Renault Lodgy Review: French Multipurpose introduced in Indian Market

MPV isa latest ongoing trend in the Indian auto market. Every now and then big time auto manufacturers are introducing new multipurpose vehicles in the country. But what`s the reason behind their success is these fulfill the need of Indian consumer better than anything else. Therefore, Manufacturers around the world are becoming a part of this race. Seeing that, Renault is going to try its luck with the new Lodgy. But how will it perform in Indian market, time to find out!

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Renault Lodgy Interior

The Renault Lodgy, as for most import part of any Multipurpose Vehicle is spacious and can carry up to 7 individuals. The material is not of top end quality but they do add bit functionality.  Front seats are comfy while the second row provides enough legroom.  The third row is a strictly 2 seats but as the wheelbase is long for its section, this MPV can easily carry tall passengers.

Renault Lodgy Interior

Renault Lodgy Interior

Apart from luxury, it`s time for some tech. good thing is, Renault Lodgy Interior is equipped with enough equipment to please us all. Starting with the reverse camera, made for the driver, the back rows also offer some useful holes and holders for long drives. As we all are well aware that Dacia comes with quite affordable price tags. Still for the price, we got some great features.

Pros

  • Great Looks
  • Spacious and Comfortable Inside

Cons

  • Launched Delayed for too long
  • Quality of interior is not impressive

Renault Lodgy Exterior

At first look, the first impression is Renault Lodgy is taller than Mobilio and Ertiga. To be honest, designing a family mover is not easy and it never was. However, adding up the functionality, the new Lodgy got a bit functional as well. This Renault Lodgy Exterior looks brilliant well the credit goes to its long bonnet and sharp headlamps.  Made with typical European styling, the sharp nose and well styled grille successfully creates an impression. Lower lips are finished with black and add character to the front, Lower bumper as usually houses the fog lamps.

Renault Lodgy

Renault Lodgy

Walking with the side profile of this new MPV and you shall realize its length.  The side profile is neat and clear as a family vehicle should be. Big doors make easy access. B and C pillars are finished in black. Side profile is also installed with roof rails.  Moving on to the rear profile, it`s not boring either.  It is mated with well styled tail lights which go all the way to side of this vehicle, it kind of look goods as keeping the wide rear windscreen in mind.

All this sums up to, Renault Lodgy Exterior is nothing like a typical family car. Instead it’s a sporty one while keeping the requirements of a Multipurpose Vehicle in mind.  The truth is, Lodgy might not be as stylish as compared to the Ertiga and Mobilio. Still it adds a bit life to its class with all European styling elements and neat exterior. This MPV will sure attract auto markets around the world.

General Specifications

  • 5 L Liter k9k Turbo (Indian version expects 1.5 L Engine) diesel and 1.6 L Petrol
  • 200 Nm Max Torque
  • 85 BHP Max Power
  • 5 Manual and 6 Speed Manual Gearbox
  • ABS and EBD
  • Disc brakes at Front and Drum brakes at rear
  • 7 Seats
  • Parking Sensor
  • Front Airbags
  • Automatic Climate Control
  • Rear AC Vent

Engine and Performance

The Lodgy will come in two engine options; the first is 1.6 L petrol while the second one is 1.5 L K9K Turbo Diesel Engine.  However the Indian version is expected to come with a 1.5 L diesel engine. The expected Max output will be near 84 BHP and 200 Nm torque. The braking constitutes of disc brakes at front while the rear are treated with drum brakes. But there are healthy chances that a mighty engine which will be producing almost an 110 Ps will be introduced.

The engine no matter what option you choose will be mated with five speeds manual. However, the high end variants will be the only ones enjoying a 6 speed manual speed gearbox. The engines are expected for producing impressive power and pulling out of any situation. The big frame means more people will adjust in it without any problem. This duster will be running at high speeds without much trouble. The good part is, Renault Lodgy is not relied on skinny tires. Yes the tires will be a bit wider as compared to its competition.

Launch and Expected Competition

Renault has said to launch the Lodgy in early 2015 in India. Fortunately, the Indian Families will get to enjoy a bigger variant as compared to Europeans. The pricing is expected to start from 7 lakh. The main competition Lodgy will face includes the names of Honda Mobilio and Maruti Suzuki Ertiga.

Additional Features

Renault Lodgy interior comes installed with standard safety add ONS such as speed limiter, rear parking, ABS and EBD.  In addition, there are two airbags for the front passenger. Central locking is made remote. Interestingly, the exterior wing mirrors are made electric. We will also get to enjoy rear ac vents.  A worthy mention, there is addition of touch sensitive navigation with 7 inch touch Player device. An MP3 with USB, Bluetooth and Aux Port, Additional features such as climate control, defogger and rear wiper are also included. In the end, Renault Lodgy is nothing but a brilliant competition of comfortable, speed and performance. All these with toppings of great look, you have the ideal MPV for your family.

  • Honda Mobilio
  • Maruti Suzuki Ertiga
  • Nissan Evalia
  • Chevrolet Enjoy

Final Word

To keep it simple, Renault Lodgy is a sure comfortable and spacious MPV. This will sure make an impact in the Indian market. The upcoming may not be a great looker as it lacks the premium interior that we are already getting from others in the market. This is a spacious ride which will sure keep its passengers even in the third row quite comfortable, but the right price and after sale will decide its fate especially in India.

 

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