Seven-seat crossover for developing markets offers van-like versatility in a compact package.
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Renault has revealed its new Triber people-moving crossover for the Indian market, boasting ultra-compact dimensions and three rows of seating.

Measuring just 3990mm long and 1739mm wide, the Triber is shorter and skinnier than the current Clio hatchback, yet manages to stuff seven seats in, and is powered by a little 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine making 92PS (67kW) and 96Nm.

The French brand touts the interior versatility of its van-like crossover, which offers 625L of cargo capacity with the third row of seats folded, and more than 100 different seating configurations.

A sliding and reclining second row is standard, while the third row of seats can be folded or even removed completely.

Being a vehicle aimed at a developing market, the Triber doesn't have the fancy cabin design or plush materials you might see in one of Renault's Euro-focused models. The Triber has a somewhat basic interior that looks to be exclusively trimmed in hard plastics, and the steering wheel is devoid of buttons.

There's an 8.0-inch central touchscreen, though, which has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with a 3.5-inch multifunction driver's instrument display.

As mentioned earlier, the Triber will launch exclusively with a 1.0-litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine that is shared with overseas versions of the Clio and Dacia Sandero. A five-speed manual is standard, while an automated manual is available as an option.

In terms of safety, there's four airbags covering the front and side of the first row, but that's about it – it's worth noting the Triber's developing market focus. There are, however, three-point seatbelts in all three rows, with the driver's unit fitted with a pretensioner.

Under the skin Renault says the Triber rides on a "unique and latest-generation modular platform created by the Alliance", though doesn't go into much more detail. Given the powertrain is shared with other models, it's likely the crossover shares components with compact models like the aforementioned Clio and Sandero.

If you're wondering where the name comes from, Renault says: "in India, locals like to travel with their family or as a ‘tribe’, without having to spend a fortune on a big car".

The new Renault Triber will go on sale in India during the second half of 2019, and will be built at the company's factory in Chennai.

Australia

Speaking with CarAdvice, Renault's local corporate communications manager, Alison Van Den Dungen, said "There are currently no plans to bring the Triber to Australia". No surprises there.

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