Renault has finally revealed
the first image of the Renault Lodgy, and the good news… its coming to India in
Renault, the French car maker
has a subsidiary company since the 1960s called Dacia, based out of Romania.
Dacia makes the originals of the Duster, the Lodgy, the Dokker, the Logan and
the Sandero. Most of the technologies in the Dacia’s are from Renault. Renault
will re-badge the Lodgy, just as they rebadged the Duster and sell it to us Indians.
Globally the Lodgy comes with
4 different engine options; we expect the same ones that power the Duster in
India, to also be present with the Lodgy. The 1.5 L DCI 4 cylinder diesel engine
and a 1.6L K4M petrol Engine are the ones we expect to be available in India.
Internationally the Lodgy has an option of 5 or 6 speed manual transmissions,
but India will probably only get the 5-speed manual. But Renault stated that
they plan to offer best in segment performance. So we might just find the other
more powerful engines in the Lodgy.
The Logdy has a longer
wheelbase than any other MPV available in India and other dimensions resembling
the size of the market leading Toyota Innova. The Lodgy seems like a true
competitor in the MPV market when it arrives in India. But it will only come
with front wheel drive as opposed to the Innova’s rear wheel drive. Feature
wise we can expect similar features and trims as the Duster for the Lodgy.
The launch date of the Lodgy
hasn’t been disclosed by Renault, but we expect it to arrive in the first
quarter of 2015.
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