It's a seven-seater MPV but it doesn't look like one. It is spacious yet compact. And, despite being a well-packaged product it comes at the price of most other B-segment hatchbacks available in India. Yes, you must have already guessed we are talking about the Renault Triber, and we've welcomed it into our long term fleet. We shall see over the course, if and how, this top-spec RXZ trim packs in more value-for-money than other hatchbacks and MPVs.
There's no second thought before saying that it's one of the best-looking MPVs available in India as of now. Its styling, like those of the crossovers with a high ground clearance, wheel cladding and roof rails, do make it a handsome-looking vehicle. I'm not really fascinated by this mustard yellow exterior paint, but it doesn't matter for it overall looks very proportionate. This top-of-the-line variant gets bigger 15-inch wheels unlike other variants getting 14-inch ones. And in spite of these being steel rims, Renault has done an excellent job in designing these covers that look like alloy wheels. Also, you'll notice that the car misses out on fog lamps but then, it benefits from bright DRLs and projector headlamps.
Now despite being less than four metres in length, it gets a spacious cabin! Renault has nicely packed in three rows of seats, but how practical is it? Well, we shall see that in the coming days. It also gets a host of features and modern equipment, all of it at a competitive price tag which has made it successful in our market. Renault further has plans to introduce automatic and more powerful versions of the same. For now, our long term car is the current model powered by a 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol mill producing 71bhp of power and 96Nm of torque. It comes mated to a five-speed manual gearbox, and this one has an ARAI-rated fuel efficiency of 20kmpl.
It's quite an interesting package then. We shall tell you more about this as we plan to make it our workhorse at CarWale. The Triber shall play a role of a seven-seater at times, otherwise just ferry around a few people like any other hatchback. But our next report surely will focus on its highway usage directly, as we drove the Triber from Mumbai to Delhi and back for the Auto Expo 2020.