Renault hoped that the Lodgy MPV which is based on the Duster would emulate its sibling’s success in India. However, the people carrier entered the market at a time the segment was undergoing testing times. Moreover, the Renault Lodgy didn’t really bring anything disrupting to the table.
With BS6 emission standards making the cost structure of diesel vehicles unviable in most cases, Renault India has decided to let go of its oil burning models in India. That means, the diesel-only Lodgy MPV finally hung up its boots after nearly four years of abysmal sales.
In the last six months, Renault Lodgy’s monthly sales figure dropped to single digit on two occasions and the best tally was 78 units in September. The MPV is still listed on the official website but we expect it to sign out once the existing stock at the dealership level is sold out. Expect some very attractive offers as the dealers attempt to push out the stock before April 1, 2020 deadline.
To recap, the Renault Lodgy was powered by the aging 1.5-liter four-cylinder diesel engine which was available in two states of tune. The base model delivered 85 hp while the high variants dished out 110 hp, thanks to a variable geometry turbo (VGT). The former employed a 5-speed manual gearbox while the latter came equipped with a 6-speed manual unit. Prices ranged from INR 8.63 lakh to INR 12.11 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Both 7 and 8 seat variants were on offer.
After a prolonged period of struggle, Renault India has just caught a break with its Triber compact UV. Based on the Kwid’s CMF-A platform, the Triber offers an attractive value-for-money proposition. Moving forward, Renault India is planning to use the same formula for its next product, a sub-4m compact crossover.
Codenamed HBC, the Renault mini SUV is slated to be introduced in the second half of 2020. It could make its world premiere at the upcoming Auto Expo in February.
The Renault compact crossover will be entering a fiercely competitive environment but given that it will derive its roots from the heavily localized Triber, once can expect aggressive pricing. Undoubtedly, the upcoming product will be crucial for Renault’s sustenance in our market.