To compete with Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and Nissan Evalia, French automakers Renault will be showcasing their new MPV, Lodgy at the 2014 Delhi Auto Expo. Lodgy is manufactured by Renault’s Romanian subsidiary, Dacia. In markets where Dacia is not present, Renault sells their products under its own name.
Entering the Indian auto sector in early 2011, Renault has been seeing increased demand in the country and are living upto their promise to bring in five new models in the MPV segment. Already launching Pulse, Fluence, Koleos, Scala and Duster, the company has gone a step further to announce its new Lodgy.
Lodgy will be based on the Logan platform. It will be a seven seater measuring 4500mm long and 1750 mm width making the Ertiga and Evalia smaller in comparison. It will possess the same K9K 1.5 liter diesel engine which is seen currently in the Duster. The 1,461cc inline four turbodiesel powerers its front wheels through a six speed manual. Lodgy motors offer 108.4 bhp power at 4000 rpm and 25.2 kg at 2250 rpm.
It will be a front wheel drive vehicle with comfortable seating for upto 7 adults. Pricing is yet to be announced but expected to be below the Duster to ensure competition with Evalia and Ertiga once it is launched. Lodgy has an aggressive front end design, chrome grille on its exterior while interiors provide additional leg room and second and third row seats can be adjusted according to requirements of enhanced storage space. It will also feature MEDIA NAV multimedia system with touchscreen that features 2D and “Birdview” (3D) graphics.
Source: Business Standard