Renault has launched the all-new Triber at Rs 4.95-6.49 lakh. The seven-seat model is available in four variants and comes with one engine and one gearbox.
|Renault Triber variant-wise prices (ex-showroom, India)|
|RxE||Rs 4.95 lakh|
|RxL||Rs 5.49 lakh|
|RxT||Rs 5.99 lakh|
|RxZ||Rs 6.49 lakh|
Powering the Renault Triber is an upgraded version of the Kwid’s 1.0-litre (BR10), three-cylinder petrol engine. It makes 72hp and 96Nm of torque and comes paired to a 5-speed manual gearbox as standard. The ARAI-rated mileage for this engine-gearbox combination is 20kpl. Renault is expected to introduce a turbocharged version of the 1.0-litre petrol engine at a later stage and an AMT gearbox option. The 1.0-litre petrol motor is BS4-compliant and will be upgraded to BS6-spec before the April 2020 deadline.
Top-spec Tribers feature an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality, a digital instrument cluster, AC vents in all three rows, a cooled centre box, keyless entry, push-button start/stop, power windows, projector headlamps with LED DRLs and a rear wash-wipe. In terms of safety, all Tribers come with three-point seat belts on all rows, ABS, reverse parking sensors and at least two airbags. Additionally, top-spec variants get the added safety of front-side airbags and a rear parking camera.
The Triber is built on Renault’s modular CMF-A+ platform that also underpins the Kwid hatchback. It measures 3,990mm in length, 1,739mm in width, 1,643mm in height and 2,636mm in wheelbase so it’s a fairly substantial car, even among sub-four-metre models. The Triber is one of two compact (under 4m) seven-seater offerings in the Indian market; the other being the Datsun Go+. With all seats in place, the Triber’s boot space is all of 84 litres. However, the rear-most seats can be removed altogether, increasing luggage room to an impressive 625 litres. Besides the SUV-like styling, the Triber’s 182mm of ground clearance also helps the model look more muscular.
While the Triber looks to be a bit of a niche model – offering seating for seven but at a price point between the Datsun Go+ (Rs 3.86-5.94 lakh) and the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga petrol variants (Rs 7.55-10.06 lakh) – its Rs 4.95-6.49 lakh* price tag will see it compete against the Maruti Suzuki Wagon R 1.0 (Rs 4.34-5.33 lakh) and the petrol-powered versions of the Hyundai Grand i10 (Rs 5.02-7.09 lakh) and Ford Figo (Rs 5.23-7.70 lakh).
The French brand hopes that the Triber’s compact size, spacious interiors and flexible seating configurations, coupled with the price, will help draw buyers from similar-size B segment hatchbacks. The Triber will retail from Renault India’s network that comprises of over 350 outlets.