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Dacia Dokker: Suite Lodgique!.
Hardly born, comes in the Lodgy utility. But surprisingly, also in MPV with door (s) sliding rear (s) and deflated prices. A threat to the Kangoo?
Marketing in September 2012
From € 8,990 (estimate)
The compact MPV is Lodgy concession since March that already chained Dacia MPV with a variation: the Dokker.
The faces are identical, the shield around. But for different lengths of complementary uses.
Long (4.50 m), the Lodgy seats up to seven passengers. Shorter (4.36 m), but above, the Dokker is built for loading. Everyone plays a part.
Designed primarily for professionals who opt for hard top version called Dokker Van (see below), the MPV Dacia sees the big picture.
Although it is cut by 14 cm at the door to rear overhang - the wheelbase is the same (2.81 m) - it makes up a pavilion above 13 cm.
With 1.81 m below the fathom, the Dokker engulfed 800 liters in five-seat configuration and up to 3000 liters with the rear seats folded.
Bigger, the better necessarily Lodgy offers five seats (827 liters) but is beaten to the maximum capacity (2617 liters).
Anyway, on board, the furniture is identical for both models. We thus find the rear seats of Dokker a folding bench seat in the back holding the front seats.
Modularity is minimalist: only folders have functionality 2/3 - 1/3, the remaining one-piece seat. It is hardy, very efficient and above all cheap!
Door to door
Unlike conventional Lodgy adorned with sashes, the Dokker relies on sliding side doors. There will be two from the second level of trim.
But one of the basic version, on the right flank, to keep below € 9000. There is therefore no access to the rear seat on the left side.
A process that takes us back fifteen years ago, launches the first generation Berlingo, Partner and Kangoo who democratized, one by one, the use of sliding doors.
And no tailgate
Always allow for the operation low price, the stern of Dokker resume swinging doors asymmetric version of Utility rather than the tailgate.
Dacia but would it not gone too far in its frenzy to save money? The door hinges are exposed on the outside!
Yet with rear door designed to the same principle, a Logan MCV takes care to hide. In addition, it allows an opening to 270 degrees (only 180 for Dokker).
A loss that is both attractive and functional, surprising when one considers that the term Dokker take over from Logan MCV (see below).
So why the Dokker did he not return to the tailgate Lodgy? Two reasons.
First fires of the minivan Dacia very stylized contours of vertical MPV when they are cut for easy loading of bulky items (including Euro pallets).
Second, the roof of Dokker is higher than that which would impose Lodgy of the specific embodiment of a stamped.
But investment is not profitable. On this market segment, sales of versions "windows" for individuals represent only half of those versions "tôlées" for professionals.
In addition, the design and drawing a tail-specific Dokker necessarily would affect its sale price.
What the Lodgy dangerously close to the crop and on a differential that we determine in equivalent version at € 1,000 entry-level (€ 500 thereafter).
Yet the court Dokker range, do not be ashamed to compete.
In terms of side doors, exterior dimensions and loading capacity, he is on a par with the twins Citroen Berlingo / Peugeot Partner and Fiat Doblo / Opel Combo.
Rivals who start at rates almost twice as high! Another coup for Dacia.
At the expense of the Renault Kangoo?
By April, it has anticipated the threat Dokker by lying to 4.60 m to become Grand Kangoo (see below).
The new and old
The range of engines from gasoline Dokker aligns with that of Lodgy.
It begins with an "antique" block 1.6 to 85 hp air.
Anemic (0 to 100 km / h in 14.3 s) and wolverine (7.5 l/100 km value mixed approval) its only merit is to guarantee a ticket below € 9000 but with a penalty of 750 €!
It will be complemented by the new block 1.2 TCe of much more powerful 115 hp (0 to 100 km / h in 10.3 s) while being more sober (6.1 l/100 km).
However, the majority Dokker should find buyers with diesel engines: 1.5 dCi 75 and 90 hp. Offers a "diesel" which reduces the wing compared to that of a Lodgy available in versions 90 and 110 hp.
Dacia plays again complementarity with a comprehensive proposal to be as wide as that of Kangoo.
But which is justified especially as, equivalent equipment, the gap widens between a tariff and a Dokker Lodgy. Let it be said, the enemy of Dokker this is not the Lodgy.
Van Dokker: replaces Logan Van
To discover in detail shortly in our pages VUL / VI, this van has a sliding side door (the second on the left side is optional).
She embarks 3.3 m3 (only two places) and if it is not sufficient, an optional Easy Seat can fold into a tablet and / or remove the passenger seat.
With the key 3.9 m3 and a load length of 3 m.
Enough to retire the current Logan Van.
The Kangoo thinks bigger
The arrival of Dokker is a threat to the Kangoo.
More expensive, offer a lesser payload capacity (2866 liters), he is left with few assets: a frame Scénic safer, a more rewarding and special equipment (shelves on the back of the front seats, ceilings and cupboards tailgate).
But Ludospace Renault has not said its last word. It stretches from 39 cm to become Grand Kango (4.60 m) in seven places with the room is larger: 3400 liters.
Change of course for the Logan MCV
Eight months of waiting before delivery to its debut in 2007: the career of Logan MCV was launched with much fanfare. The output will be more muted, overshadowed by the arrival of Lodgy and Dokker who both have condemned.
The next generation of Logan sedan will be unveiled "in trunk" at the upcoming Paris Motor Show in October.
But its declination break lose its atypical profile (long wheelbase: 2.91 m, 1.67 m high pitched pavilion and version 7 seats) in favor of a dynamic figure in the spirit of competition (Skoda Octavia Combi) .
The goal is an upmarket while rebalancing the report living space / boot space.
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