Renault India's new seven-seater has been teased on the company's official website, ahead of its global unveil on June 19, 2019.
Renault has dropped the first teaser of its new model, the Triber, showing some of its key design elements. Designed and developed exclusively for the Indian market, the upcoming product from the French automaker is going to be a seven-seater, albeit it won’t be your typical MPV. Instead, it’ll flaunt a design that'll be more like that of a premium crossover hatchback.
The Triber will be based on a new platform, which is basically a modified version of the Kwid’s CMF-A platform. The seven-seater will slot in between the entry-level hatchback and Duster SUV in the brand’s line-up in India. Size wise, the Triber will stick to being a sub-4m vehicle. As for its design, the teaser shows that it’ll have a butch front-fascia, while some of the main highlights include a V-shaped grille, projector lamps and LED DRLs, etc. The front-end, with its prominent power dome, also has hints of the Captur’s nose in there. To give it a more rugged look, the Triber also comes with roof rails, which are clearly visible in the teaser picture.
Inside, the Triber will have premium features, and this will include a large touchscreen infotainment equipped with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Other features such as electrically foldable ORVMS, automatic climate control, et al, will also be present. The third-row will have space for two passengers with dedicated AC vents. The last row seats will be removable so as to create more space in the luggage compartment. Apart from this, the Triber will come equipped with dual front airbags, ABS, rear parking sensors and camera (in higher variants).
There’s no confirmation on its powertrains as yet, but it may come powered by the same 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine that does duty in the Kwid. The engine is rated at 67bhp and develops 91Nm of torque. However, given the fact that the Triber is a longer and heavier vehicle, Renault may tune the engine to deliver more horses. In the Renault Kwid, the engine is offered with a 5-speed manual as well as 5-speed AMT transmission. The Triber is likely to get the same drivetrain. Apart from this, a turbocharged petrol unit is also rumoured for the Triber later on. Also, as of now, it looks like Renault will give diesel engine a miss in the Triber.
When launched, the Renault Triber is expected to have a price-tag ranging between Rs 6 lakh to Rs 8 lakh (ex-showroom). While it may not have a direct rival at that price, it’ll be a significantly more affordable alternative to the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga.