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Is this the world's smallest seven-seat SUV?

Would a small seven-seat SUV work in Australia?

Renault has unveiled its new Triber seven-seat small SUV - a vehicle built primarily for emerging markets.

Measuring just 3990mm long and 1739mm wide, the Triber is both shorter and skinnier than the current generation Clio light hatch, yet offers 625 litres of boot space with the third row folded. According to Renault, the Triber offers more than 100 seating combinations.

The Triber uses many dashboard components from other Renault products. The Triber uses many dashboard components from other Renault products.

Powered by a naturally-aspirated 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine producing 67kW/96Nm, the Triber is available with either a manual or automated manual transmission, both with five speeds.

The Triber comes standard with 15-inch alloy wheels, roof rails and body cladding for a tougher look, as well as more protection against the bad roads Tribers will likely be driven on. The inside of the Triber uses a number of parts from other Renault models such as the Captur.  

The Triber offers seating for seven. The Triber offers seating for seven.

Available tech includes an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as a 3.5-inch driver’s display, LED daytime running lights and keyless start. Air vents with fan controls and USB sockets feature in all three rows of seats for 'extra comfort', according to Renault. Power windows and mirrors are also standard. 

Aimed at price sensitive markets such as India, safety kit is lacklustre at best. Equipment such as AEB (auto emergency braking) is unavailable and only a maximum of four airbags are fitted - the third row of seating is disappointingly not covered by potentially life-saving safety kit.

The Triber offers up to 100 seating combinations, according to Renault. The Triber offers up to 100 seating combinations, according to Renault.

Because of its budget focus, the Triber will not be offered in Australia or other first-world global markets. Pricing is due to start in India at around R500,000 (AUD$10,400).

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