The Renault Triber has been awarded a four-star rating by safety watchdog Global NCAP in its latest crash tests. Becoming the first model to be tested by Global NCAP in 2021, the Renault Triber launched in 2019 and has since found over 75,000 buyers – notched up what is the highest crash-test score for any made-in-India Renault in a Global NCAP test to date. The Triber is only the second MPV sold in India – after the Mahindra Marazzo – to receive a four-star rating from Global NCAP.
The Renault Triber notched up a four-star rating on the adult occupant protection front, scoring 11.62 points out of a potential 17. As per Global NCAP’s report, the Triber – tested in its most basic specification with two airbags and ABS – provided ‘good’ protection to the driver and front passenger’s head, neck, and knees and ‘adequate’ protection tibias. However, protection for the driver’s chest was rated ‘marginal,’ as was protection for the driver’s knees, with the report noting the knees could come into contact “with dangerous structures behind the dashboard.”
Overall, the Renault Triber’s bodyshell was rated ‘unstable’ on impact and ‘not capable of withstanding further loadings.’ The footwell area remained stable on impact, Global NCAP noted. For the uninitiated, Global NCAP subjects models to a frontal offset crash test at a speed of 64 kph.
The Renault Triber managed to secure three stars for child occupant protection, scoring 27 points out of a potential 49. As per the report, the child seat for the 3-year-old dummy was installed in a forward-facing orientation using the car’s seatbelts and failed to prevent excessive forward movement during the impact. Chest protection was average, and head protection was low as the dummy’s head was exposed during the crash.
The 18-month-old child restraint system used for the crash test dummy was installed using the car’s seatbelts in a rearward-facing orientation. Offering full protection to the child occupant. Global NCAP noted the 18-month-old dummy was well protected and had good head protection, too. However, the MPV is bound to have been marked down for lacking ISOFIX child seat anchorages.
Commenting on the Triber’s showing, Alejandro Furas, Secretary-General of Global NCAP, said, “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 to achieve five-star levels of safety.”
David Ward, President of the Towards Zero Foundation, added, “It is satisfying to note Renault’s safety improvements with Global NCAP’s Triber crash test result. We would encourage them to continue this progress and to set a five-star or Safer Choice rating as their future target for the Indian market.”
The compact seven-seat Triber continues to be among Renault’s strongest-selling models since its introduction and is priced between Rs 5.30 lakh to Rs 7.82 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The most recent Renault Global NCAP had tested the now-discontinued Lodgy MPV, which had notched up a dismal zero-star rating.