Mahindra Renault Ltd (Mahindra and Renault's 51:49 JV) is introducing Logan in India. Renault Logan (also known as Dacia Logan) is a robust, reliable, economical mid-sizer. It has very good space and comfort is good too. Logan coming to India is stripped-down version of European Logan and will have very basic features only. This car is expected to do good in rural areas where Mahindra has better reach. This car will attract prospective Esteem and Indigo buyers and will succeed in breaking many of them. It would be very good option for people seeking a basic, reliable, contemporary sedan.
However, Mahindra has kept all the details secret as of now but if we believe that this is the same car as being sold in some European countries then we have got a little to talk about here.2630mm of wheelbase would be a class-leader and will provide ample legroom in front and rear both. 510 liters of boot-space would be more than adequate. Renault's engineering and Mahindra's dealer-network should give fantastic after-sales-services and reliability.1.4L, 76ps Petrol engine's performance would be good enough unless they tune engine too much for better fuel economy. Car should have performance figures similar to that of Maruti Esteem With a top-speed of 155-160kmph and 0-100km in 13-14 seconds. Fuel economy for this car should be in 10-15 kmpl on city-highway roads.1.5L, 71ps Diesel engine too is good enough and is far better than its closest competitor, Tata Indigo. With a top-speed of 150-155 kmph and 0-100km in 16-17 seconds it will really be a boon at the price it is expected to be offered. This car should give 12-17 kmpl on Indian city roads/highways.
Car Segment/Body style: Midsize/Sedan Fuel Type: Petrol, Diesel Engine: 1.4L (1390cc) Petrol, 1.5L (1461cc) Diesel Max Power/Torque: 76ps/111Nm (Petrol), 71ps/160Nm (Diesel) Dimensions (LxWxH): 4250x1975x1525 mm
Carwale Expects: Very much affordable, reliable, robust, entry-level sedan. Would give a tough competition to Esteem and Indigo.
Update: Mahindra-Renault Logan has been launched. Please refer to this post for more details.