Updates for low-cost Logan MCV

  • 14-Oct-2008 04:28 EDT

Dacia's updated Logan MCV goes on sale in November. (Patrick Ponticel)

Renault unit Dacia showed a new version of its Logan MCV (multi-convivial vehicle) at the Paris Motor Show in October. Initially launched in October 2006, the updated version will go on sale in Europe beginning in November without a price increase for entry-level units in most countries.

In addition to styling changes that bring it closer in line to its stable mates (the Sandero and the Logan sedan), including a larger grille with the brand’s logo topped by a chrome grille for all but entry-level versions, exterior upgrades include new larger headlamps and a new fully integrated front bumper that is flush with the bodywork. The bumper in the rear also is flush with the bodywork and incorporates reflectors. The length of the vehicle increases 20 mm (0.8 in) to 4470 mm (175.9 in).

Space is important in the seven-seater, Dacia says, and the vehicle provides shoulder room of 1421 mm (55.9 in) and 1287 mm (50.7 in) for the second three-seat and third two-seat rows, respectively.

Dacia says customers prefer the more lavishly equipped Logan MCV Lauréate (between 60 and 80% of sales, depending on country), and so the company has replaced the dashboard with one that provides what it says is clearer and easier-to-read data from the information center. Controls now “fall easily to hand,” it says. Also new is a center console, more practical door handles, a height-adjustable steering wheel, and a second-row middle-seat head restraint designed for greater rearward visibility.

Safety is further enhanced with the addition of the latest-generation Bosch 8.1 ABS, along with electronic brake force distribution and emergency brake assist. A new honeycomb structure dashboard is said to reduce the likelihood of knee injury in a crash.

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