Renault India will launch their first MPV, Lodgy on 9th April 2015. To be offered only in diesel engine options, the Lodgy is aimed more at rivalling Toyota Innova than to the likes of Honda Mobilio and Maruti Ertiga.
Just like Duster, Lodgy too is a Dacia product. As Dacia is not present in India, its parent, Renault sells the cars under its own name. Built on a new platform, it was first launched in 2012, and is finally ready for launch in India.
Renault claims that the Lodgy is the first proper MPV, which will introduce customers in India to the real thrill of MPVs. With enough legroom and head room for passengers in all three rows, Renault Lodgy comes in two powerful engine options. These are – 1.5l diesel 85 PS with 5 speed MT and 1.5l diesel 110 PS with 6 speed MT.
Both variants are feature rich and come with premium exteriors, MEDIANAV satellite navigation system with colour touchscreen, surround sound system, roof mounted vents for 2nd and 3rd row passengers, 12V charging point for all three rows, dual tone interiors premium finish, premium beige alpaga leather seat upholstery looks very impressive, cruise control, speed limiter, 7 and 8 seat configuration, dual front airbags, rear parking camera, ABS with EBD and brake assist.
Renault dealers across India have already started accepting bookings for Lodgy at an advance payment of Rs 50,000. Deliveries are set to commence later this month. As the Lodgy is to be offered in only top end variants (at least for now), price could start in the range of 10 lakhs for the 85 PS variant and Rs 12 lakhs for the 110 PS variant. (Considering that in India as well, the company prices the Lodgy lower than Duster, as is already seen in markets where both cars are on sale).