Triber MPV is a seven-seater sub 4 metre vehicle that could bring about a
massive change in the lifestyles of middle class people. With four different
variants -- RXE at one end, RXL, RXT and RXZ, the car costs Rs 4.95 lakh for
the lowest variant to Rs 6.49 lakh for
the top variant RXZ.
Triber’s one litre petrol engine is mated to either a 5-speed manual
transmission or an Easy-R AMT. We drove the top end variant that had a manual
transmission. So what is the seven –seater like when it comes to features and
driving experience? Let’s check it out.
Length3990mm, width: 1739mm without door mirrors, height: 1643mm
without roof rails, Wheelbase: 2636mm
Kerb weight 947kg
Tyre size: 185/65/R15
Engine: 1.0 litre, 3 cylinder petrol engine
Gearbox: 5 speed manual transmission
Fuel efficiency: 20kmpl
Brakes: Discs in front / Drums at rear
Fuel Tank capacity: 40 litres
Triple Edge Chrome front grille with the Renault badge looks cool. There are no
fog lamps, instead Renault has put DRLs there. You get projector headlamps but
they are halogen.The Triber has a smart new front-bumper, while the bonnet is
sculpted. There are front and rear skid plates. The roof rails smartly cover
the roof drop. Then there are black plastic wheel arch protections and lower
protective door panels. The Triber has a ground clearance of 182 mm.
side profile of the vehicle is very sporty like an SUV while the vehicle sits
on R15 tyres. The lower variants get 165/80/R14 tyres. A lot of features go
missing in the lower variants.
two-part rear Eagle beak tail lamps extend onto the outside of the wings and
taper to point to the centre of the tailgate, giving it a wider stance.
interiors come in two-tone colors, from deep black for the upper part of the
dashboard to a beige and white tone for the lower part and door trims. Details
such as the chrome trim on air vents, air-conditioning dials, the start/stop
button, silver accents on the dashboard and the feel of the silver door handle
and door armrests covered with pleasant-to-the-touch fabric, add to the overall
visual appeal of the car. The central storage area is refrigerated and so is
the lower glove compartment. There is an upper glove compartment with a
capacity of more than 4 liters, more than double of what is usually available
on similar-size hatchbacks. The Renault Triber has a storage compartment of up
to 31 litres. The cup holders are accessible to everyone between the first and
second seats. While it has one USB port for front passengers, there is one 12V
socket each for the 2nd and 3rd row seats. That makes a lot of sense as
children are expected to sit at the back.
Triber’s 8 inch multimedia touch screen features the MediaNav Evolution
connected multimedia system. With its smartphone replication feature, it is
compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and their numerous driving and
entertainment apps. The multimedia system also allows videos to be played
through USB plug.
fully digital LED instrument cluster (a first in this segment) comes with a 3.5
inches LCD screen framed by three virtual gauges for the tachometer, fuel
level, and engine temperature. The vehicle comes with rear parking sensors and
the convenient hands-free card which is the car key, doors can be opened and
closed and the engine started with a smart start stop button, without making
any physical contact with the key. The sensors in the card mean that the doors
can be locked and unlocked without having to take the card out of a pocket or
bag or pressing a button. The hands-free system includes an auto-lock function when
drivers walk away from the vehicle.
MPV offers boot capacity (625 litres) in the five-seater configuration. Boot
capacity remains 320 litres in six-seater configuration and 84 litres in the
seven-seater configuration. Renault Triber also comes with functional roof
rails with a load carrying capacity of 50 kg.
Triber has a smart packaged twin Air conditioning system ensuring cooling
comfort across the rows. The second row customers get dedicated vents on centre
pillars and the third row has specific air vents located on the ceiling. The
knob to control the air flow for the second row and third row is a single one
situated on the floor console and accessible to 2nd row passengers.
I found the first row and second row very comfortable for bulky adults, the
third row was definitely a big squeeze.
vehicle offers sliding, reclinable, foldable and tumble second-row seats along
with the large door opening angles (74° on rear doors) which provide the best
level ingress and egress of its segment. The two third row seats can be
unlatched and taken out either in part or in whole. Yes, if you do not want the
back rest, you can take it out and make more room for the boot. And if you
don’t want the entire seat at the third row you can unlatch it and keep it in
your garage. There are several permutations and combinations when it comes to
PERFORMANCE & SAFETY
Triber is fitted with a 1.0-liter 3-cylinder petrol energy engine generating
71hp and 96Nm of peak torque. Since it is a small engine with three
cylinders, it has its own limitations. The moment I accelerated the car, there
was this very grating sound of the engine screaming its heart out. The little
fellow did its best to surge ahead. But I am a little doubtful whether this
machine can comfortably take seven fully grown adults on some hilly tracts. .
With shorter gear throws, the torque is available from low revs and this in
turn ensures decent acceleration. With dismal speed limits the order of the day
in India, this car has nothing to worry.
the car handled well at high speeds and NVH levels too were very decent. The
ride quality is a lot above average.
vehicle complies with all the safety requirements for the Indian market. You
get 3-point belts in all rows, with those in rows 1 and side seats in row 2
equipped with a retractor. The rest of the seats get very normal non
retractable seat belts. The driver's belt is also equipped with a pretensioner
and load limiter. The Renault Triber is fitted with 4 airbags: driver,
passenger, and front sides.
I were to sum up, I would say that the Renault Triber is a great effort from
the Renault engineering team. With growing competition and in a desperate bid
to win the hearts of the large middle class in India, they have offered 7 seats
with plenty of air conditioning and decent features. It’s set a new benchmark
in the entry level MPV segment. It’s born to lead.
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