After unveiling the India-spec Lodgy MPV, Renault showcased the Lodgy Stepway at an event in Mumbai. The Lodgy Stepway is a “Cross” version of the standard car. It gets additional cladding on the sides and satin-chrome skid plates on the front and the rear. Apart from these visual changes, the rest of the MPV is likely to be same as the standard India-spec Lodgy.
The Lodgy has a massively long 2,810mm wheelbase which is ideal for an MPV as interior space is an important criteria. Like the Duster, this car too started its life as a Dacia. With a switch to the Renault badge for India, it has been given a few changes.
The India-spec Lodgy gets a new chrome grille, restyled chin and updated tail-lights. The interior borrows bits from the Duster, like the instrument cluster, infotainment system, control stalks, gear lever, steering wheel and air-con switches. It will get the same 1.5-litre dCI K9K motor that powers the Duster. In the Lodgy, there will be 108bhp and 85bhp versions.
We have driven the standard Lodgy MPV and its highlight is the space it offers. There's plenty of useable space in the second and the third row.Even with all the seats in place, there's a decent amount of boot space available, thanks to the very upright tailgate.
The Lodgy is expected to go on sale around March 2015.