The new Dacia Lodgy MPV has been given its official world debut at the Geneva motor show today.
6 March 2012

The new Dacia Lodgy MPV has been given its official world debut at the Geneva motor show today.

Available as a five- or seven-seat MPV, the Lodgy MPV is the latest addition to the growing model range from the Renault-owned Romanian brand. The line-up already comprises the Duster crossover, Sandero and Sandero Stepway supermini and Logan saloon, seven-seat estate, van and pick-up.

See pictures of the new Dacia Lodgy MPV

Few technical details of the Dacia Lodgy MPV have been issued, apart from the fact it is 4500mm in length. The name is derived from the word ‘lodge’ and, according to Dacia, refers to the model’s ability to comfortably accommodate a family and its luggage.

Renault UK has yet to decide whether to bring right-hand-drive versions of the Lodgy MPV to these shores, but it’s possible that the model could join the Duster and all-new Sandero after their January 2013 launches.

The Duster and Sandero, which will be sold through Renault UK dealers, are expected to be offered with a 1.6-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel engines, and the Lodgy MPV could get the same powerplants.

To promote the Lodgy MPV, Dacia has created this 355bhp, four-wheel-drive, ice-racing version, which has been driven by Formula 1 legend Alain Prost in the Andros Trophy series.

If it does come to Britain, expect the Lodgy MPV to follow the wallet-friendly pricing scheme set by the manufacturer’s other products. It should be pitched substantially below the £17k asking price of rivals such as the Renault Scenic and Citroën C4 Picasso.

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5 January 2012

Lodgy? Really? Sounds like the word Dodgy to me lol

In all seriousness though, should be an ok car for the money. Personally, I wish they would just hurry up and launch the Duster in the UK

5 January 2012

Considering their recent announcement of a model cull, Renault would do better to replace their entire range with Dacia products and more importantly, pricing.

Of course this won't happen but it should be a lesson to them. Bring the complete range in to the UK and regain some of their market percentage.

The market definitely appears to be going down either the cheap and cheerful or Premium road, which leaves quite a few "main stream" manufacturers out in the cold - Renault included. They may as well get on the band wagon whilst they can.

As for this vehicle, it certainly looks functional (if not visually desirable) but for thoes in the market for a cheap people carrier, this is going to matter little.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

5 January 2012

+1

Saw a French registered Duster a couple of months ago and thought it looked great.

5 January 2012

Ahh, the Dodgy Lodgy.

5 January 2012

[quote Windy57] Saw a French registered Duster a couple of months ago and thought it looked great.[/quote]

+1...brilliant car. I'd buy one.

5 January 2012

[quote TegTypeR]The market definitely appears to be going down either the cheap and cheerful or Premium road, which leaves quite a few "main stream" manufacturers out in the cold [/quote]

That's a good point Teg... and I can't help worry that this sort of short-termism will really bit us all on the back-side in a few years. I think the Dacia range definitely has a place in today's market, but will Renault try and pause development (investment) and just sell us back (in this example) 10 year old 'brand new' Scenics to keep cash flowing and stave off the receiver. Good to stay in business, but this strategy will really hurt the pace of performance and 'green' advancement if they take the easy route for the medium term.If all the mainstream manufacturers follow this route to stay in business we'll have a very silo'd market place and really limited mainstream choice in the long run.Mind you, its great to see a new range that you can actually look after on your drive and not need a main-dealer mainframe to plug-in and fix (at their prices too). I'm probably just showing my age, but I do worry what will be left for my kids first cheap runabouts once all the KAs have rotted away.

16 April 2012

[quote michael knight]

[quote Windy57] Saw a French registered Duster a couple of months ago and thought it looked great.[/quote]

[/quote]I did buy one 2 years ago here in Spain and I have had 2 years trouble free motoring and 1 20,000kms service that cost 120 euro including oil and filter, the equivalant of £100. When the "dodgy" Lodgy gets here I will most certainly look at and probably buy especially as we now get media satnav reverse sensors and climate control and maximum speed control to stop us getting a speeding ticket.

Graham Johnson.

16 April 2012

I saw the Logan in Spain a few years ago and was impressed by the cheap, honest motoring it represented. It never made it to the UK sadly.

Almost filled a niche that the likes of the Skoda Felicia left.

12 May 2012

As promised I went along to have a test drive of a Lodgy on Friday and was so impressed I have ordered one which will not arrive untill 15th of Sept due to demand for orders here in Spain after only one week since launch here. Could have had a stock model immediately but wanted one with media sat at 423 euro and did not want to pay for metalic paint as it won't make it drive any better.

Nice ride and interior although seats as per my Duster but not a problem as comfortable enough as per my drive through Spain and France on my drive to England and back last Christmas. Fuel OK untill you pass the 70mph mark but as the Lodgy has the latest engine (Eco 2) I expect it to be better. The price for my speck is 15,000 Euro (£12,095) at todays exchange rate a lot cheaper than Scenic, Mine is a 5 seater and has masses more room inside than a 5 seat Scenic. Their is no price cutting as mine like all Dacias' has Continental tyres and the media sat is made by LG so no second rate fixtures to keep the price down a lesson for other manufacturers, why should you have to pay £1,000 for sat nav that goes with the car when you sell it. Enough said as you can see I am happy with my choice Dodgy or Lodgy.

Graham Johnson.

12 May 2012

With the upsurge in Europe of Dacia it makes one wonder if Fiat missed a trick with their Palio models that sold well in Spain, based on Punto chassis this car was built as a world car and had seveal derivaties incuding an SUV that looked pretty decent and rugged will they follow Dacia with these cars if Dacia has success?

Graham Johnson.

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