Renault Triber Is Bound To Be Full Of Compromises – So, Is It?

India’s average motorists need a sub 4-meter car, powered by a small engine and with lots of space inside. This trend, which goes easy on family budgets, has attracted Renault, whose latest proposal for the local market is called the Triber.

Shown earlier this summer, the people carrier with crossover styling influences follows in the footsteps of the Kwid, although with two extra seats and a very roomy interior, in a car that doesn’t break the bank. In fact, the local media expects it to start from the equivalent of $7,000, less than half the price of a new Toyota Yaris in the States.

The highly versatile interior features 100+ possible seating configurations, including sliding and reclining second-row and easy to remove and install third-row, both of them offering sufficient space for adults. No matter where they sit, occupants enjoy air vents and 12V charging ports or USB sockets. Furthermore, drivers have an 8-inch touchscreen display at their disposal, with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

Most aspects sound promising so far, including the boot capacity, which is 625 liters (22.1 cu-ft) after removing the third row. But surely, offering that much in a very small package built on a budget means that the automaker had to sacrifice a lot, right? From the cheap plastics to the tiny engine, which produces only 71 hp and 71 lb-ft (96 Nm) of torque, available with a 5-speed manual or 5-speed automatic transmission, everything screams compromise.

Is that so, however? Well, Autocar India’s reviewer, who drove the Triber at Renault’s test track, was actually very excited about it. Must be a reason for that, we presume…

 

  • Six_Tymes

    THAT Price is inline with what most people can afford. Bring it to the UK and the US, and other countries. This is much better than the over priced Honda fit.

    • Alex

      Lol the Triber is way too cheap for the first world. It is MUCH worse than an Ecosport.

  • Loquacious Borborygmus

    The highly versatile interior features 100+ possible seating configurations
    If you’ve seen the trains in India, that car will probably accommodate 100+ people.

  • Hoe

    A very good example of a brand adapting to different markets, very well done Renault. I guess it will sell a lot there

  • EyalN

    I love modern car reviews.
    He is showing the car’s interior and saying how good it is when you can see that it is real low quality.
    If he is going to say it is low quality, Renault are not going to let him drive another car.
    Renault that is made just for India has to be very unsafe to drive with real low quality materials

    • Loquacious Borborygmus

      Renault that is made just for India has to be very unsafe to drive
      And your proof of this is?

      • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

        It’s 7k. There’s no way it meets western safety standards. Renault has a history of doing this.

        • Loquacious Borborygmus

          In what way would it meeting different safety standards make it very unsafe to drive?

          • EyalN
          • Loquacious Borborygmus

            Okay…so that car is how much? Roughly $ 1900? And this makes it relevant to compare with this costing $7000. Your argument is specious.
            Not forgetting that in India your allowed to sell cars that are inherently dangerous…

          • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

            There’s either good or bad safety standards. Don’t you think its actually rather disgusting of western companies to sell these kinds of vehicles knowing they would be liabilities in the west? But they get away with it in India and Brazil?

          • Loquacious Borborygmus

            I’m pretty sure that Renault don’t set the standards. Governments do. What do you think they should do? Build to the standards set in other parts of the world adding several thousand dollars to the price and making the car totally uncompetitive?
            You’ll note I say standards not safety standards.

          • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

            That’s just it; it really doesn’t add $1000’s. I work in the industry. Car companies will look for a way to reduce 2 bucks from a car, no matter how irrelevant that is. The auto industry have long been morally dubious.

          • Loquacious Borborygmus

            Morally dubious I have no doubt. $2 per car can add up incidentally when you think of the numbers. Hey, they’re a business like others.

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