Things you must know about the Renault Lodgy

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It’s raining capacious MPVs in India. The Renault Lodgy will be launched this April, and we’ve already driven it. Our exclusive road test review will be uploaded to give you the extra low-down soon. In the mean while, we thought we’d come up with a piece where the features of the Lodgy are highlighted in more ways than one. Renault holds the distinction of inventing the MPV three decades back, and its expertise is reflected in the Lodgy as well. Renault claims their new MPV Lodgy will be a segment-breaker, and will do wonders like their macho looking Duster has all this while. However, after our drive in the Renault Lodgy, we felt that the Lodgy offers a unique blend of power, performance and efficiency along with a pleasurable driving experience, combining the performance of a sedan and the space of an MPV. Here are a few things you must know about the all new Renault Lodgy:

 

1.5 litre dCi Diesel Engine - 110PS - 240Nm at 1750rpm - First in segment 6 speed transmission

 

  • Engine

The Lodgy will be available in India with two engine options: the same as shared with the Duster – trhe basic 85PS dCi diesel engine and the punchy 110PS motor. We drove the 110PS engine, which is mated to a first-in-its-segment 6-speed manual transmission. The peak torque of this engine is 245Nm @ 1750rpm. The 110PS motor will offer a fuel efficiency figure of 19.98kmpl.

 

The alternative variant of the same 1.5-litre dCi engine produces 85PS of maximum power and 200Nm of torque @1900rpm, which will deliver a fuel efficiency figure of 21.04kmpl.

 

MediaNav System

Middle row gets trays!

 

  • Comfort and Convenience

You have the Duster’s Medianav system on offer in here too, which features a USB-enabled multimedia console with navigation. The Lodgy also boasts of the elegant two-tone Gris Fume-and-Beige quilted leather upholstery. Though it is an 8-seater and has 3 rows, the superior three-row air-conditioning ensures perfect climate throughout the car.

 

  • Charging points in all 3 rows
  • 56 combinations of seat versatility

 

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  • Ride & Handling

 

The other gubbins on offer include: cruise control and the speed limiter in the Lodgy, which enables relaxed driving, especially on long drives with our families. Another feature of the Lodgy is the monocoque body which provides increased torsional rigidity, handling and safety. It also comes with adaptive anti-roll bars for better road-holding and safety.

 

Enough space for 6 footers in middle row
  • Space

The Lodgy will be available in 7 and 8-seater configurations, where the second row seats split in a 60:50 ratio, allowing easy access to the third row, while the third row can be split in a 50:50 ratio or removed completely to make abundant boot space available.

 

Luggage space with the 3 row on!

Boot Volume

207 litres with 3 rows upright

589 litres with 3rd row tumbled

759 litres with 3rd row removed

1861 litres with 3rd row removed and second row tumbled

 

  • Safety

The Lodgy is equipped with ABS with EBD and brake assist, which helps us control the weight of the MPV in an emergency braking situation. We also get the dual front airbags for enhanced safety with rear parking sensors and a rear-view camera.

  •  Comparison

 

Longest wheelbase in its class

Lodgy Ertiga Innova Mobilio
Wheelbase 2810mm 2740mm 2750mm 2650mm

 

Interior Dimesnsions

Lodgy Ertiga Innova Mobilio
Height under rear roof lining 931mm 953mm 973mm 945mm
Shoulder room 1423mm 1342mm 1422mm 1345mm
Elbow width 1446mm 1402mm 1499mm 1375mm
Width at hips 1313mm 1250mm 1360mm 1212mm

 

Best-in-class performance

 

Engine: K9K 110PS diesel engine

Power: 110PS at 4000rpm

Torque: 245Nm at 1750nm

Transmission: 6 speed manual

Fuel efficiency: 19.98kmpl

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