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Renault Lodgy Stepaway unveiled at the Star Guild awards

Renault Lodgy Stepaway showcased at  2015 Star Guild awards

The Indian-spec model of the Renault Lodgy Stepaway was recently showcased at the Star Guild awards, and was introduced by none other than actor Anil Kapoor and Hritik Roshan. The concept car was showcased at the Paris Auto show and the step away version which is to be launched in the country was showcased at the award show. These style of promotional activities do not promote the vehicle in the right way though and Renault should possibly think of better ways to sell to the public. Hritik Roshan was given the honor to be the first owner of the vehicle.

Styling
The Renault Lodgy is not exactly the most eye-catching car you’d see. Based on the Lodgy variant, the Stepaway is supposed to be a “cross variant”. As the name Stepaway suggests, the car would have cross-functional utility, as well as good urban driving dynamics. The car has been lifted off the Dacia portfolio. Though the car is not exactly the same externally. A lot of changes have been made with a restyled front grill and better styling. The taillights too have been redesigned to give it a fresh look.

The Renault Lodgy has a wheelbase of 2,810mm, which is MASSIVE! That gives the car a lot of internal free-space. This would help provide ample legroom, as well as decent boot space. To give justice to its “Stepaway“ badge, Renault has made effort to make sure the car looks the part. The car comes with plastic cladding on the sides, as seen on all cross variants in the country namely – (Polo/ Etios/Avventura). The car has faded chrome skid plates, on the front and rear bumper.

Interiors
Since there are only external pictures available (of the car testing, as well as at the award function launch) not too much can be said about the interiors. The car will borrow most of its essence from the Duster. Hopefully better quality plastics would be used for the fittings.

Engine
No official verdict has been made about the specifications of the Engine. The car is expected to have the same heart as its brother, the Duster. The 1.5 liter K9K diesel motor will be doing duty on the Lodgy (and the Stepaway variant), though in a different state of tune.

Conclusion
If priced right this car could give MPV`s like the Ertiga, Mobilio and even the bigger segment cars like the Innova a run for their money. Only thing that could keep the masses away is the not so great external design and bad fittings as complaints were reported for the Duster.