Renault’s first offering in the MPV segment Lodgy was launched in 2015 to offer as an alternative for Toyota Innova. Despite aggressive price, Lodgy failed to make any strong impact and hence struggle to find many buyers. Now in an attempt to boost sales, the French carmaker has launched the Stepway edition of Lodgy, priced between Rs. 9.43 lakh and Rs. 11.26 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). Renault claims that new range sports 16 new additions to make it more attractive available across five variants.
The new Renault LODGY STEPWAY range will be available in 1.5l dCi diesel engine with both 85 PS and 110 PS and 7 & 8 seater options. The 85PS variants come paired with a 5-speed manual gearbox and deliver an ARAI rated mileage of 21.04 Kmpl while 110PS is linked to a 6-speed manual gearbox with ARAI certified fuel efficiency of 19.98 Kmpl.
The Stepway edition is offered in six pleasing colors– Moonlight Silver, Royal orchid, pearl white, planet grey and new add-ons fiery red and Slate grey.
As said, Renault claims 16 new enhancements including re-profiled jewel studded front grille with abundance of chrome detailing, revised front bumpers with faux skid plates, lower body cladding, new design alloy wheels in gunmetal grey , chrome embalmment on door cladding, Stepway decals on the doors, wheel arches, arrow head tail lamps and roof rails.
On the inside, the Stepway gets Gris fume beige alpaga leather upholstery with piano black central console and chrome touch, 8-way adjustable function for driver’s seat, smart sense AC for 2nd and 3rd row, 7 inch touchscreen MediaNAV system with bluetooth, USB connectivity. The on board trip computer displays useful information like average fuel economy, outside temperature display, average speed, instantaneous fuel economy etc.
Other features include 12V charging sockets for all 3 rows, headlight turn on reminder, central locking with keyless entry, electrically adjustable ORVMs. Lodgy offers 56 combinations while 3rd row can be folded easily for more luggage space. It offers 207 liters of boot space which can be further expanded up to 1861 liters.
As for the safety, Lodgy Stepway is loaded with driver and passenger side airbags, rear parking camera with sensors cruise control, rear washer and defogger. The anti-lock braking system (ABS) along with electronic brake force distribution (EBD) offers better grip and control in emergency braking.
Beside, Renault has also announced 3-care after sales initiative for the Stepway edition at an extra sum of Rs. 22,000. The programme enables customer for three years (up to 60,000km) of warranty, three years or up to 30,000 km of periodic maintenance and three years or up to 60,000 km of roadside assistance.
|Comparison of Renault Lodgy variants|