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Renault Lodgy MPV a possibility for India

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The Duster has got Renault great success in the Indian market. So now they are thinking of launching an MPV from the Dacia portfolio, the Lodgy. This 7-seat, three row MPV would be a direct competitor of the Maruti Ertiga, the compact MPV which has opened up an all-new segment in the Indian market. It could be launched here in 2014.

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The Lodgy would relatively be easy to manufacture in India as it borrows a lot of its mechanicals from the Duster. It will be powered by the venerable Renault 1.5 diesel K9K that is now the staple engine for most Renault-Nissan products in India. However, keeping the practical characteristics of the Lodgy in mind, Renault is likely to offer just the 84bhp version of the K9K motor, which would be less expensive and more fuel efficient than the 110bhp option that comes in the Duster. The Duster’s 1.6 petrol engine is likely to power the entry level Lodgy.

If it is priced between 7 to 10 lakh rupees, Renault will have another winner on its hands in India.

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Looks roomier than Ertiga for sure. Can nicely slot below the Evalia ( if it get a nissan badge too).

Nissan already has the Evalia and is priced at par with the Ertiga. :) Being Renault it will surely be placed the north of the Ertiga and into the Innova territory so that it wont bother the Evalia too much.

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Not another one! Renault have their own MPV, the Scenic, which they could introduce as a fresh product. We can do with that, instead of another overpriced Dacia. Ideally, the Dacia Lodgy should be priced below the Evalia, the way all Dacias are priced below their Nissan counterparts in Europe.

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Boss, this is India, where safety on MPVs are never or heardly heard of.

Whether Lodgy scored 1* or .5* in crash test, I hope it will be 100% more safer than the best selling Indian MPVs like Bolero, Sumo , Scorpio or Xylo. So don't worry so much.

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Even if it is safer than our home grown MPVs and MUVs, we all know how Renault India is going price Lodgy for a huge premium just as they did it with Duster, so it doesnt make sense to buy Lodgy when safer and cheaper alternatives like Ertiga, Evalia and even Enjoy are on sale.

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Looks like Renault couldn't wait for the mouth watering share of the compact MUV segment in India. Thanks to Honda, we have really very attractive options in India now, so hope they don't get carried away with the Duster's success. While the Duster's looks appears to be built for a purpose, the Lodgy seems comfortable being van-like and Evalia's cousin.

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Finally Lodgy can be seen in India. Now Renault as a brand has built up some credibility with Duster in India, this is the right time to come up with other good products. Lodgy is a decent MPV, provided they price it competitively.

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Longest FrontWheel Driven Car/Van With Maximum Wheelbase (Longer than Innova ) ( Longer than Nissan Evalia)

Lighter than Innova by 200kgs

Lighter than Nissan Evalia

With more Power than Innova 3 bhp more & 5 Kgm Torque more than Innova

Is going to be very interesting competition to Innova

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At last there is a competition for Toyota Innova ( No offence against Toyota despite the cost had been doubled since it's launch Our objective here is to get the good vehicles at reasonable cost )

,We all shld welcome this New Generation of Dacia Lodgy ( Taken over by Renault , see websites of DaciaLodgy for more info on this specific model )

Now here comes the Technical gameplan we shld keenly observe

Indians didn't Appreciate Boxy & Van like appearance of Nissan Evalia ,

Hope the heght of this Lodgy is lower or Maximum upto TataAria ,

Most Important is where this Extra 2 1/2 inches Wheelbase gone ? + Added to this there should be More space ? Due to engine sitting in Front wheel Drive Direction

As per the European website info there shld more legroom even in 3 rd Row .

Coming back to engine specs

The weight of this Lodgy is 300 kgs lower than Tyta Innova Possible reason is Being Monocoque body ,Less amount of Drivetrain parts being FrontWheel drive

100 to 150 kg less than Nissan Evalia

Will the Engine Torque Enough to pull on ? Will there be A TurboLag ?

TURBO LAG is a big issue in small sized engines

This can be addressed in many ways Hope this shld be taken care ,

Providing Small turbo Taking care of Low & Midrange grunt

Speading of gear Ratio over available Gears

Engine lay out gives like Front WheelDrive Has 10-15% of more power in comparrision with Rear WheelDrive engine layout & lighter in weight by 300kgs

As per tech power & Torque specifications

Toyota Innova. Power-102bhp. Torque-20.4kgm

Renault Lodgy. Power-110bhp. Torque-25.3kgm in Max BHP version,

And added to 6 Speed gear box & Spreding Torque band can give good Headstart ,

Let's Hope we have Another Good option in more Affordable way to our ever growing young dynamic country

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renault cars are very comfortable and vfm, but in kerala the service of renault done by tvs. very poor in service and high amount for service cost. They cant fix minor problems like a/c waste water leakage etc.

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