Launches a direct attack on the Mobilio.
So far, Renault India has been coy about the engine details of their upcoming MPV, the Renault Lodgy. However, Autocar India's magazine cover for March reveals the engine options that will be available to customers when launched in April 2015.
Renault had earlier said that the Lodgy will offer “best in segment performance”. According to the magazine cover, the Lodgy will be available with a (1.5-liter) diesel engine that offers 84 bhp or 109 bhp depending on the trim.
It is learned that the top-spec Stepway variant will feature the 109 bhp engine paired to a six-speed manual gearbox, while lower variants will make do with the 84 bhp motor and a 5-speed manual.
Renault will intensely localize the Lodgy at the Renault-Nissan JV plant in Oragadam, Chennai. Prices are expected to start at around INR 7 lakhs for the standard Lodgy, and go all the way to INR 10 lakhs for the Stepway variant.
Competitors: Mahindra Xylo, Chevrolet Enjoy, Maruti Ertiga, Honda Mobilio
Expected Price: INR 7-10 lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi)
Launch date: April 2015 (as per the report)
[Source : Autocar India Twitter]