Launched earlier this year, the Renault Triber is doing fairly well for the French automaker in India. To further increase its sales, Renault is planning to roll out a more powerful version of the car. Read – Renault HBC Compact SUV Launch Details Revealed
The current model has a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder naturally-aspirated engine that churns out 72bhp and 96Nm. For a 1.0-litre engine, the power seems adequate, it feels really low for a 7-seater. The new turbocharged petrol engine will address that concern. Though there is no clarity yet on how much power will it produce, we expect it to at least produce over 90bhp.
Besides the new turbo petrol engine, the Triber will also get an AMT variant. And it will most likely be offered with the naturally-aspirated model. Whereas the turbo variant will be coupled with a 5-speed manual gearbox. The AMT-version will be launched by the end of January, the turbo-petrol will come in March 2020.
Besides the under-powered petrol engine (with 7 people on-board), we actually liked the Triber very much when we first test drove it. It’s a good looking vehicle for a compact MPV, offers good space and seating flexibility and several storage compartments/cubbyholes that make it an extremely practical vehicle.
The compact MPV also gets features like 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support, air-conditioning vents on all seats, engine start-stop button, halogen projectors and LED daytime-running lights, etc as standard across all trims. Read – BS6 Renault Kwid Coming Soon
While the Triber and Kwid are doing alright for the carmaker, we can’t say the same for Duster and Lodgy. In fact Lodgy’s sales have come down to single digit, which has compelled the carmaker to shut its production here. With new BS6 norms coming in April 2020, we expect to see several changes in the company’s product strategy. The Duster and Captur will most likely be offered only as petrol SUVs, as the Renault-Nissan Alliance’s 1.5-L dCI isn’t compatible with the BS6 requirements.
Stay tuned to ICN for more updates on future Renault plans.