It is pretty much a well known fact that Renault India plans to launch as many as 5 new cars in next 24 months. It is also a well known fact that the first of these will be an MPV that will become a Maruti Ertiga rival.
Coming our way is the Dacia Lodgy, albeit, with Renault badges. The re-badged Lodgy has already been launched in Ukraine and it is expected that the Dacia/Renault Lodgy would make its Indian debut at the 2014 Auto Expo.
Dacia/Renault Lodgy MPV is underpinned by a modified version of the Renault Duster platform. This is the same platform which also underpins the very popular Logan. All this means that the Lodgy is a very reliable, robust and niggle-free car.
Powering the Dacia Lodgy MPV in India could be the same 1.5 Litre K9K turbo diesel engine that powers a host of Nissan-Renault cars. For Lodgy, the engine would have a max power-torque output of 90Hp-200 Nm and will come mated to a 5 speed box.
Visually, there is not much of a difference between the Dacia and Renault versions. The only major differences that we can make out in these images are a slightly re-worked grill, a revised bumper and a new set of alloy wheels.
The Renault Lodgy will come to us in its 7 seater format and will be high on space and comfort. Lodgy will be equipped with safety features like the ABS, EBD and Front airbags.
The Lodgy MPV will be priced lower to the Toyota Innova and will battle against the very competitively priced Maruti Ertiga and recently launched Mahindra Quanto.