M&M partnered with not just Indian companies but with prominent ones in the international market too, including Renault SA, International Truck and Engine Corporation, USA, in order to show off its global presence. M&M is also exporting products from India to different nations across the globe. It now has many branches in many nations.
Now, we see how M&M has entered the passenger car segment in India, with the manufacture of Logan, a mid-size sedan in April 2007. The Logan was born under the Mahindra-Renault collaboration. The joint venture soon dissolved but the Logan became a part of Mahindra and Mahindra. At the moment the Logan is being sold as Mahindra and Mahindra Logan and not Mahindra Renault Logan. Expect to see a new facelifted version of the Logan in the days to come.
Though the Renault backed out from the joint Venture it had with Mahindra and Mahindra, Renault did not take the Logan back, the technological expertise of Renault on the Logan remains the same, and Mahindra seems to have benefitted with that. There are rumours that the Mahindra Logan would be offered as a compact sedan (CS), which has been a rage now ever since Tata got a moderate success with its Indigo CS.
In India, Mahindra Logans polpularity took a hit as the chief operators of the car were the fleet taxi owners. But, the people who use the Mahindra Logan swear by it for its go-anywhere capability. Its frugal fuel sipping ways also have some rave reviews. Logan is the stylish entry-level compact sedan from the joint venture of Mahindra Renault. Logan comes with best value for money, offering sedan-like conveniences at the cost of a small car. The available BSIII and BS IV variants Petrol variants are 1.4 GL, GLE, and GLX and 1.6 GLS, GLS (also gives an option ABS), and GLX. Diesel variants are 1.5 DLE, DLS, DLS ABS, and DLX and the petrol/CNG variants include GLS, GLX, and GLSX. The Limited edition variants Tourer and Play are also available with Logan.
The Mahindra Logan is not a head turner instead it goes for a practical look. The Logan measures 4,250 mm in length, 1,975 mm in width and 1,525 mm in height and weighs 925 kgs. With a wheelbase of 2,630 mm, its wide body offers comfortable seating, with enough headroom and legroom, in the front as well as the rear seat.
Prominent wheel arches, and smooth body sides and bonnet highlight Mahindra Logans exterior. The rear lamp clusters, placed at an angle, make the cars structured edges look even while the headlamps give a sharp look to it. Though the JV has taken a beating, the Renault badge is placed prominently on the grille of this Mahindra car.
The Logan is the only car in its segment that has three head-rests in the rear seat; one for the middle occupant as well. The cars beige interiors lend a bright and plush feel to it. With a boot capacity of 510 litres, the Logan can carry luggage of all sizes. The boot provides a low loading platform and is protected by the boot lining from the upper part of the rear bumper. Even after the incorporation of the CNG tank, the boot offers capacious storage space.
The compartment layout of the car guarantees safety for all passengers in case of a frontal collision. In the event of a side impact, the cars central pillar protects the occupants. Its fuel tank has been meticulously placed under the floor-pan, to avoid its bursting in case of a collision from the rear. A cross-member in the back of the rear seat prevents the entry of objects placed in the boot into the cabin.
The Logan has been modified to suit the Indian driving conditions. Its air-conditioning and heating system are designed to suit extreme climatic conditions found in the country. The Logans ground clearance of 155 mm makes driving on potholed and bumpy roads easier.
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The Logans top-end variant comes with features like anti-lock braking system, airbags; power assisted steering, remote-controlled central locking, electric windows and CD player.
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