After tasting a good success in the Indian car market with Duster, Renault is now eyeing the MPV segment with its latest offering Renault Lodgy, which has been launched in direct competition to the Maruti Ertiga and the segment leader for many years – Toyota Innova. Lodgy is a smartly priced and robustly built Multi utility vehicle that looks good competition on papers to the Innova, and Renault is eyeing a good chunk of market share with the latest launch.
Toyota Innova has been ruling the MPV segment of the Indian market for a last few years but now we are seeing a difference in car trends as buyers are looking for way more than just average in a family vehicle. Smart and latest features are the deciding factors of any car more than ever and Toyota seems to be well prepared for this change with the upgraded Innova Crysta. Let’s have a deeper look at the specifications of Renault Lodgy and Toyota Innova to determine if Lodgy can dent the sales and market share of Innova.
Renault Lodgy is loaded witha 1461ccturbocharged diesel engine that is able to produce 110PS at 4000rpmand torque of 245Nm at 1750rpm. The engine is powerful enough for long drives and gives 21kmpl of mileage on the highway,and 14.5kmpl on the city roads. Lodgy is capable to achieve 100kmph in just 13.08 seconds and top speed is 165kmps; very promising with all the features loaded for a family car.
Toyota Innova, on the other hand, comes with a 2494cc in-line turbocharged diesel engine that produces 102PS Power at 3600rpm and 200Nm torque at 3600 rpm. The car gives an overall average of 11.8 kmpl and is suitable choice for Indian driving conditions. Both cars are available in diesel engine only but Lodgy comes with 6-gear transmissions which is plus on Toyota Innova.Innova has been the segment leader of Indian MPVs for more than a decade now but Renault Lodgy surely looks promising with a perfect balance between power and mileage.
Design and Interiors
Practical design and space are keys to the Indian MPV market. Space inside the car is the main driving factor behind designs of all the leading MPVs. Renault has focused on making Lodgy spacious to ensure the travelers have a good driving experience, even for long drives and highway rides. The car is a practical choice for long drives with family and commute on highways. Lodgy has a wheel base of 2810mm, which is slightly more than Innova’s 2750mm giving it more space and legroom for passengers.
Innova takes the lead in terms of length, width and height with 4585mm, 1760mm and 1760mm respectively in comparison to 4498mm, 1751mm and 1682mm of Renault Lodgy. A taller person will feel more comfortable in Innova but Lodgy has enough space for any family outings with its lush interiors and 7 and 8 seater options.
Both Innova and Lodgy are equipped with top interior specifications of this segment with rear AC vents, connectivity to mobile devices, parking sensors, dual airbags and ABS. Both cars seem fairly equipped to handle a lifelong ride on Indian roads and tackle any driving conditions.
Price and Other Details
Renault has smartly introduced Lodgy prices between Maruti Ertiga and Toyota Innova.The Lodgy is almost 4 lakhs cheaper than Innova, making it a lot more affordable. Toyota Innova’s base variant is pricedatRs. 12.54 lakh and goes up toRs. 15.82 lakh for top model while Lodgy starts atRs8.19 lakh and goes up toRs. 11.79 Lakh for the top model, still cheaper than the entry level Innova. Renault seems more affordable option and gives a balanced engine that can compare directly with Innova. Renault has been very strategic with the pricing of Lodgy and hopes to siege a good market size by repeating its Duster success.
While Innova has been favorite for a very long time in MPV segment, Lodgy looks great in comparison. Toyota is also well prepared with the launch of new Innova Crysta but Renault surely is a good contender in terms of affordability and practical choice with segment leading features, which is the main factor in this segment to derive sales.