There is some good news all the way from Delhi, India in the form of the new seven-seater Renault Triber. Renault has made a bold move expanding their range in the hotly contested crossover market. The Triber is a modified version of the Renault Kwid’s CMF-A platform and will be vying for top spot against the likes of the Honda BR-V, Suzuki Ertiga and Toyota Avanza.
The French carmaker confirmed that they will manufacture the Renault Triber in Chennai and sell it at a very “competitive price” in the Indian market in the latter part of 2019. They’ve described it as a “joint project” between Renault India and Renault France.
According to the CEO of Groupe Renault, Thierry Bolloré, “The Renault Triber was conceived, developed and produced in India, for Indian customers first, before we take it to the world. It is a real game-changer.”
Renault Triber Specifications And Performance
The Renault Triber may be a seven-seater but it’s only 3 990 mm long with a wheelbase of 2 636 mm. Weighing in at only 947 kg, the Triber took some of its design inspiration from the Renault Captur and Kadjar which includes the clamshell bonnet and daytime running LED lights.
As far as ground clearance goes, the Renault Triber sits comfortably at 182 mm while the automaker has added several styling cues synonymous to an off-roader from black plastic body cladding to skid plates at the front and rear. Additional features include rear parking sensors and a reversing camera on the Indian-spec for the moment at least.
They’ve also ensured a feeling of practicality as the seven-seats can easily be transformed into five by simply removing the third row. Renault has dubbed the Triber as having the largest boot capacity in its class with 625 litres when in the five-seater configuration.
A modified version of Renault’s well-established 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder engine will power the Triber pushing out 53 kW and 96 Nm of torque. The Renault Triber will be available with a 5-speed manual gearbox or an automated manual transmission (AMT). In terms of safety, the Triber comes standard with 4 airbags which is a big improvement on the earlier Renault Kwid specifications.
Inside The Renault Triber
The interior design is simple, yet stylish and should really please many potential buyers. For added comfort, the Renault Triber has a dedicated air-conditioning duct for the third-row of passengers while the 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system offers good navigation and pairs well with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Initial reports suggest that the Renault Triber is strategically aimed at Renault’s BRICS countries which include Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. While the Triber will be manufactured in India, Renault South Africa has confirmed that it should be available in South Africa in 2020. There is no confirmation on local pricing or detailed specification but all will be revealed closer to the launch date.