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Apr Five, two thousand fifteen Update: The all-new Renault Lodgy MPV will be launched in India on April 9. The national launch will take place in Fresh Delhi, with phase-wise regional launches to go after in other markets. The all-new Lodgy has the right antecedents to be the very first true competitor to the Toyota Innova’s hegemony in this segment, and the launch price will undoubtedly play a significant role.
Renault Lodgy MUV Set For March Launch; Will Contest with Innova
Renault has firmed up its plans to introduce the Lodgy MPV in India. The fresh Renault Lodgy is expected to go on sale by March 2015. If initial rrumours are anything too go by, the Lodgy is expected to be the very first serious competitor to the all-conquering Toyota Innova.
Renault Plans Lodgy MUV to Challenge with Ertiga, Mobilio
ENGINES: 1.5-litre diesel, 1.6-litre petrol
COMPETITION: Maruti-Suzuki Ertiga, Honda Mobilio, Nissan Evalia, Mahindra Xylo
Renault India is looking to bring the Lodgy MUV to India, autojunction.in can expose. The Lodgy was launched in two thousand twelve as a low-cost, high-quality MUV to meet market requirements for families in value-conscious markets, and as such would make a ideal fit for the Indian market. The fresh Renault Lodgy will be shown to Indian public at the Auto Expo.
The Lodgy is built on a fresh platform developed by Renault-owned Dacia, called the M0 platform. In fact, the pictures you see here are of the Dacia Lodgy, so expect the unpreventable badge switch as and when it comes to India. The M0 is not an all-new platform; rather, it is a development of the earlier B0 platform which was used for the Logan.
Presently, the Lodgy is only manufactured in a left-hand drive version, but configuring the car for RHD isn`t an unlikely task. Suspension is ordinary, with McPherson struts in the front and a sturdy H-beam rear axle. The Lodgy is front-wheel drive only, and it is unlikely that a 4-wheel drive version will ever be made.
With a Two,810 mm wheelbase and measuring Four,498mm in length, the fresh Lodgy offers substantially more interior volume than either the Mobilio or Ertiga.
The Lodgy`s styling is plain, with clean lines and no sophisticated surfaces. The headlights and tail-lights are the only parts of the car which exhibit some creativity and so manage to make the Lodgy look bright and cheerful, literally. The name ‘Lodgy` is embossed on the rear number plate surround, similar to what we`ve seen with the Duster.
On the inwards, the Lodgy uses a fresh design dashboard, which will also be used on the face-lifted version of the Duster. The fresh dashboard has a touchscreen infotainment system, which can also dual up as a sat-nav. This blameless cost-saving treatment permits Dacia (and Renault India) to price these vehicles very competitively. Even the ORVMs are collective with the Duster. However, the Lodgy`s call to fame is the amount of interior room it offers. Dacia claims the Lodgy can accommodate two six-foot-tall adults even in the third row, a claim which has indeed been verified by some Western media. With the third row seats folded, the Lodgy can gulp eight hundred twenty seven litres of luggage; eliminate the third row and fold the 2nd row and you get Two,617 litres of luggage volume. You could literally stir house in a duo of trips.
Indian joint families will love the space and versatility the Lodgy offers.
There are no surprises under the bonnet, with the same pair of Renault`s versatile K9K family (with eighty five PS and one hundred ten PS) and 1.6-litre petrol which power the Duster. There`s also a fresh 1.2-litre turbo-charged petrol four-cylinder with one hundred fifteen PS, but as yet it is unclear whether this engine will be suggested. However, as diesel prices are step by step deregulated, there`s every chance that Renault India considers suggesting this fresh petrol engine across its model family, Duster and Scala included.
India`s compact MUV market is certainly one of the growth segments, and Renault wants to join this party. So far, the Maruti Ertiga has made this segment all its own. Since Renault will not be selling a badge-engineered version of the Nissan Evalia (that privilege rests with the Ashok Leyland Stile), the fresh Lodgy MUV would make the flawless product for the Indian marketplace.
Prices won`t be too high either, and we expect the Renault Lodgy to begin under the Rs seven lakh mark. The basics that the market requests are all in place, including a elementary and sturdy interior, rugged underpinnings, proven fuel-efficient engines and excellent space utilisation. It may not have the flair that the Ertiga and soon-to-be-launched Mobilio have, but it will hit them on space.