Gone are the days when Indian consumers didn’t pay much attention to their cars’ safety. Nowadays, more and more buyers are proactively choosing cars that offer more safety rather than just good styling and novelty features. In fact, people now openly criticize cars and their respective manufacturers that don’t meet even the minimum safety criteria. One of the main catalysts behind this welcome movement has been Global NCAP (GNCAP), when it started the ‘Safer Cars For India’ initiative. Therefore, most major automakers in India have begun rolling out models that are safer than before.
One of the latest candidates to join the ranks of safer cars in India is the 2021 Renault Triber. In the Global NCAP crash test conducted recently, the made-in-India Triber scored a respectable 4-star safety rating. To be more specific, the 4-star rating is for the MPV’s adult-occupant protection, with child-occupant protection coming up to 3 out of 5 stars. As for the data, the 2021 Renault Triber scored 11.62 out of 17 points for adult occupant protection and 27 out of 49 points for child occupant protection.
Speaking about the 2021 Renault Triber’s crash-test performance was Alejandro Furas, Secretary-General of Global NCAP. He stated,
“Renault has significantly improved adult occupant protection performance in frontal crashes compared with our 2016 tests on the Kwid. The Triber sets a strong baseline for the manufacturer, and we encourage Renault to maintain this important progress as a minimum with the goal of achieving 5-star levels of safety.”
Also commenting about the new Triber’s performance at Global NCAP was Venkatram Mamillapalle, CEO & Managing Director, Renault India Operations. He said,
“Safety is of paramount importance for Renault, and our products meet and exceed the requisite safety standards set by Indian Regulatory Authorities. An outcome of a joint project between Renault teams in India and France, Renault Triber has already established itself as a successful product and has seen tremendous acceptance amongst a wide set of car buyers. This is a proud moment for Renault in India, as Triber was conceived, developed, and produced in India, for Indian customers first, before we took it to the world. The 4-star adult safety rating by Global NCAP for Triber reiterates our commitment towards safety.”
Meanwhile, the only other made-in-India MPV that scored a 4-star safety rating is the Mahindra Marazzo. Interestingly, while the Renault Triber is noticeably smaller than the Marazzo, it performed better when it came to protecting the little ones in the back. This is because the latter only scored 22.22 out of 49 points, compared to the Renault’s score of 27 points. However, the Marazzo scored a higher 12.85 points for its adult occupant protection rating, compared to the Triber’s 11.62 points. As is with all the other Global NCAP crash tests, this one was also a frontal offset collision against a deformable barrier at 64 kmph.
Global NCAP pointed out that the 2021 Renault Triber offered good protection for the front occupants’ heads and necks. The protection provided for the driver’s chest was rated ‘marginal,’ while that for the front passenger was rated ‘adequate.’ Meanwhile, protection for the driver’s knees was ‘marginal,’ with the front passenger’s knee protection scoring better. The testing revealed that, while the footwell of the Renault Triber was stable, the bodyshell was not. Therefore, the 4-star safety rating is only applicable for the speed at which the crash was performed – i.e., 64 kmph. Any higher, and the bodyshell would not be able to withstand further loadings.
Despite lacking ISOFIX anchor points, the 2021 Renault Triber was still able to score a 3-star rating for child occupant protection. Global NCAP noted that the protection offered to the 3-year-old child’s chest was average, whilst the protection for the head was rated ‘low.’ Meanwhile, protection for the 18-month-old was deemed satisfactory.
The 2021 Renault Triber comes as standard with safety features such as dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors, and a seatbelt reminder. The compact MPV is powered by a 1.0-liter three-cylinder petrol engine that develops 71hp and 96Nm of torque, mated to either a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed AMT gearbox. Prices of the 2021 Triber range between Rs 5.50 Lakh and Rs 7.95 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).