In the Renaulution plan of Luca de Meo – the new boss of the Renault group – Dacia occupies an important strategic place. With its intelligent, simple and affordable products, the originally Romanian brand touches a nerve in this time of energy transition in which electric cars are still too expensive, single-volumers have disappeared from the scene and ‘classic’ new cars are becoming less democratic. With the Jogger, a 7-seat crossover, Dacia wants to offer an affordable solution to young families.
The Dacia Jogger can be ordered from December 2021. Prices are not yet known at the moment, but a lot of value-for-money remains paramount in the strategy of the Romanian Renault subsidiary.
Despite that vague reference to the first-generation Logan MCV, the Jogger is completely new and rests on the CMF-B platform inaugurated by the Sandero. As a family car par excellence, the Jogger offers a lot of space. With a length of 4.55 meters and a wheelbase of 2.90 meters, it can accommodate 5 or 7 passengers. And there is also the trunk space. In a seven-seater configuration, the volume is limited to 213 litres, but with only the front seats upright, that becomes 1,819 litres. In addition, unlike the Logan MCV, the Dokker or the Lodgy, thanks to a generous 200mm ground clearance, the Jogger has all-road capability. In addition, the Jogger can count on the modular roof bars that we have already seen on the new Sandero and the Renault Kangoo.
The interior of the Jogger raises the bar a bit higher for the budget brand. For example, from the second trim level, the dashboard is provided with a textile strip. There is no shortage of storage options. They are spread throughout the interior and all together have a volume of 24 liters. In terms of ergonomics, the touchscreen does use touch technology, but there are still physical buttons for setting the air conditioning and driver assistance systems.
In addition to six airbags as standard, the Dacia Jogger offers – as standard or as an option – the main driver assistance systems, such as automatic emergency braking, blind spot control, automatic parking brake with hill departure assist, and so on. The Media Control interface offers Bluetooth and USB connections and a 3.5-inch digital screen for the on-board computer, but certain voice instructions are also possible via the Dacia Media Control app. The infotainment hatch is entrusted to an 8-inch touchscreen in the center of the dashboard, slightly facing the driver. The interface is wirelessly compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The option list includes things such as heated seats, keyless-go, a speed controller, automatic air conditioning with digital display and automatic lights and wipers.
Also as a hybrid
As a good crossover, the Jogger has an adventurous design, thanks to a high ground clearance, large wheels, plastic protection elements and massive roof rails. At launch, another special version will be offered with an even more distinctly rugged look, which has been dubbed Extreme. The Jogger stands out at the front with a wide radiator grille and a very horizontal bonnet with two humps to reinforce the impression of robustness and sportiness, while in the side view the wheels are placed at the extremes of the body. A small spoiler was mounted above the tailgate, while the rear window is flanked by vertical light blocks. The flanks feature muscular fenders similar to the Sandero and the cutout of the rear side window is reminiscent of the first Logan MCV.
Under the hood of the Jogger are of course Renault engines, in particular the one-litre three-cylinder TCE 110 and its LPG-derived Eco-G 100, which promises a driving range of more than 1,000 km thanks to its 50 liter petrol tank and 40 gas tank. litres, while its (WLTP) standard consumption is 7.6 l/100 km and it can boast a CO2standard emissions of just 121 g/km. There is no diesel, but the great novelty is the arrival of a hybrid variant, which combines a 1.6 petrol with two electric motors. An architecture that we already know from some Renault models. This hybrid will only be available from 2023 and is equipped with a 1.2 kWh battery. This version will probably be the least expensive hybrid seven-seater on the market.