Renault India which entered the Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) segment with the Compact SUV, the Duster is now planning to get into the growing MPV segment with the 'Lodgy', which is sold under the Dacia brand in international markets. The Lodgy will be a 7-seater vehicle at an expected price range of Rs 7-9 lakh to compete against the segment toppers including Maruti Suzuki Ertiga, Toyota Innova and recently launched Nissan Evalia.
As per the word on the street, Renault Lodgy has got much of its mechanical inspiration from the newly launched, Renault Duster, like the engine that it will be carrying are likely to be the the same, 1.5-litre dCi and the 1.6-litre petrol. The entry level variants (both petrol and diesel) might be offered with a five-speed manual transmission, while the top-end variant might have six-speed transmission just like Renault's top end ones.
The Lodgy, which made its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show 2012 held in March, is now expected to be showcased at the 2014 Indian Auto expo, so all the doubts including the vehicle's name (whether the name remains the same or not), cosmetic tweaks and other important things will be solved then. We will update you on the same if we hear earlier to that. Stay tuned, Cheers!