Mahindra Renault, a joint venture between Mahindra & Mahindra and Renault, has launched the low-cost Logan sedan in India. The entry reflects growing demand in India for larger, mid-size sedans.
The Logan, available in 1.4-liter and 1.6-liter gasoline versions and a 1.5-liter diesel version, will roll out from Mahindra’s plant at Nashik, which has been upgraded with an installed capacity to produce 50,000 units annually.
The gasoline models start at 428,000 rupees (US$9,700); the diesel version will start at 547,000 rupees (US$12,400).
The Logan is a milestone for us as it marks our entry into the most competitive segment of the automotive market. The global quality platform of the Logan with its unmatched features makes it a landmark for the Indian car industry. The strengths of Renault and our passion for outperformance and customer centricity have offered a product that will appeal to the evolved Indian customer.—Anand Mahindra, Vice Chairman & Managing Director, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd
Renault conceived of the Logan with international development in mind. More than 420,000 Logans have been sold worldwide since the launch in 2004. The Logan is currently being sold in 51 countries on five continents, and Renault plans to hit 1 million units per year of the Logan and its variants by 2009.
The 4-cylinder engines are mated with a five-speed manual transmission. The 1.4-liter engine develops 75 hp (60 kW), while the 1.6-liter unit delivers 84 hp (62.6 kW). Fuel economy for the gasoline versions range from 10-13 kilometers/liter (23.5-30.5 mpg US or 7.7-10 l/100km).
The 1.5-liter diesel develops 65 hp (48.5 kW) with fuel economy of 14-18 km/liter (32.9-42.3 mpg US or 5.56-7.14 l/100km) and CO2 emissions as low as 125 g/km.