The Dacia Jogger is a key model for the Renault Group manufacturer. It will be the first Dacia to take advantage of a hybrid powertrain (the full hybrid version will arrive in 2023) and replaces three models in one fell swoop: Logan, Dokker and the Lodgy minivan. According to what has been stated, the car has been designed for families, taking inspiration from different architectures: the dynamism of station wagons, the roominess of multi-spaces and the aesthetic characteristics of SUVs. The car is also available in a seven-seater version.
The design of the vehicle, created by the team led by Miles Nürnberger, has the appearance of a station wagon with some appendages typical of SUVs such as the bumper fascias and plastic protections. If the front follows the new family feeling inaugurated by the Sandero and Sandero Stepway models with the Y-shape luminous signature of the headlights, the rear exploits a stylistic solution with vertically developed light clusters that is currently unique for the brand. “The name refers to sport, nature and positive energy. This vehicle contributes to the development of the brand’s new identity,” say Dacia designers.
Even the interior follows the general approach inaugurated by Sandero and Sandero Stepway with steps forward for the brand in terms of quality, finishes and materials used. We drove the car in France, finding a certain brilliance in the powertrains (both the new 1.0 TCe from 110 horsepower, both for the LPG Eco-G from 100 horsepower) and an excellent modularity of the interior. In the cabin we find numerous compartments (23 liters of total volume), while it is possible to remove in the seven-seat version the two seats of the last row with ease. The infotainment part for the richer versions has a central 8-inch display from which it is possible to control the infotainment system, while the instrumentation is analogue, as is the compartment dedicated to air conditioning which is controlled by a few physical controls.
“The Dacia Jogger brings together all the best features of family cars: it’s elevated, has a large trunk, 7 seats and an adventurous look,” says David Durand, head of exterior design at Dacia. “Every aspect of its styling is functional to make the best possible use of interior space, while for the look of the exterior we wanted to convey the Jogger’s fun, leisure-oriented spirit.” The Jogger is part of the styling and technical revolution of a brand that intends to break away from the concept of “low cost”, while maintaining the qualities of functionality and accessibility that have always been part of its personality. “Design plays a key role in this new life of Dacia. We design cooler models while working closely with engineers on the best possible compromise between style and cost containment. It’s a constant challenge and the results are there for all to see.”