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Apr 5, 2015 Update: The all-new Renault Lodgy MPV will be launched in India on April 9. The national launch will take place in New Delhi, with phase-wise regional launches to follow in other markets. The all-new Lodgy has the right antecedents to be the first true competitor to the Toyota Innova's hegemony in this segment, and the launch price will definitely play a significant role.


Renault Lodgy MUV Set For March Launch; Will Compete with Innova


Renault has firmed up its plans to introduce the Lodgy MPV in India. The new Renault Lodgy is expected to go on sale by March 2015. If initial rrumours are anything too go by, the Lodgy is expected to be the first serious competitor to the all-conquering Toyota Innova.



Renault Plans Lodgy MUV to Compete with Ertiga, Mobilio

new renault lodgy muv

WHEN: Mid-2014

HOW MUCH: Rs 7 - 11 lakh

ENGINES: 1.5-litre diesel, 1.6-litre petrol

COMPETITION: Maruti-Suzuki Ertiga, Honda Mobilio, Nissan Evalia, Mahindra Xylo


Renault India is looking to bring the Lodgy MUV to India, autojunction.in can reveal. The Lodgy was launched in 2012 as a low-cost, high-quality MUV to meet market requirements for families in value-conscious markets, and as such would make a perfect fit for the Indian market. The new Renault Lodgy will be shown to Indian public at the Auto Expo.


The Lodgy is built on a new platform developed by Renault-owned Dacia, called the M0 platform. In fact, the pictures you see here are of the Dacia Lodgy, so expect the inevitable badge change as and when it comes to India. The M0 is not an all-new platform; rather, it is a development of the earlier B0 platform which was used for the Logan.

Presently, the Lodgy is only manufactured in a left-hand drive version, but configuring the car for RHD isn’t an impossible task. Suspension is simple, with McPherson struts in the front and a sturdy H-beam rear axle. The Lodgy is front-wheel drive only, and it is unlikely that a 4-wheel drive version will ever be made.


renault lodgy side view

With a 2,810 mm wheelbase and measuring 4,498mm in length, the new Lodgy offers substantially more interior volume than either the Mobilio or Ertiga.


The Lodgy’s styling is simple, with clean lines and no complex surfaces. The headlights and tail-lights are the only parts of the car which exhibit some creativity and so manage to make the Lodgy look bright and cheerful, literally. The name ‘Lodgy’ is embossed on the rear number plate surround, similar to what we’ve seen with the Duster.


renault lodgy dashboard


On the inside, the Lodgy uses a new design dashboard, which will also be used on the face-lifted version of the Duster. The new dashboard has a touchscreen infotainment system, which can also double up as a sat-nav. This blameless cost-saving approach allows Dacia (and Renault India) to price these vehicles very competitively. Even the ORVMs are shared with the Duster. However, the Lodgy’s call to fame is the amount of interior room it offers. Dacia claims the Lodgy can accommodate two six-foot-tall adults even in the third row, a claim which has indeed been verified by some Western media. With the third row seats folded, the Lodgy can swallow 827 litres of luggage; remove the third row and fold the second row and you get 2,617 litres of luggage volume. You could literally move house in a couple of trips.


new renault lodgy interior volume

Indian joint families will love the space and versatility the Lodgy offers.


There are no surprises under the bonnet, with the same pair of Renault’s versatile K9K family (with 85 PS and 110 PS) and 1.6-litre petrol which power the Duster. There’s also a new 1.2-litre turbo-charged petrol four-cylinder with 115 PS, but as yet it is unclear whether this engine will be offered. However, as diesel prices are gradually deregulated, there’s every chance that Renault India considers offering this new petrol engine across its model family, Duster and Scala included.


India’s compact MUV market is certainly one of the growth segments, and Renault wants to join this party. So far, the Maruti Ertiga has made this segment all its own. Since Renault will not be selling a badge-engineered version of the Nissan Evalia (that privilege rests with the Ashok Leyland Stile), the new Lodgy MUV would make the perfect product for the Indian marketplace.


Prices won’t be too high either, and we expect the Renault Lodgy to start under the Rs 7 lakh mark. The basics that the market demands are all in place, including a simple and robust interior, rugged underpinnings, proven fuel-efficient engines and great space utilisation. It may not have the flair that the Ertiga and soon-to-be-launched Mobilio have, but it will beat them on space.


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