The Renault Lodgy MPV is just months away from being launched in India. After the Duster SUV, Renault will be pinning its hopes on the Lodgy, for the MPV has the potential of being a sales spinner for the French automaker, which has so far been a one car wonder in India. The Lodgy is an MPV that is likely to be positioned between the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and the Toyota Innova in terms of pricing. This positioning will let Renault leverage on the Lodgy’s large dimensions, selling the MPV as a value-for-money alternative in a country that clearly digs value.
Engine details of the Lodgy have now been revealed, with diesel power to rule the roost, in sync with what the MPV buyer in India expects from a people mover. The 1.5 liter K9K turbo diesel motor, in two states of tune will power the front wheel driven Lodgy. The base state of tune will use the 85 Bhp-200 Nm output with the higher state of tune featuring 108 Bhp-248 Nm outputs. While the Lodgy sold in Europe is available with 1.2 liter turbocharged and 1.6 liter naturally aspirated petrol options, these engines could be given a miss as far as the Indian car market is concerned.
The 85 Bhp tuned K9K diesel motor will use a five speed manual gearbox with the higher powered variants making do with 6 speed units. The monocoque bodied Lodgy sold in India will be the first instance of this MPV veing available in right hand drive guise. Naturally, export markets that host right hand drive cars are expected to open up to the Lodgy made in India, at the Renault-Nissan joint manufacturing facility in Oragadam, near Chennai. The MPV will seat seven adults and is expected to be a class leader in terms of the space it offers on its innards.
In terms of pricing, the Lodgy MPV sold here is likely to start from a figure between 8-9 lakh rupees, for the base diesel variant. This will peg the Lodgy between the Ertiga and Innova Diesels. The top-end Stepway variant of the Lodgy Diesel is expected to be priced a little under 12 lakh rupees, just under the starting price of the Toyota Innova. The MPV will be sold with an infotainment system borrowed from the Duster. Based on the Dacia M0 platform, the Lodgy measures 4.5 meters in length, 1.75 meters in width, 1.68 meters in height and gets a 2.81 meter wheelbase.