Renault has started taking advance orders for its forthcoming MPV (multi-purpose vehicle) in India, the Lodgy.
Aimed squarely at the segment best-seller- the Toyota Innova, the new offering from Renault stable is expected to go on sale in April, 2015. Prospective customers can now book one for an advance payment of Rs 50,000 at any authorized Renault outlet across the country.
The Lodgy is sold and marketed under the Dacia brand in certain European markets. For the uninitiated, Dacia is Renault’s more affordable sister brand that majorly operates in European countries. The Duster that is sold in India is also in fact a Dacia product, albeit in India, it comes with a Renault badge. Same will be the case with the Lodgy here. It will come christened as Renault Lodgy for Indian masses.
Apart from rebadging, Renault has also enhanced the Indian-spec Lodgy with additional premium features such as redesigned front chrome grille and bumper; and contemporary interiors. The interior on the Lodgy are borrowed from the Duster since it features a similar steering wheel, a three-pod instrument console, same sized infotainment screen, etc.
Dimensionally, the Lodgy has the longest wheelbase in its segment. Owing to that, the Lodgy offers class-leading interior space and practicality. The Lodgy will come in two seating options – 7-seater and 8-seater. While the 7-seater will have two captain seats in the middle, the 8-seater will come with a flat bench middle row. Renault says the three rows of seats can be adjusted in 56 different seating configurations! Besides that, the luggage capacity of the Lodgy is equally impressive at 207 litres (with the third row up).
Powering the Lodgy is the same 1.5-litre K9K diesel engine that also does duty in a majority of Renault and Nissan cars in the country. Like the Duster, this engine will be made available in two states of tune- 85PS and 110PS. The former will come mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox and promises a fuel economy of 21.04 km/l (ARAI certified), whereas the latter will be paired to a 6-speed manual gearbox, delivering an ARAI certified fuel economy of 19.98 km/l.
While Renault has commenced accepting advance bookings for the Lodgy, it has not yet revealed the prices or variants of the vehicle. Renault is expected to reveal all that and more at the launch event of the vehicle- which we reckon is imminent.
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