Renault's low-cost, Romania-based brand, Dacia, has introduced a new flex-fuel version of its Logan MCV people mover. The E85-capable wagon uses a 105 hp version of the Renault 1.6-liter four cylinder. With French tax incentives, the Logan starts at a rather miserly €11,200, a very moderate price in Europe. When the "field to wheel" emissions are factored in, the CO2 emissions of the Logan MCV amount to just 116 g/km although this obviously depends greatly on the feedstock source used for the ethanol production. Nonetheless, the Logan qualifies for Dacia's eco2 badging for low emissions vehicles.
The Logan MCV is available with either a five- or seven-seat configuration and running on ethanol boosts output to 105 hp from the 90 hp of the gas-only version. The Logan is now available for order in France.
DACIA LOGAN MCV NOW AVAILABLE IN BIOETHANOL-FUELLED FORM IN FRANCE, WITH TAX-PAID PRICES STARTING FROM €11,200
• Dacia has extended its catalogue of vehicles capable of running on alternative fuels. Following the introduction of the highly successful Dacia Logan and Dacia Sandero 1.4 MPI 75 LPG, the brand is to release an E85 superethanol-compatible version of the celebrated Dacia Logan MCV estate in France.
• Dacia Logan MCV 1.6 16v 105 Bioethanol replaces the former 1.6 MPI 90 version, with tax-paid prices (in France) starting from €11,200:
• Order books are already open at dealerships.
• Dacia Logan MCV 1.6 16v 105 Bioethanol benefits from attractive tax incentives, since its CO2 emissions are reduced by 40 per cent when calculating where the vehicle stands in terms of the eco-bonus/surcharge scheme operating in France. This reduction ensures 'neutral' status under this scheme. Meanwhile, the vehicle's logbook is either free of charge or half-price in many of the country's administrative departments.
1.6 16v 105 105 Bioethanol (five seats)
11 200 €
11 950 €
13 050 €
1.6 16v 105 Bioethanol (seven seats)
11 800 €
12 550 €
13 650 €
○ Reliability: it benefits from the extensive know-how of the Renault group which has manufactured and sold bioethanol-fuelled engines in Brazil since 2004.
○ Flexibility: it runs equally as well on E85 superethanol fuel as it does on unleaded petrol like SP95, SP95-E10 or SP98.
○ Enhanced performance: a real gain in terms of performance and driving pleasure under the bonnet of Dacia Logan MCV.
Like all Dacia vehicles, Dacia Logan MCV 1.6 16v 105 Bioethanol comes with a three-year or 100,00km warranty.
Dacia Logan MCV 1.6 16v 105 Bioethanol contributes to the respect of the environment (it qualifies for the Dacia eco2 signature) and is economical both to purchase and run and:
○ Contributes to the respect of the environment: bioethanol fuel is a renewable energy which permits less dependence on fossil fuels.
From "field-to-wheel" the emissions of Dacia Logan MCV 16v 105 Bioethanol amount to 116g CO2/km. This version of Dacia Logan MCV running with bio-fuel is manufactured at the ISO 14001- certified Pitesti plant in Romania, while more than five per cent of the plastic it contains is sourced from recycling and it is 95 per cent end-of-life recoverable. It consequently qualifies for the Dacia eco2 signature.
○ Economical to purchase and run: the pump price of E85 superethanol is particularly competitive in France.
• The principal features of the 1.6 16v 105 Bioethanol engine are its:
MORE ECOLOGICAL AND ECONOMICAL
Dacia Logan MCV 1.6 16v 105 Bioethanol which qualifies for the Dacia eco2 signature joins Dacia's line-up of economical, environmentally-respectful vehicles alongside Dacia Sandero dCi 70 and dCi 85 (120g of CO2/km), Dacia Sandero and Dacia Logan 1.2 16v (139g of CO2/km) and Dacia Sandero and Logan 1.4 MPI 75 LPG (135g of CO2/km).
Bioethanol fuel emits up to 40 per cent fewer CO2 emissions (average value on all European ethanol sources, from "field-to-wheel") compared with a car running on pure petrol. According to its report published on 9 October 2009 (Analyses de Cycle de Vie appliquées aux biocarburants de première génération consommés en France), the ADEME confirms the environmental and energetic assets of the Bioethanol fuel. Indeed the Bioethanol fuel is a more ecological solution than petrol since it offers a reduction ranging from 57% per cent (wheat-sourced ethanol) to 73% (beetroot-sourced ethanol) with regard to field-to-wheel of CO2 emissions (i.e. from the production phase, including plant growth, and transport or distribution to end use) compared with the use of pure petrol. A figure which goes beyond the 50% reduction of C02 emissions requested by the European regulations by 2017. Dacia Logan MCV 1.6 16v 105 emits 178g CO2/km. From "field-to-wheel", the emissions of this Dacia Logan MCV version are 116g CO2/km.
Dacia Logan MCV 1.6 16V 105 Bioethanol is economical both to purchase and run. The pump price of E85 superethanol currently stands at the very competitive average price of €0.89/litre in France. Also, since E85 superethanol contains up to 85 per cent ethanol, its price is less subject to fluctuations in the cost of crude oil and petrol.
