Renault India is all set to launch a new compact MPV called the Triber, which was showcased last month. The new Triber MPV will be positioned in between the Kwid and the Duster as an affordable people mover that can seat seven. The sub-4 meter offering is front wheel driven and based on the Kwid’s low cost CMF-A platform. It will be built in India at Renault-Nissan’s Oragadam factory, and could also be exported to many emerging markets that want a compact MPV. A bunch of new details about the Triber have leaked onto Team-BHP.
From the leaked details, it seems that Renault India will position the Triber against B-Segment hatchbacks such as the Maruti Swift and the Hyundai Grand i10. The Triber will have 182 mm of ground clearance that give it good ability to tackle bad roads. Considering the fact that Renault cars are known for their excellent ride qualities, we expect the Triber to be no different.
Projector headlamps and LED DRLs will be offered on the Triber, which will also get a dual tone dashboard, electric power steering and a touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Interestingly, the top-end Triber will get four airbags, two more than the Renault Duster compact SUV, which sits a segment above. The MPV will get a 7 seat layout. The last row of seats will be removable, and this is meant to give the seating layout a modular design. Triber owners will a lot of flexibility in terms of accommodating passengers and luggage carrying ability.
The MPV will be powered by a 1 liter-3 cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine with 72 Bhp of peak power and 96 Nm of peak torque. Notably, this is the same engine that powers the Kwid 1.0, but gets a higher state of tune for the Triber. A five speed manual gearbox will be standard while a 5 speed automated manual transmission will be offered as an option. These outputs make the Triber less powerful than both the Maruti Swift and the Hyundai Grand i10. The Maruti Swift is also available with a diesel engine, an option that’s missing on the Triber.
As for safety features, the new leaked documents reveal that the Triber’s airbags wil deploy only if seat belts are worn. Also, the car will get an automatic door unlock feature in case of crashes, side impact beams, crumple zones and a collapsible steering column. The car has also qualified for side impact and front offset impact crash tests. Even the base trim will get ABS, twin airbags, speed alerts, seat belt reminder and reverse parking sensors. The Triber will be launched in August 2019. A starting price close to Rs. 5 lakhs is what the compact MPV is likely to be positioned at.