The Renault acquired brand, Dacia based in Romania has unveiled an all new model called Lodgy which is supposed to be a spacious family MPV. However, the vehicle that was unveiled is a race-spec vehicle that is going to take on the Trophee Andros 2011/2012 ice-racing series. 2 such cars are going to be driven by the famous racing driver, Alain Prost. The race Dacia Lodgy is powered by a 3.0 litre V6 engine which develops 355 BHP and a peak torque of 360 Nm. The engine is mated to a SADEV 6-speed sequential transmission sending all that power to an all wheel drive system. The production version however is going to be featuring the same engine as in the Duster, the 1.5 litre dCi which produces 90 BHP and the 1.6 litre petrol which produces 110 BHP.
“It will be slightly different as a design, it has the genes of the future MPV which will come in March, but here we have a car which is adapted for racing, so the production version will be longer and taller, but the general image will remain unchanged,” Eric Pasquier, said.
The Dacia Lodgy will be offered in both 5 and 7 seater options. The pricing of the production Lodgy is also expected to be kept lower by 3000 to 4000 Euros. Though there has been no official news from Renault regarding the price, performance and the equipment levels to be offered in the production version, yet it is speculated to cost below 13,000 EUR while the top of the line variant loaded with all features will cost around 18,000 EUR. Will Renault bring this model to India as a part of its aggressive plan of launching around 5 models by mid-2012?