French auto-maker Renault has released the first image of its Lodgy MPV, giving us a clear view of the Honda Mobilio rival ahead of its launch next year.

Renault Lodgy, a car, which has been in testing pages in the country for quite some time now is ready to hit the lucrative Indian market this New Year. The company, which had confirmed the launch earlier, has now revealed the picture of the car, hinting us that the wait is getting over.

Lodgy, which is being sold in the global market under Dacia badge will be coming to India as Renault Lodgy. Judging from the latest image, it looks like the India-specific version of Lodgy will get stylish changes in terms of the front fascia.

Renault Releases First Image of Lodgy MPV; Launch, Price, Feature Details
Renault Releases First Image of Lodgy MPV; Launch, Price, Feature

Although the company is yet to reveal the details of the India-bound Lodgy, rumour mills have spat out a few details. Going by this, under the hood, Lodgy is expected to get 1.5-litre K9K diesel engine in two states of tune - 85PS and 110P and is expected to get a manual transmission.

Speaking of the features, Lodgy is likely to come fitted with a three-spoke steering wheel, circular AC vents, dual-tone dashboard and centre armrest for rear passengers. There seems to be parking sensors and reverse camera on the menu.

When launched, Renault Lodgy will rival Honda's new Mobilio, Maruti Ertiga, Toyota Innova, Chevrolet Enjoy and upcoming Datusn Go+ in India. From what we have heard so far, the MPV is likely to be priced competitively in domestic market, so expect it to get a tag in the range of ₹8 - ₹11 lakh.

"Renault holds the distinction of being the inventor of the MPV, with the Renault Espace launched in Europe three decades ago, and its expertise will be reflected in its new product offering for India: An MPV called 'The Renault Lodgy'," NDTV quoted a company official as saying.