Renault has just launched its 7-seater Triber crossover in SA! Here’s how much it costs and what's in it.
Renault is expanding its burgeoning crossover offering with the new Triber, which is based on a modified version of the CMF-A platform which underpins the popular Kwid hatchback and will compete against rivals such as the Suzuki Ertiga, Honda BR-V and Toyota Avanza.
Standing less than 4-metres in length, the Triber shares some design inspiration with the familiar Captur and Kadjar, including the clamshell bonnet and daytime LEDs, with the Triber understood to be strategically aimed at Renault’s BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) market customers. The Triber is produced in India.
The option of 7 seats adds practicality, but a 5-seat configuration is easily achieved by simply removing the third row.
In terms of practical design, the Triber comes with roof rails capable of holding a 50 kg load, while ground clearance is claimed at 182 mm which is useful for kerb hopping or driving the odd rural road.
The Triber adds unique appeal with the presence of the third row of seats – which are removable, to either prioritise passenger portability or luggage space. Renault claims that there are 100 seating configurations in the Triber with the ability to completely remove the rear seats if desired. With the third row of seating removed, luggage space is claimed at 625 litres.
The notion of an affordable compact crossover with 3 rows of seating has until now been a fleeting idea and Renault’s product planners have certainly analysed the business case and spotted an opportunity.
To ensure the requisite comfort, Triber has a dedicated air-conditioning duct serving the 2nd and third-row of seats and infotainment is serviced by an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system which plays nice with either Apple or Android smartphones and offers navigation as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
A simple, yet stylish interior design should find favour with buyers.
Powering the Triber will be a tweaked version of Renault’s proven 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder engine which offers 52 kW and 96 Nm of torque and comes paired with a 5-speed manual gearbox. Claimed fuel economy of the Triber sits at 5.5L/100 km.
It's also worth noting that Renault showed the Triber at the recent Auto Expo in India with a turbocharged, 3-cylinder 1.0-litre petrol engine with outputs of 74 kW and 160 Nm of torque, however, at the time of launch there is no indication that this engine will be made available in SA.
Unlike the sparse initial safety specification of the Kwid, Renault has equipped the Triber driver and passenger airbags across the range and on the Prestige model, a further 2 front side airbags.
Rear parking sensors also feature on the Triber making it slightly easier to park.
Renault Triber - Price in South Africa
Renault Triber Expression 1.0-litre ENERGY - R164 900
Renault Triber Dynamique 1.0-litre ENERGY - R174 900
Renault Triber Prestige 1.0-litre ENERGY - R189 900
In terms of after-sales service, the Triber comes with a 2-year/ 30 000 km service plan and a 5-year/150 000 km mechanical warranty. Services take place at 15 000 km intervals.