Renault India would launch the keenly awaited Lodgy MPV on April 9, 2015 in the country. The advance bookings for the MPV have already begun for Rs. 50,000 and a dealer informs us that Lodgy is getting a phenomenal response from buyers. The Lodgy MPV borrows most of its interior elements from the Renault Duster. It would be launched in diesel guise only with same power tunes of 85PS and 110PS as the Duster compact SUV.
Renault Lodgy MPV is said to be launching in both 7-seater and 8-seater versions in the top-end RxZ trim. The MPV measures 4498mm in length, 1751mm in width and 1697mm in height, while the wheelbase is 2810mm long. Moreover, it still manages to have a decent boot space of 275 litres, which can be further expanded to 1861 litres by folding the 2nd and 3rd row seats. As for features, it would have reverse camera with sensors, power windows, touch-screen Media NAV infotainment system, power sockets for all three rows, and roof-mounted 2nd and 3rd row A/C vents as well as tumble options for both. As far as safety of the occupants is concerned, Renault has incorporated some of the top notch safety equipments like dual front airbags, ABS, and EBD in the Lodgy MPV.
Recently, the official brochure of Renault Lodgy surfaced on the web, which revealed that it would only be launched in diesel guise. It would have the company's highly trusted 1.5L K9K diesel motor, which would generate two states of power - 85PS and 110 PS - quite similar to the Duster compact SUV. The 85PS power variants would boast a 5-speed manual gearbox, while having a peak torque performance of 200Nm. On the other hand, the 110PS power variant would have a 6-speed manual transmission, while the highest torque performance being 245Nm. The lower-power (85PS) variants would have a fuel efficiency of 85PS, while the higher power (110PS) varaints would return a mileage of 19.98kmpl (ARAI Specified).
Renault Lodgy is seen as the biggest threat to the highly successful Toyota Innova, Honda Mobilio, Chevrolet Tavera and Nissan Evalia. It is expected to be launched in a price bracket of Rs. 9-13 Lakhs (Ex. Showroom).