The Renault TRIBER was launched today at an astonishing price point that is sure to generate a lot of interest in this unique ultra modular vehicle, specially designed for the Indian market. With four trims RXE, RXL, RXT and RXZ, the TRIBER will be available at a starting price of INR 4.95 lacs (ex-showroom, all India) for the RXE model, and go up to INR 6.49 lacs for the top RXZ model. The RXL has been priced at INR 5.49 lacs and RXT at INR 5.99 lacs.
In what seems to be a very aggressively priced game changing product that will unsettle the current players in the B-segment, the TRIBER promises unmatched value proposition to customers with a robust, spacious, ultra-modular, fuel-efficient vehicle with attractive interiors, that packs in many modern and practical features in under 4 meters.
The Renault TRIBER will bridge the gap between KWID and the Duster in India and compete in the B-segment – the largest and the fastest growing segment of the Indian automobile market. Customers in this segment place a high premium on value proposition, and this vehicle is likely to replicate the success of the entry level KWID for the company, by reinventing the game in terms of space and modularity.
Renault’s mid-term objective of doubling sales volume to 200,000 units annually in India is backed by an aggressive product offensive, and a growing network of over 350 sales and 264 service facilities across the country. Rural markets are a key focus area as well. In September, the company plans to kick-start an activity targeting 330 rural towns across 18 states.
Renault TRIBER is an attractively designed, sturdy, compact, roomy and modular vehicle. It offers tremendous versatility in accommodating one to seven adults in reasonable comfort in less than 4 meters. In its five seater configuration, Renault TRIBER also has the largest boot capacity in its category.
The exterior sports a vibrant look with sleek and taut lines as well as an inclined windscreen and rear window and slight roof drop. It is further accentuated by the body-fold which joins the door handles and extends onto the sculpted wing shoulders. The front-bumper expresses sturdiness and modernity and suggests a greater capacity to cope with the most difficult roads. Best level of ground clearance of 182 mm reinforces the impression of robustness, as do other features such as the sculpted bonnet, front and rear SUV skid plates, roof rails with load carrying capacity, and wheel arch cladding and lower protective door panels, giving the vehicle an adventurous look and making it suitable for all types of roads. Signature Renault design features such as LED daytime running lights circled in chrome and black masks, the Renault logo, Triple Edge Chrome front grille and projector headlamps complete the assertive look. The Eagle beak split tail lamps extend onto the outside of the wings and taper to point to the centre of the tailgate, accentuating the rear design. The SUV skid plates extending up the bumper emphasises its robustness.
The modern interior design presents leading-edge technologies for everyday comfort and ease of use, and a truly pleasurable on-board experience. Two-tone colours, from deep black for the upper part of the dashboard to a beige tone for the lower part and door trims, details such as 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.
A cooled storage on central console and cup holders are accessible to everyone between the first and second seats. In addition to the lower glove compartment, which is also cooled, there is an upper glove compartment with a capacity of more than 4 litres. Overall, interior storage compartments of up to 31 litres are available in the car.
The 8″ multimedia touch screen 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. The fully digital LED instrument cluster with an 8.9 cm LCD screen is framed by three virtual gauges for the tachometer, fuel level, and engine temperature.
TRIBER offers the convenience of hands-free entry, a start stop button, and the sensors in the smart card mean that doors can be locked and unlocked without having to take the card out or pressing a button. The hands-free system includes an auto-lock function when drivers walk away from the vehicle.
Twin Air conditioning system ensures cooling comfort across the rows. The second-row customers get dedicated vents on central pillars and the third row has air vents located on the ceiling. The air flow can be adjusted for each row.
Fitted with a 1.0L 3-cylinder petrol engine generating 72Ps with 96Nm torque, and paired with a five-speed manual transmission the Renault TRIBER balances performance with fuel economy. Equipped with modern technology like a dual VVT system, the engine delivers optimum response at all revs. Torque is available from low revs which ensures optimum acceleration. The engine offers the right balance between performance and economy with good fuel efficiency and low maintenance cost.
Safety features include rear parking sensors and reverse camera providing drivers with enhanced visibility and precision for safe rear manoeuvring and parking. It is fitted with 4 airbags for the driver, passenger and front sides.
The modular platform of Renault TRIBER is new and offers advantages which give Renault TRIBER a crucial edge. There is more space inside the passenger compartment, adding to roominess, flexibility and comfort. And if it is matched with a superior driving experience, the TRIBER may just be a runaway success.