Renault India is laughing to banks due to the high sales that the Renault Duster compact crossover has generated. Recently, it emerged that Renault and Nissan alliance will do away with sharing products in the Indian car market. While the Japanese car maker will launch its version of the Duster, the European car maker won’t re-brand the Nissan Evalia for selling it under its banner.
Instead, the car maker is readying itself to launch an assault against the very high selling Maruti Suzuki Ertiga by bringing the Renault Lodgy MPV to our shores. The Lodgy MPV will make its Indian debut at the 2014 Delhi Auto Expo.
Dacia Lodgy MPV is based on a modified version of the Renault Duster platform. This is the same platform which also underpins the globally popular Logan. All this translates into the car being very reliable, robust and easy on pocket.
Powering the Lodgy MPV in India would be the very popular 1.5 Liter K9K turbo diesel engine in its lower state of tune and mated to a 5 speed manual ‘box. This means that the motor would offer 90Hp-200 Nm of peak power-torque output.
The Renault Lodgy will come to us in its 7 seater layout and is known to be very spacious and comfortable.
Lodgy will be equipped with basic safety features like the ABS, EBD and Front airbags.
The Lodgy MPV will be priced much lower to the Toyota Innova and will go head on against the competitively priced Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and recently launched Mahindra Quanto.
Renault Dacia Lodgy MPV Specs:
Engine Capacity: 1461cc
Max power: 66 kW (90 hp)
Max power RPM: 4000 rpm
Max torque: 200 Nm
Max torque RPM: 1750 rpm
Fuel system: common rail
Engine type: ohc
Turbo: yes, with intercooler
Catalyst: particle filter
Tire Size: 185/65R15
Turning circle: 11,1 m
Transmission: 5 speed manual
Top speed: 169 km/h
Acceleration 0-100 km/h: 12,4 s