Renault India is all set to launch a brand new, 7 seat low cost MPV based on the Kwid in the second half of 2019. The new MPV will be a sub-4 meter offering and will sit on the Renault Kwid’s CMF-A platform, which means that it will share parts extensively with the budget hatchback. The Triber will get many segment first features including a fold-able third row of seats that will give owners the flexibility of boosting luggage area or carrying an additional pair of passengers. Here are a couple of design sketches of the Renault Triber that have leaked onto the internet.
From the sketches, it’s clear that the Triber will have a tall boy stance. It will have totally fresh styling that gives it a distinct design, which is quite different from that of the Renault Kwid. Code-named the RBC, the Renault Triber has been designed for emerging car markets such as India, Brazil and Indonesia. The Renault Triber will be launched in India in the middle of this year, in July to be precise. The MPV is expected to be one of the most affordable MPVs sold in India, and will be positioned under the Maruti Ertiga in terms of pricing.
We expect a starting price of about Rs. 5 lakh for Renault’s low cost MPV, which should make it quite attractive to those seeking a contemporary 7 seater that’s very affordable. The MPV will be powered by the Kwid’s 1 liter-3 cylinder petrol engine, with a power and torque boost. Power is expected to go up to about 75 Bhp (up from 68 Bhp) and 100 Nm of peak torque (up from 90 Nm). A 5 speed manual gearbox will drive the front wheels of the MPV. A 5 speed AMT option is likely to be offered as an option.
Most parts of the Renault Triber’s interiors are expected to be shared with the Kwid, but with different styling touches and colour schemes. ABS, airbags, reverse parking sensors, seat belt reminder and speed alerts will be standard safety features on the new MPV, which will comply with Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Program (BNVSAP) right from launch. Renault has just put out a couple of teasers of the Triber, and in the coming months, expect a range of teasers revealing more of the MPV. With July just 3 months away from now, don’t be surprised to see un-camouflaged examples of the Triber leaking out ahead of the launch.
As for competition, the Renault Triber will compete with the Datsun Go+ and the Maruti Eeco. It’s likely to be a much more contemporary vehicle than the Go+ and Eeco. There won’t be any diesel engine on offer although Renault could offer CNG and LPG options in future.