1.6 16V 105 BIOETHANOL ENGINE: RELIABLE, FLEXIBLE AND ENHANCED PERFORMANCE
The 1.6 16v 105 Bioethanol engine is robust and reliable. It is equipped with specific components that permit its use with E85 superethanol fuel, including high temperature-resistant sodium-filled valves, optimised cylinder-head cooling and oil-jet cooled pistons. In addition, the materials employed for the fuel tank, fuel system and fuel pump have been upgraded to counter the risk of corrosion. It is worth recalling that the Renault group has manufactured and sold Flex-Fuel engines to run on E100 ethanol in Brazil since 2004.
The 1.6 16v 105 E85 engine is flexible, since its runs equally as well on E85 superethanol as it does on unleaded petrol like SP95, SP95-E10 or SP98.
This engine also enhances the performance of Dacia Logan MCV compared with versions powered by the petrol 1.6 MPI 90 engine. The1.6 16V 105 E85 engine boasts maximum power of 77kW (105hp) at 5,750rpm, and peak torque of 148Nm at 3,750rpm, enabling Dacia Logan MCV 1.6 16V 105 Bioethanol to accelerate from standstill to 100kph in 11.8 seconds for a top speed of 174kph. Estates capable of matching these performance figures are rare in Dacia Logan MCV's price bracket. That said, it is especially for the response and driving pleasure it delivers that the 1.6 16V engine will notably appeal to Dacia Logan MCV customers. With 90 per cent of peak torque available from as low as 2,000rpm, it is both feisty and enjoyable to drive, while acceleration is particularly smooth with no flat spots, even at either low- or mid-engine speeds. Fuel consumption has not suffered either, since this 16-valve version of the 1.6-litre engine claims combined-cycle fuel consumption of just 7.5 litres/100km (running on pure petrol). The 1.6 16V 105 Bioethanol engine drives through a JR-type five-speed gearbox.
Dacia Logan MCV 1.6 16v 105 Bioethanol comes with a three-year or 100,000km warranty.
THREE EQUIPMENT LEVELS AVAILABLE FOR DACIA LOGAN MCV 1.6 16V 105 BIOETHANOL
Standard equipment, Ambiance equipment level:
Matt grey grille Body colour front and rear bumpers Chrome upper grille trim Black side protective mouldings 15-inch steel wheels with full-size wheel trims ABS with EBV electronic brakeforce distribution Emergency brake assist Driver and front passenger front airbags (passenger side airbag disconnectable using key) Lateral thorax airbags for front seats Three-point height-adjustable seatbelts Three three-point rear seatbelts Isofix child seat anchorage for outer second row seats 60/40-split folding second row seat backs and cushions Three height-adjustable rear headrests Comma-type headrest for middle second row seat Hydraulic power steering Coded immobilizer Rev-counter Air recycling Central locking Three-speed windscreen wiper Defrosting rear screen Exterior mirrors manually adjustable from inside the cabin Four-speed fan and heater Fore/aft-adjustable front seats Glove box and stowage bins in front doors Can-holder on front centre console Passenger-side sun visor with courtesy mirror Removable ashtray
Dacia Logan MCV 1.6 16V 105 Bioethanol comes with lateral thorax airbags as standard equipment (in addition to driver and front passenger front airbags). This equipment is only available as an option in the case of the petrol and diesel versions of Dacia's estate.
Boot lighting (five-seat version) Removable baggage cover (five-seat version) 'Dark metal'-finish centre console Lateral boot trimming Cloth front and rear door panel trimming Tinted glass
• Metallic paint €400
• Foglamps €200
• Air conditioning €900
• Electric Pack €250 (radio frequency remote control central locking + electric front windows)
• 2x15W radio-CD €290 • Baggage cover (for seven-seat version) €80 • Longitudinal roofbars €140
Standard equipment, Lauréate version = Ambiance version, plus...
Body colour exterior door handles and exterior mirrors Five-function trip computer (total distance, split distance, average fuel consumption, anticipated range, average speed) Door not shut warning Foglamps Defrosting electric exterior mirrors Electric Pack (radio frequency remote control central locking + electric front windows) Height-adjustable steering wheel Two comma-type headrests for third row seats (seven-seat version) 50/50-split folding third row seatbacks and cushions Gradually dimming roof light Lit glovebox and reading light Height-adjustable driver's seat Satin-finish chrome-effect centre console Door sill trim Map pockets Driver's sunglasses stowage Stowage at base of centre console Longitudinal roofbars
Options • 15-inch alloy wheels • Metallic paint • Climate control • Rear electric windows • 4x15W radio-CD with MP3 playback • Overhead stowage • Baggage cover (seven-seat version) • Baggage retention net
Standard equipment, Prestige version = Lauréate version, plus...
Climate control Leather-trimmed steering wheel 4x15W radio-CD
Options • Metallic paint • 4x15W radio-CD with MP3 playback • Electric rear windows • 15-inch alloy wheels • Overhead stowage • Baggage cover (seven-seat version) • Baggage retention net
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