Dacia will launch a new family road car at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show in March. This is the sibling of the Dacia Lodgy Glace. Dacia’s third Trophée Andros campaign is different as it features an MPV. In the upcoming season, two Lodgy Glace entries will be on the grid for each race.
Alain Prost, the runner-up in the 2010 and 2011 Trophée Andros, will be driving the Dacia Duster Glace. Meanwhile, his son, Nicolas Prost and Evens Stievenart, Alain Prost's teammate and joint winner of the Superfinal at the Stade de France, Paris, will be sharing the other Lodgy Glace.
The Lodgy Glace was built specifically for the Trophée Andros, a unique racing series that’s known as one of the toughest in motorsport.
Its technical regulations are very strict. Every aspect of the vehicle is restricted including the materials used as well as the chassis dimensions, gearbox, and tires. But rather than encouraging the use of complex and expensive technical solutions, this series wants the vehicles to use simple, inventive solutions.
Dacia series is also expected to highlight its reliability. The Lodgy Glace was custom-built by the teams at Tork Engineering (design, production, assembly) and Sodemo (engine).
The technical and sporting experts of Renault Sport Technologies (RST) also had a hand. It functions like a conductor as it coordinates the various different technical partners and disciplines (design, engineering), the drivers as well as the Dacia brand itself.
Dacia's extraordinary work can be seen in its entire range. Providing incredible value for money, they have a reputation for being reliable and simplistic in their practicality and the Lodgy is an exemplary model of the range.
The Lodgy comes with great strength and a manoeuvrability you would expect of a car only 4.5 m by 1.75 m.
The team has taken the time to make Dacia's logo a crucial part of the grille where it successfully highlights its curves and the wheel arches. The interior of the Lodgy remains generous and there is ample room on each of the vehicle’s seven seats even in the traditionally cramped third row where knee and head room can be quite restrictive. In which case, the opposite is the case here as it can easily accommodate two adults.
Isofix fittings have been installed in the rear seats to allow for booster cushions and child seats to be fitted. With an extremely versatile interior including a fold down third row, with minimal adjustments the seats can be removed for added room.
The boot is just as roomy as you would expect from Dacia and is in fact the largest in the market. With an impressive range extending from 2,617 dm3 when two seats are deployed, 827 dm3 with five seats and 207 dm3 in the seven seat configuration, the Lodgy can also add an additional 30 litres of storage inside the cabin using the numerous pockets and wells provided. Even the dashboard has been changed in order to provide extra space so that a storage pocket, drinks holder and three-litre top could be included, all of which does in no way crowd the area.
A DACIA FOR THE TODAY'S GENERATION
The revelation of the Lodgy marks the beginning in the next wave of Dacia vehicles. Starting with the Lodgy, there is marked improvement in the design of the interior and the amount of technology onboard. Highlighting the great strengths of the range of vehicles, the models differ according to price with small alterations such as the adding of chrome trim, an ergonomic control system and a higher level of finish.
In spite of the changes, Dacia continues to make vehicles that remain straightforward no matter which model you are interested in and are true to what their customers demand.
Innovative, practical technology
Featuring the MEDIA NAV multimedia system, it comes at a great price of just €430 and has a radio, Bluetooth, satellite navigation and sockets for MP3 players. The satellite navigation is available via the central console and allows for hands-free calls and the synchronisation of contacts on your phone with the onboard system and call logs.
MEDIA NAV can also stream music and podcasts through the car's speakers via an iPod or smartphone which can be connected using the USB or jack on the dash. The controls for the media system can be manipulated from the steering wheel or the display pad.