Renault Triber

Snapshot
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Specifications
Fuel Type Petrol / Diesel
Engine Capacity 1462cc / 1248cc
Max Power 104 PS / 90 PS
Max Torque 138 Nm / 200 Nm
No of cylinders 4
No of gears 5
Type Manual & AT
Certified economy 21.56 (Petrol), 20.28 (Petrol AT), 28.09 (Diesel)
Length 4490 mm
Width 1730 mm
Height 1485 mm
Wheelbase 2650 mm
Boot Space 510 Litres
Kerb Weight Petrol 1520-1530 kg
Kerb Weight Diesel 1590 kg
Fuel Tank 43 Litres
Front McPherson
Rear Torsion Beam
Turning Radius 5.4 meters
Front brakes Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes Drum
Tyres 185/65 R15 (Sigma, Delta, Zeta) & 195/55 R16 (Alpha)
Wheel type Rim (Sigma) / Alloys (Delta, Zeta, Alpha)
OUR TAKE

Thumbs up

1)Unbeatable cabin space and comfort
2)Minor updates make it look premium and sleek
3)Segment leading fuel economy & new petrol is peppier
4)Most feature loaded C sedan under Rs 10 lakh

Thumbs down

1) Diesel motor is weak compared to City / Verna
2) No automatic with diesel – surprise for the segment
3) Missing feature – Sunroof, cooled seats, auto wipers etc
4) Ingres / Egress plus limited rear headroom

