After facing a string of hurdles in the Indian market, Renault is now finally tasting success in India. The French automaker who arrived in the country in 2011 had promised to bring in five new models and so far they have lived up to their word by rolling out the Pulse, Fluence, Koleos, Scala and the hugely popular Duster SUV in the Indian market. Even after five new models that cover different segments of an auto market, there is one segment that is still missing – and that of a MPV.
And Renault India plans to fill the void with yet another model in the form of Dacia Lodgy MPV that was first showcased at this year's Paris Motor Show. But of course, Renault being a big fan of 'badge engineering', will rework the Euro-spec Lodgy to make it look…well, more Renault and less Dacia. The modification we hear, will be carried out at Renault's design centre in Andheri, Mumbai, where the Pulse and the Scala also made a pitstop – before their respective launches in India.
Based on the Logan platform, the seven-seater Lodgy MPV measures 4,500mm in length and 1,750mm in width making the MPV a tad bigger than the Ertiga and even the Evalia, while a tad smaller than the Innova MPV. Under the hood, expect the same K9K 1.5-litre diesel engines in two states of tune that currently does duty in the Duster SUV.
The Renault Dacia Lodgy MPV is expected to make its first public debut at the 2014 Auto Expo in New Delhi and will be positioned just below the Duster SUV, so as to directly rival the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga.