Come to think of it, a seven-seater within the sub-four-metre mark may seem difficult at first, but with the new Triber, Renault have managed to pull it off rather well. It stands pretty tall and is built on a modified version of the CMF-A platform – the same one the Kwid is built on. The Triber comes across as a surprisingly roomy car, making it a very practical proposition. However, what’s left to be seen is whether customers will take to such a design. Of course, the pricing is bound to be very competitive, and the Triber creates its very own segment, as we further reveal in our Renault Triber review….
From the outside, the Triber does come across as an attractive car, despite its relatively tall stance. At the front, it looks quite imposing and more like an SUV. It boasts of a three-slat grille, flanked by stylish, eagle-eye-like headlamps and a shapely bumper with a skid plate below. The bonnet looks nice and chunky. Along the sides, it has a prominent beltline and wheels that fill up the wheel arches well. Move to the back, and you’ll notice stylish wrap-around tail lights with ‘Triber’ embossed on the tailgate. Just like the Kwid, the Triber too gets plastic cladding all around. Those roof rails give it a bit of an SUV stance.
Thanks to the extended wheelbase, there is lots of room inside the cabin, and Renault’s designers have positioned each row slightly higher than the previous one, calling it theatre seating. Apart from a few bits and bobs like the gear lever, everything else is refreshingly new on the inside. The levels of quality, fit and finish are impressive as well. And the black, beige and silver accents are a nice colour combination too. Bang in the middle of the dashboard sits a new 8.0-inch touchscreen that features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and functions very well. You’ll also notice the all-digital instrument cluster and the 3.5-inch LCD screen in the centre. There are also lots of storage areas around, and the Triber features AC vents not only for the second row, but for the third row as well. It also has a cooled glovebox. The front seats are huge and comfortable, and there’s plenty of legroom. In the second row, you sit a little higher; under-thigh support is great here too. Also, the second-row seats slide back and forth. Access to the third row will have you flip the second-row seats forward, but this is a row best used by children. With all three rows up, boot space is just 84 litres.
Beneath the bonnet, the Triber gets a 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder engine that produces 71bhp and 96Nm of torque for our Triber review. Power from the engine is quite good, but the gearbox feels a lot like the one on the Kwid. But somehow, it is nicer to use as it is placed properly. Thanks to the tall and soft suspension, the ride comfort is quite impressive. The steering is nicely weighted, but there is body roll when you take it through a set of corners.
If Renault undercuts the 7 lakh rupee figure, they may well have a winner on their hands, for the Triber genuinely makes for a very comfortable and practical car – just what the Indian buyer is looking for. Let’s also not forget that it is built well, and rides remarkably well over bad roads.