The Renault Triber Express is the latest addition to the French brands portfolio in South Africa and is set to offer the practicality of the SUV on which it is based with the complete utility of a panel van. That means the loadbay can swallow 1500 L of cargo and a maximum 542 kg payload.
The existing and quirky styled SUV has been around for a few years but now Renault looks set to revitalise its function with the introduction of a Triber Express which is essentially the same as the base-spec SUV with front seats only.
That means that the loadbay accessible through the side doors or boot lid can have 1500 L of cargo loaded up weighing a maximum of 542 kg. This paired with 182 mm of ground clearance should make it a realistic alternative to small bakkies.
Powering the Triber Express is a frugal 1,0-litre 3-cylinder petrol engine which generates a modest 52kW with 96Nm torque. The 5,5L/100 km claimed fuel economy (presumably without a load in the rear) bodes well for the newcomer amidst unprecedented fuel price hikes.
Included in the solitary model on offer is ABS, EBD, roof rails capable of a 50 kg load, LED daytime running lights, skid plates, 14-inch rims with hubcaps, rear park distance control, front electric windows and Express branding on the side of the door to differentiate it from the people carrier alternative.
The Triber Express will be available with the price or R219 900 and can be had in five colours namely Ice Cool White, Fiery Red, Moonlight Silver, Electric Blue and Honey Yellow. Each model will be sold with a standard 2 year/30 000km Service Plan with a 5 year/150 000km mechanical warranty with services scheduled every 15 000km.