Renault Lodgy MPV makes its maiden on-test appearance

Next year, Renault India will launch another big ticket, volumes oriented car in the form of the Lodgy MPV. The Lodgy has been developed by Renault’s low cost car arm, Dacia. The French automaker has just begun testing the Lodgy on Indian roads. Based on the second generation Dacia Logan, the Lodgy is a seven seat MPV that is larger than the likes of the Honda Mobilio and the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga.

The Lodgy is also available with a five seat layout in Europe. The Toyota Innova and the Mahindra Xylo will be the direct rivals of the near 4.5 meter long Lodgy in terms of dimensions. However, the Lodgy MPV could priced a few notches below the Innova, considering the former’s low cost platform underpinnings. The Lodgy comes with petrol and turbo diesel engine options in the European market and a right hand drive version is yet to go on sale anywhere in the world.

In this light, India is likely to be the first car market to get a right hand drive version of the Lodgy. The MPV is currently available with 1.2 liter turbocharged (115 Bhp-190 Nm) and 1.6 liter naturally aspirated (104 Bhp-140 Nm) petrol  engines and the 1.5 liter K9K turbo diesel engine in two states of tune, 84 Bhp-200 Nm and 108 Bhp-240Nm. The larger petrol and turbo diesel engines also do duty on the Renault Duster SUV that is sold in India.

Five and six speed manual gearboxes are standard on petrol and diesel variants respectively. The Lodgy will be produced at the Renault-Nissan joint manufacturing facility at Oragadam, off Chennai. The MPV will be one of the two big launches that Renault has planned for 2015, with the other major launch being that of the XBA/A-Entry entry level small car. The A-Entry will be based on the Renault-Nissan CMF-A platform and will share its 800 cc petrol engine and underpinnings with the Datsun RediGo.

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