The Romanian based automaker Dacia has recently unveiled a new model, named the Lodgy, which is supposed to be a spacious family MPV but the vehicle debuts as a race car which will take on the Trophee Andros 2011/2012 ice-racing series, where two such cars will be driven by Alain Prost.
According to Dacia, the MPV racer takes its power from a 3.0 liter V6 engine which is developing a total output of 355 horsepower and has a peak torque of 360 Nm, mated to a SADEV six-speed sequential transmission which is sending power to an all-wheel drive system, but the production version is expected to be equipped with the same units as the Duster, the 1.5 liter dCi, with 90 or 110 horsepower, and the 1.6 liter petrol with its 110 HP.
“It will be slightly different as a design, it has the genes of the future MPV which will come in March, but here we have a car which is adapted for racing, so the production version will be longer and taller, but the general image will remain unchanged, said Eric Pasquier.
The Dacia Lodgy is expected to come in both five and seven-seat versions and the Romanian based automaker is planning to keep its model 3.000 – 4.000 EUR cheaper than the competition, just like previous models in the Dacia range like the Logan, Sandero or Duster.
The Renault sub-brand didn’t officially announced details about the new model’s starting price, performance, fuel consumption or equipment levels but the entry-level is expected to cost under 13.000 EUR, while for the top-of-the-line future customers will have to pay just over 18.000 EUR.