2012 Dacia Lodgy makes its debut ahead of Geneva Motor Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 5, 2012

Dacia released today the first photos with its new vehicle, the Lodgy MPV. That’s right folks, the Romanian brand owned by Renault and known as Europe’s fastest growing automotive brand for the last six years is going to add a new vehicle in its lineup. As expected, the new Lodgy MPV will be offered with five or seven seats and is set to deliver brand’s hallmark combination of outstanding cabin space and a range of essential features tailored to meet the specific demands.

The Dacia Lodgy is the perfect car for those who are looking for an affordable vehicle and till be the perfect choise as it will be offered with a full three-year warranty and the product reliability and customer satisfaction excellence for which Dacia is renowned.

For those who don’t know (including us), the Lodgy name is derived from the English word ‘lodge’ and refers directly to the model’s ability to comfortably accommodate a family and its luggage.

As a result, the Lodgy offers a roomy interior even for the passengers that are sitting in the third-row seats, as well as its exceptionally large boot, all within a total length of just 4.5 metres. The new vehicle will make its official debut in March at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.

Interior Design

Inside the Dacia Lodgy, one will immediately see the intuitive navigation system which offers 2D and 3D graphics, the latter of which is also called as Birdview. In order to get information updates, drivers can simply visit the dedicated website and once the information is obtained, it can be uploaded through the use of a USB port. However, the new feature that is sure to attract is the MEDIA NAV, its new multi-media system.

As expected from the brand, it is competitively priced at €430. It allows for Bluetooth connectivity, has auxiliary sockets for devices like MP3 players, among others, and a radio. There is also a satellite navigation system which can be accessed using the 7-inch (18 cm) display with touch capability. On its main menu, it is possible to access the six basic functions which are settings, satellite navigation, route map, radio, telephone, and media.

Because of the Bluetooth technology, hands-free telephone calls are possible. And drivers can even synchronize not only their contact book but even its previous call registry. This same technology also allows audio streaming from remote music players and listening on the onboard speaker system. In addition, the availability of jack sockets or USB ports means that smartphones or an iPod can be connected.

They can then be managed using the controls mounted on the steering wheel or the touch-sensitive display. On the screen of the MEDIA NAV meanwhile is where the titles of the tracks are displayed. Since Dacia is also known of giving customers equipment that they need, a second multimedia system is offered which is the Dacia – Plug & Radio. It has some of the features like Bluetooth technology, USB and jack sockets mounted on the dashboard, fingertip remote controls paced on the steering wheel, and a CD player that is compatible with MP3. What is new there is a radio that comes with a large screen.

Clearly, the Dacia Lodgy marks the beginning of a new range of vehicles from Dacia, vehicles that have modern equipment with an interior that is beautifully designed. Speaking of new features, the Dacia Lodgy will have a speed limiter.

Though offered for higher trim specifications, this feature is new to the range. Since it allows the driver to set a maximum speed, they are able to go on journeys safely and stress-free. The company made sure that it would be able to highlight its natural strengths. In addition, as one goes up the range, more sophisticated materials will be featured like the chrome details.

It goes without saying that the controls have been ergonomically positioned and have a high quality fit-and-finish. This is consistent with the philosophy of the company which is to put in additional standard features as one goes up in a clear and direct way. Of course, the specifications were done to ensure that it meets most, if not all, of what the customers prefer.

Press Release

Dacia Lodgy

Once again, Dacia is flouting convention by offering genuine five- and seven-seater variants of the new Dacia Lodgy from just €9,900, a revolutionary price for a car of this type.

SPACIOUS AND PRACTICAL

Lodgy is stamped with Dacia's trademark DNA: unbeatable value for money, reliability and practicality. Measuring 4.5 metres in length and 1.75 in width, Dacia Lodgy's contours and proportions above all reflect its size and strength. With the grille moulded around the Dacia logo and sharp lines that highlight the sculptured wheel arches, Lodgy provides a preview of Dacia's new corporate look. Optimal use of Lodgy's generous external dimensions has created a roomy interior, with the result that each of its seven seats can accommodate a passenger in total comfort. The third row features class-leading space in terms of knee and head room (144 and 866mm respectively), which is more than enough to seat two adults comfortably. The two rearmost seats are equipped with Isofix fittings, so that child seats and booster cushions can be attached safely and securely. Lodgy's modular interior is particularly versatile. In seven-seat configuration, the third-row bench seat can be removed completely or else folded up against the front seat backs, depending on the requirements of the moment.

