Renault India has just launched the facelifted Duster SUV, and the French automaker’s next big launch will happen in August 2019, when the Triber compact MPV will be launched, says an ACI report. First showcased last month in India, the Triber will be a global low cost MPV that will be sold in emerging markets of the world. Based on the Kwid’s CMF-A platform, the Triber will be projected as a low cost alternative to the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga, one of India’s best selling MPVs. Significantly smaller than the Ertiga, the Renault Triber ducks under the 4 meters length mark for excise duty benefits, and should be seen as Renault’s modern take on the Datsun Go+ station wagon. The Triber looks a lot more contemporary thanks to its butch styling, and will be targeted at younger car buyers.
The Triber borrows the 1 liter-3 cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine from the Kwid. This motor makes 72 Bhp-96 Nm on the Triber, and the slightly higher outputs are meant to handle the extra weight of the compact MPV when compared to that of the Kwid. A five speed manual gearbox will be retained, with an AMT option thrown in. The Triber will be a front wheel driven MPV, and will have innovative seating layouts that seek to maximize the versatility of the vehicle.
The compact MPV will be sold as a five seater with customers having the option of purchasing an extra row of seats from dealerships to make it a 6/7 seater. Even the stock 5 seat layout of the Triber will offer multiple configurations to customers, making the MPV really live up to its expanded form: Multi Purpose Vehicle.
As for modern touches in the inside of the car, the cabin will get a fresh look that gives the Triber a distinct appeal and ample differentiation from the Kwid. A touchscreen infotainment unit – Renault’s MediaNav – will be offered on the higher variants. The infotainment unit will pack in Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and will also get steering stalk mounted controls. Twin airbags, reverse parking sensors, speed alerts, ISOFIX child seat mounts, seat belt reminders and ABS will be the standard safety features offered across most if not all variants of the new compact MPV. Expect many modern creature comforts including multiple charging sockets, power adjustable wing mirrors and height adjustable driver’s seat. Prices are likely to start from around Rs. 5 lakhs, making the Triber an attractive, spacious alternative to budget hatchbacks.