The Triber sub-compact MPV has been a hugely successful product for Renault in India. The Triber is India’s first modular MPV which gets a removable third row of seating to liberate additional boot space. There are no other MPVs, or any vehicle, under 4 meters that offer the capacity to seat seven passengers. The Triber has been an instrumental product for Renault to penetrate into tier II and tier III cities, a demography that hugely appreciates more seating capacity at an affordable package.
Now, Renault seems to be gearing up for the launch of the 2021 Triber with a few minor, but very tasteful updates. A recently leaked document has revealed a few interesting details about the Triber for the 2021 model year. Renault will be updating the Triber with new dual-tone color options, but it will be limited to only the top-spec RXZ trim. Renault will also be introducing a new Cedar Brown color option that will likely replace the now-discontinued Red color option. All the color options will be offered with a new black contrasting roof on the top-spec dual-tone RXZ trim.
Apart from new paint schemes, the Triber will also be updated with LED turn indicators on the ORVMs and a dual-horn setup. Updates are not just limited to the outside, but on the inside, the Triber will benefit from the addition of steering-mounted controls and a height-adjustable driver’s seat. The Triber already comes plenty well loaded with features such as Projector headlamps, LED DRLs, 14-inch alloy wheels, LED instrument cluster, 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, passive keyless entry and more.
There will, however, be no mechanical changes with this update. Powering the 7-seater MPV is the familiar BR10 1.0-litre Dual VVT petrol engine. The naturally aspirated three-cylinder mill produces a maximum power of 72 PS at 6,250 rpm and a peak torque of 96 Nm at 3,500 rpm. For transmission duties, there is either a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed AMT gearbox. The engine has been the only sore point of the Triber as it feels a little underpowered. That issue will likely be resolved when Renault introduces the 1.0L turbo-petrol engine on the Triber, the same that's offered with the Kiger.
The 100hp, 1.0L turbo-petrol engine is long due on the Triber, but it will likely be introduced only in 2022. As for this current update, Renault is yet to announce the launch date for the 2021 Triber. Currently priced between INR 5.20 lakh - INR 7.50 lakh, the updated model is expected to command a marginal premium over the existing model. At this price point, the Triber rivals the likes the Maruti Suzuki Swift, Ford Figo, and Maruti WagonR, but offers practicality like no other.