The size of Dacia Lodgy's spacious boot will not come as a surprise to those who are familiar the Dacia brand. Indeed, it one of the biggest in its segment, with capacity ranging from 2,617dm3 in two-seat configuration, to 827dm3 as a five-seater and 207dm3 when all seven seats are installed. Lodgy also features 30 litres of storage space in the cabin, in the form of various pockets and cubbies. Of particular note are the new, three-litre area on top of the dashboard and, in the back, a drinks holder and large storage pocket.

A DACIA FOR THE TODAY'S GENERATION

Dacia Lodgy heralds the arrival of a new generation of Dacia vehicles, a range that will benefit from attractively designed interiors and modern equipment. Great care has been taken to express the cars' inherent strengths, with sophisticated materials featuring ever more widely as you move up the range (notably chrome detailing), high quality fit-and-finish and ergonomically placed controls. In line with Dacia's philosophy, standard features are added in a straightforward, comprehensible manner as you move up the range. As always, the specification is carefully tailored to stick as closely as possible to what customers really want.

Innovative, practical technology

Dacia Lodgy features a brand-new multimedia system: MEDIA NAV. Competitively priced in the brand's tradition, at an unbeatable €430, MEDIA NAV incorporates a radio, auxiliary sockets (for MP3 players, etc), Bluetooth connectivity and satellite navigation via a seven-inch (18cm) touch-sensitive display. The main menu permits simple access to six essential functions: radio, media, telephone, route map, satellite navigation and settings. Thanks to Bluetooth® technology, drivers can make hands-free telephone calls and synchronise their contacts book and previous call registry. It is also possible to audio-stream remote music players through the car's own speaker system. Furthermore, there is the option of connecting an iPod or smartphone through USB or jack sockets located on the dash panel. They can be operated via either the touch-sensitive display or the steering wheel-mounted controls, while track titles are displayed on the MEDIA NAV screen.

The intuitive navigation system has both 2D and 3D (Birdview) graphics. A dedicated website enables drivers to access information updates and upload them via the USB port.

In keeping with the spirit of the Dacia brand, which makes a point of providing customers with equipment they really need, a second multimedia option is available: Dacia-Plug&Radio.

This system features a new radio with large screen, an MP3-compatible CD player, Bluetooth® technology, dash-mounted USB and jack sockets and steering wheel-mounted fingertip remote controls.

Dacia Lodgy incorporates another feature that is new to the Dacia range - a speed limiter, available on higher trim specifications. This device permits drivers to programme a maximum speed they do not want to exceed, enabling journeys to be completed in stress-free safety.

And while on the subject of giving customers a range of technology suited to their needs, some versions of Lodgy are fitted with rear parking sensors - a practical touch on large vehicles of this type.

A REVISED ENGINE RANGE

Dacia Lodgy is available with a selection of petrol and diesel engines that will suit the needs of customers in all the countries where the model is marketed. There are two petrol engines: the 1.6 MPI and the new, turbocharged TCe 115 with direct fuel injection. The TCe 115 represents the Renault Group's very best petrol engine technology, including the turbocharged, direct-injection combination first introduced with the Mégane and Scénic Collection 2012 line-ups. With its 1.2-litre capacity, but the kind of performance more usually associated with a 1.6, the TCe 115 combines an impressive driving experience with excellent fuel economy and low CO2 emissions. There are also two diesels, both based on the 1.5 dCi block that has received worldwide acclaim for its reliability and performance. The dCi 90 and dCi 110 powerplants qualify for the Dacia eco² signature - a symbol of low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

Widely acknowledged by customers and the media, reliability is a core element of Dacia Lodgy's DNA. Like other members of the Dacia family, the newcomer benefits from technology that is well proven on other Renault Group vehicles. During pre-launch endurance tests, the equivalent of 1.9 million kilometres was covered in extremely demanding climates and conditions: the result is a car with a comprehensive range of features and peerless reliability.

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