Renault’s hit a purple patch of sorts with the Triber compact MPV. The hot-selling compact MPV has helped Renault beat well entrenched competition in India, to become the 5th largest car maker. Renault India is now ahead of Tata Motors (10,400 units), Toyota (8,312 units), Honda (6,459 units) and Ford (5,392 units) all thanks to the Triber propelling its overall monthly sales in November 2019 to 10,800 units. These sales represent a whopping 76.1 % increase from those in the same month last year, when the French car brand did just 6,134 units. The Triber and the facelifted Kwid have together done 10,251 units, with the Triber managing 6,071 units while the facelifted Kwid has clocked 4,182 units.
Other Renault offerings: the facelifted Duster and the Captur compact SUVs, and the Lodgy MPV, have together done less than 600 units in November 2019, which clearly shows that the facelift doesn’t seem to have done much to boost Duster sales, and that the Captur and Lodgy are big flops with no upside in sight. Renault’s sales rise thanks to the Triber and Kwid is in sharp contrast to the fortunes of much of the Indian car industry. Tata Motors, Toyota, Honda and Ford have all lost marketshare in November 2019, and this is another reason why Renault has managed to wrest the fifth place in the industry from established rivals. Maruti continues to lead the car industry, with Hyundai, Mahindra and Kia Motors occupying the other three slots behind it.
Coming back to the Renault Triber, the recently launched compact MPV is one of the best looking 7 seaters in the sub-Rs. 10 lakh segments. Based on the Kwid’s CMF-A platform, the Triber is priced very well, with prices starting from Rs. 4.95 lakhs for the base RXE trim. The compact MPV is powered by the 1 liter-3 cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine that is also seen on the Kwid 1.0. On the Triber, this motor makes 72 Bhp-96 Nm, and is paired to a five speed manual gearbox as standard. A 5 speed automated manual transmission (AMT) is expected to be introduced early next year. A key selling point of this compact MPV, apart from its sharp pricing, is the sheer versatility it offers in terms of interiors.
The MPV has three rows of seats, two of which be mixed and matched for the owner to toggle between carrying more passengers/luggage. The last row of seats are totally removable, which gives this MPV a big boot when needed. The seats on the middle row can also be moved around to increase space to carry longer objects. All in all, the Triber compact MPV has proven that a well-rounded, attractively designed car can sell big even during sales slowdowns. It’ll be interesting to see how Renault manages to maintain sales momentum of this vehicle in the months to come. Will the AMT trim do the trick or will it be the CNG-Petrol dual fuel version, or better still, will we also get a more powerful version to attract Maruti Ertiga buyers? Time will tell.