Following the Sandero Stepway, two new Dacia models will get the rugged-looking Stepway treatment at the Paris Auto Show: the Lodgy and Dokker MPVs.
Renault has confirmed that the all-new Espace minivan will have its world premiere at the Paris Auto Show, alongside two new Dacia models: the Lodgy Stepway and Dokker Stepway.
The safety gurus at the European New Car Assessment Program (Euro NCAP), an independent organization that assesses and scores vehicle safety, have released a new round of scores for 15 new models, many of which were presented at the recent Paris Motor Show.
With one exception, the new Dacia Lodgy minivan that Euro NCAP said "budgets on safety" as it was rated with a mediocre three stars out of five, all other cars tested were awarded five stars.
Euro NCAP criticized the Renault Group's decision to not offer the electronic stability control (ESC) as standard equipment on the Lodgy, while also noting that the Dacia model scored poorly for pedestrian and child protection.
Today, the Renault Group's Dacia brand has as much to do with sports cars as the Nissan GT-R powered Duster racer has in common with its production namesake.
But things change and there's always the possibility that the Romanian automaker may gain a little love from the French firm's Renault Sport division sometime in the future.
Up until now, if you wanted to pay around €10,000 for a roomy MPV in Europe, then your only option was to search for a used model, but that's about to change as Dacia has unveiled a new and affordable people carrier at the 82nd Geneva Motor Show today.
It’s named Lodgy and according to the Renault Group's Romanian brand, it will enter the European market with a starting price of just €9,900 (about US$13,300).
"Once again, Dacia is flouting convention by offering genuine five and seven-seater variants of its new Lodgy from just €9,900, a revolutionary price for a car of this type," reads Dacia's press blurb.
The Renault Group may be holding back information and pictures on its new Dacia Lodgy MPV until we approach closer to the Geneva Motor Show that kicks off in March, but it can't stop readers from filming its cars on the road.
Captured here on film in Romania, were several examples of Dacia's new entry in the compact minivan sector, affording us a better view of the car.
Renault wants to make sure that the positive momentum of its low-cost Dacia brand continues with the constant addition of new models.
Following the presentations of the Duster crossover, Sandero and Sandero Stepway supermini, and the sedan, seven-seat estate, van and pickup truck versions of the Logan, the Romanian automaker revealed its latest creation in the form of the Lodgy.