Back in 2006, when Dacia launched the Logan MCV estate/wagon, their model lineup was limited, so they decided to have two models in one – a cavernous estate and a seven-seater MPV. The exterior styling and dimensions reflected this as well – it looked like an estate, but it was made extra-tall to offer the headroom MPV buyers would expect.
Was it successful? Of course it was, and despite having gone out of production at Dacia's Romanian plant in November of 2012, it is still being manufactured today, pretty much unchanged, in Russia, as the Lada Largus.
Now that Dacia also has the Lodgy seven-seater MPV, there was room in their range for a more conventional, more mainstream estate car. Thus, we introduce the new Dacia Logan MCV, a complete rethink of the concept, displayed at the Geneva International Motor Show.
In fact, when the first Logan MCV was launched, they said the three letters stood for "Multi Convivial Vehicle". Now, they are calling it a "Max Capacity Vehicle", keeping the familiar nametag, but changing its meaning (without making a fuss about it).
Since this is an estate car, the capacity of the boot is one of its key selling points, and the Logan MCV will be among the highest-scoring cars in its class in this category, because it has a total load volume of 573 liters with the rear seats up and 1,518 liters when folded. To put it into perspective, the estate version of the seventh-generation Golf only gets 32 and 102 extra liters of volume respectively.
The engine range will be carried over from the Logan and Sandero, so the new MCV gets the same base 1.2-liter petrol engine, with 75 hp, the turbocharged 900cc Tce 90 unit, with 90 hp and the familiar 1.5-liter DCi diesel also putting out 90 hp.
Nevertheless, even with the extra bulk of the longer body, the diesel-powered Logan MCV can still achieve an impressive combined fuel consumption figure of 3.8 l/100 km (74.3 mpg UK), while emitting 99 g/km CO2.
First deliveries are expected to begin in July, and aside from all the usual markets the Logan MCV will be sold in, it will also make up the fourth model in Dacia's UK lineup – UK order books open in April.
By Andrei Nedelea