Despite the brilliant start to the career of the new Sandero or the immense popularity of the Duster, just because we are called Dacia does not mean that the future is necessarily blue. The Lodgy and the Logan can attest to this, they who, despite a beautiful roominess or a giant trunk, have never seduced families with us. But at a time when the minivan is taking its bow, impossible for the Romanian manufacturer to be satisfied with the Sandero / Duster duo, it needs a 7-seater worthy of the name.. This is the role of this brand new Jogger.
Why is the new Jogger so important for Dacia?
1. Habitable AND sexy
Starting from a latest generation Sandero, from which it takes up the entire front end up to the first two doors, this new crossover is much more attractive to the eye than the two models to which it succeeds. To offer the best possible reception, the Jogger extends the CMF-B platform shared with its little sister Sandero as much as possible. With a wheelbase of up to 2.90 m for 4.55 m long and a very vertical tailgate, this new wagon promises generous seats in three rows thanks to its raised roof, or a huge trunk in its 5-seater version: up to 708 dm3 against only 160 dm3 in 7-seater.
To claim its “outdoor” positioning, this Jogger adopts the fittings of the successful Stepway variants, made up of fender wideners, a double-boss hood, false skis at the bottom of the shields and large roof bars. Without forgetting a raised plate offering a ground clearance of 20 cm, just to pass without too much problem in the sunken lanes. And, a little nod to the Duster, the special launch Extreme series, presented here, receives a sticker on the front doors evoking the schnorkel-style hubcap of the Romanian SUV.
To climb aboard, passengers benefit from specific rear doors that are significantly longer compared to those of the Sandero and a drop of 4 cm compared to the front doors also facilitating access to the two seats in the boot. A space where – as we have verified – we are not too confined since Dacia has made sure that each row of passengers sees the road. The two seats of the trunk being removable and individual, we can also travel to six with some luggage. While the custodes can open a crack for natural ventilation. For those attracted by the immense trunk of the 5-seater variant (1.15 m loading length), Dacia has provided four lashing rings and elastic tensioners holding the luggage, not to mention two hooks for hanging bags.
3. Always smart
In the front, the Jogger of course takes the fairly well presented dashboard of the Sandero, despite hard plastics. Privilege compared to its little sister, it offers, from the basic Essentiel finish, a steering wheel adjustable on both levels and a driver’s seat adjustable in height. Unsurprisingly, we find the practical roof racks of the Stepway or even a smartphone holder allowing, after downloading the free Dacia Media Control app, to transform your own phone into a touchscreen for everything. Navigation, control the radio or even use Siri or Android voice recognition: it’s possible and it’s smart!
At the top of the range, the Jogger even has luxury perfumes with wireless connection (wi-fi) or heated seats. What to make of it, if your heart tells you, a car in tune with the times, without imposing too much sophistication on everyone. As long as Dacia sticks to it.
4. The first Dacia hybrid!
Size and number of places oblige, the 1.0 65 hp will not have the right of city on the Jogger with the weight however controlled (from 1,176 kg). The range begins with the 1.0 TCe 100 ECO-G compatible with LPG supplemented – this is new at Dacia – by the same 3-cylinder 1.0 turbo petrol, but with direct injection and delivering 110 hp and 200 Nm of torque. Those who consider this power insufficient or who hoped for a diesel will be disappointed. But if they wait until 2023, Dacia is preparing a real hybrid for them, which will take over the successful technology of the Clio, Captur and Arkana E-Tech. With 140 hp, this Jogger, simply called hybrid, also available in 7-seater, should be both economical in town and quite efficient on the road, while remaining competitive in price … for a “green” variation is understood. The first deliveries – excluding hybrid – will begin in February 2022, with a first price around € 15,000.