JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Renault’s Triber multi-seat, cargo-adjustable, family SUV has been updated for 2021 after scoring 2500 sales in South Africa during these horrid, torrid, Covid times.
The model was launched in February 2020 on the back of advertising that included low maintenance costs, a cabin capable of temporarily ditching some or all of its passenger seats in favour of a modest amount of cargo, and a robust shell.
The revised models, Renault says, have a widened rear with ”best-in-class” eagle’s-beak tail-lights that are not only prominent horizontally but also wrap around on to the tail door.
”All in all,” Renault SA says, ”the Triber portrays a unique and aspirational look.”
SKID PLATES, TOO
The SUV-inspired Triber also has projector headlights, roof rails (load maximum 50kg) and front diode daytime lights each side of a three-part chromed grille, and rides on Flex Wheels which keep the vehicle 182mm off the ground but still protected by skid plates should the going get rough.
The seven-seater is said to differ from other automakers’ similar products in that it offers four seating modes and a claimed 100 seating/load combinations defined as Camp Mode (two-seats), Surf Mode (four seats), Life Mode (five seats), and Tribe Mode (seven seats).
Claiming a ”first-in-industry” design with its ‘EasyFix’ seats, Renault says the configurations ranges from driver-only to driver and six passengers despite being only four metres long. And each seat can slide/recline.
The new Tribers also niche stowage for up to 31 litres, including a chillable box between the front seats and a drawer under the driver’s seat..
The 2021 Triber also has dual-tone trim, a new centre fascia with chromed edges, a stylish dual-tone dashboard with silver accents, and a fully digital instrument cluster with diode illumination and graphics.
Beyond the aesthetics, the New Triber has a number of innovative features: a gear-shift indicator on the digital tachometer to help with better fuel efficiency, a computer displaying driving-related info – as fuel consumption, average speed, distance to empty.
Aside from four vents in the front row there are independent aircon controls with vents on the second and third rows for greater occupant comfort (Renault says this feature is unique to the vehicle).
A 20cm MediaNav Evolution touchscreen comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, Voice Command button, and video playback. An access card handles keyless entry and ignition.
Images from a reversing camera use the same same screen.
All four models use the same three-cylinder, one-litre, 52kW/96Nm engine for which Renault lists a possible 5.5 litres/100km but the new range adds an autobox that can also be used manually.
Crash protection and avoidance features include an emergency lock retractor, three-point crash-mitigation belts and passenger nitrogen bags across the range, front and side.
…AND SO TO THE PRICES
2021 Renault Triber Expression – R183 900
2021 Renault Triber Dynamique – R193 900
2021 Renault Triber Prestige – R209 900
2021Renault Triber Prestige a/t – R219 900
Each Triber will be delivered with a two-year or 30 000km* service plan, a five-year or 150 000km* mechanical warranty, and a six-year anti-corrosion warranty.
Service intervals 15 000km.
*Whichever comes first.