Its official, the new seven-seater Renault Triber is coming to South Africa in 2020. The new Triber is built on Renault’s modular CMF-A+ platform that also underpins the Kwid hatchback. It is the epitome of “value-for-money” slotting in seamlessly above the Renault Kwid and likely set to challenge the Datsun GO+.
The French automaker confirmed that the 2020 Renault Triber will be manufactured in Chennai and sold to the eager public in India at a very competitive price toward the second half of 2019. This new addition to the Renault family has been described as a “joint project” between their Indian and French teams.
According to Thierry Bolloré, CEO of Groupe Renault, “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
Despite being a seven-seater, the new Renault Triber only measures 3 990 mm long with a wheelbase of 2 636 mm, weighing in at 947 kg. Cars under four metres have a reduced excise duty in India which is part of the reason why this model is classified as a “game-changer”.
Renault claims it has the “largest boot capacity of its category” with 625 litres when the third row of seats is completely removed. Ground clearance is quite impressive at 182 mm with Renault adding various SUV styling cues including front and rear skid plates and black plastic body cladding. Paired with the ground clearance, the Renault Triber certainly looks tougher and ready for anything.
Features, Safety and Performance
On the inside of a top-spec Renault Triber you will find an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system fully integrated with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality and a digital instrument cluster. There are also air-conditioning vents in all three rows, a cooled centre box, keyless entry, push-button start/stop and electric windows. The outside shows modern styling with projector headlamps, LED DRLs and a rear window wiper.
The Renault Triber comes with three-point seat belts in all rows, ABS brakes, reverse parking sensors and at least two airbags. On top-spec models (in India at least) there are additional safety features including front-side airbags and a rear parking camera.
In terms of performance, power comes from the Renault’s naturally aspirated 1,0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine producing 53 kW and 96 Nm of torque. It will be mated to either a five-speed manual gearbox or an automated manual transmission (AMT).
The French automaker hopes that the Renault Triber will attract buyers from other B-segment hatchbacks thanks to its compact size, spacious interior, flexible seating configurations and affordable pricing. There has been no confirmation yet of when the new Triber will arrive in South Africa but you can keep up to date by reading our blog and following us on Facebook.