It is the largest selling car in its category and got a major facelift in August.
The car wears a sleeker, more premium look and this is due to the new grille,
tweaked lamps and LED set up for the lamps. The Ciaz is still the most
spacious car in the segment and the new version gets additional kit in the
form of faux wooden inserts on the fascia and the doors, cruise control and a
new TFT screen in the speedometer console. This is only offered in the petrol
line-up and gets new dials for the pods. Looks sporty!
The biggest change however is under the hood. The old 1.4 petrol has been
replaced by the 1.5-litre K15B unit that not only offers larger displacement but
churns out more power and higher torque. The icing on the cake comes in the
form of better fuel economy than ever before, partially due to the Smart
Hybrid tech, which is now being offered on the petrol Ciaz as well. The engine
comes mated to a choice of transmission options, a 5-speed manual or a 4-
speed Auto.
The engine is less powerful than the petrols offered by the Honda City and
Hyundai Verna. This said, the real strength of the new motor is in the way it
builds up speeds from lower engine speeds and this makes it a great city tool.
In fact, in spite of the a 4-speed auto (as compared to 5 or 6 or CVT for
rivals), the A/T Ciaz does not feel under-powered, nor does it run out of
breath on open roads.
The new K15B engine also performs well when given the stick. While it will
not be able to overshadow the Honda City 1.5 petrol or the Hyundai Verna
1.6 petrol, it will keep most owners happy, more so due to its frugal nature.
The Ciaz manages to play the pricing card rather well and with improvements
across parameters, this new Maruti seems all set to remain the segment
leader for months to come.
The Ciaz comes with mild hybrid tech for both petrol and diesel engine
options. It is the longest and widest car in the segment which also translates
into a very spacious cabin. Finally, it is also the most fuel efficient car in the
segment for both petrol and diesel. Infact, the diesel Ciaz is the most efficient
sedan in the country across all segments and price bands.
Deep Dive
Minor tweaks make it look elegant
The new Ciaz is more than just a facelift and this begins from the exterior
changes itself. Up front, the car wears a sleeker, more premium look and this
is due to the new grille, tweaked lamps and introduced LED set-up of the
lights, DRLs and fog lamps. We Indians love a dash of chrome and this is
found in abundance here as well. Bumpers at both the ends are new and so
is the chrome package for the fog lamp housing. The same gets replicated on
the rear bumper as well.
Talking of which, the new Ciaz gets LED treatment for the tail lamps and
these do remind us of the old BMW 5 Series. Alloy wheels on the top spec
Alpha version get revised styling while the other models continue to get the
regular design. The Ciaz you see here wears the Nexa Blue shade and looks
nice in my opinion. In terms of dimensions, there is no change as compared
to the outgoing version.
So while the body line remains unchanged, minor tweaks go a long way in
making this stand out.
Class leading space, added features
Step inside and you continue to get the same airy feel, something that goes
down well with family buyers. The Ciaz has the longest wheelbase in the
segment and this liberates oodles of space on the inside. This is one of those
rare cars wherein a 6 feet tall person can sit behind an equally tall front
passenger and yet have enough room to cross his legs! The Ciaz is still the
most spacious car in the segment save for limited headroom and the new
version gets additional kit in the form of faux wooden inserts on the fascia
and the doors, cruise control and a new TFT screen in the speedometer
console. This is only offered in the petrol line-up and gets new dials for the
pods. Looks sporty! The TFT also showcases the working of the mild hybrid
set-up.
The top spec Ciaz comes with leather upholstery while a dual tone theme is
standard across the range. In terms of features, the only two important things
missing here is a sunroof and ventilated seats, something that the Verna
offers. Apart from that, we don’t find any fault with the cabin of the Ciaz. That
said, ingress and egress isn’t the best around. Boot space stands at 510 lites,
which is among the best for a sedan under Rs 12 lakh.
Adequate but very efficient
The biggest change however is under the hood. The old 1.4 petrol has been
replaced by the 1.5-litre K15B unit that not only offers larger displacement but
churns out more power and higher torque. The icing on the cake comes in the
form of better fuel economy than ever before, partially due to the Smart
Hybrid tech, which is now being offered on the petrol Ciaz as well. The engine
comes mated to a choice of transmission options, a 5-speed manual or a 4-
speed Auto.
The engine is less powerful than the petrols offered by the Honda City and
Hyundai Verna. This said, the real strength of the new motor is in the way it
builds up speeds from lower engine speeds and this makes it a great city tool.
In fact, in spite of the a 4-speed auto (as compared to 5 or 6 or CVT for
rivals), the A/T Ciaz does not feel under-powered, nor does it run out of
breath on open roads. Both the A/T and M/T do similar speeds in their top
gears at 2000rpm – roughly 82 as per display.
The new K15B engine also performs well when given the stick. While it will
not be able to overshadow the Honda City 1.5 petrol or the Hyundai Verna
1.6 petrol, it will keep most owners happy, more so due to its frugal nature.
Being a Ciaz owner back home, I also feel that engineers have tweaked the
suspension, aiding both comfort and stability at higher speeds.
The diesel remains the same tried and tested 1.3 litre motor that has a bit of
turbo lag under 1750 rpm, but strong performer thereafter. However, it is still
not a match for the 1.6 of the Verna or the 1.5 of the Rapid / Vento. Also,
unlike rivals, no automatic here either.
Neutral and comfortable
The Ciaz was never meant to be an enthusiast’s delight. Comfort is where it
scores and this is evident from the way it handles. Drive this car normally and
you will have no reason to complain. The ride quality is fantastic and this will
be preferred by most owners. The steering however is a tad heavier at
parking speeds.
Throw the Ciaz into corners and you can’t expect the same kind of agility as
say a Vento. Highway manner though are nice and the car remains planted at
triple digit speeds. The automatic version gets electronic stability control for
added driving confidence.
Adequate
The Ciaz is Maruti’s flagship sedan and is offered in four different versions.
Even the base Sigma comes with electronic outside mirrors, keyless entry, all
four power windows, rear ac vents, front and rear armrests, audio system
with Bluetooth connectivity with steering controls, rear sensors, ABS and
even dual Airbags. This is fantastic by any means. The top spec version on
the other hand adds in a touch-screen system (SmartPlay), rear camera,
stunning alloy wheels, smart keyless entry with push button start, leather
seats, cruise control and auto ac. Rivals like Verna however offer a sunroof
and ventilated seats.
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