Dacia has dropped the curtains on the Jogger, a three-row crossover wagon, ahead of its world premiere at the 2021 IAA Mobility show in Munich. The 7-seater model is the longest in Dacia’s current range, while sharing many components with the Sandero Stepway crossover supermini. The Jogger will be initially offered with petrol and bi-fuel engines but in 2023 a hybrid version will follow.
Dacia describes the Jogger as a car that combines “the length and practicality of an estate car, the spaciousness of an MPV, and the styling and reassurance of an SUV”. The Jogger is based on a stretched version of the CMF-B platform which already underpins the new Sandero (supermini), Sandero Stepway (crossover), and Logan (sedan).
It measures 4,547 mm (179 inches) long, 1,784 mm (70.2 inches) wide, and 1,632 mm (64.3 inches) tall with a generous 200 mm (7.8 inches) ground clearance. The 2,897 mm (114 inches) wheelbase is +293 mm (11.5 inches) longer than the brand’s Sandero, while overall length is +206 mm (8.1 inches) longer than the Dacia Duster. This means that the Jogger is the longest vehicle in the Romanian carmaker’s range, at least until the Bigster flagship arrives in 2022.
The body panels up to the B-pillar are identical to the Sandero Stepway, with crossover styling cues and Y-shaped LEDs. However, the roof, greenhouse, and the tall read end are fully redesigned to better fit into their new role for this jacked-up estate with an adventurous character. The long rear overhang with a nearly vertical tail features Volvo-inspired taillights and a large tailgate reaching low in the bumper. The model also comes with modular roof rails that can be transformed from vertical to horizontal carrying up to 80 kg of weight.
The pictured variant is the “Extreme” limited edition which comes with black accents (roof-rails, mirrors, antenna, alloy wheels), Megalith Grey skid plates, unique door strips and Extreme badging. It is offered in five colors, including Pearl Black, Slate Grey, Moonstone Grey, Glacier White, and Terracotta Brown.
Spacious cabin with three rows of seats accommodating 7 adult passengers
The strongest selling point of the Jogger is the spacious cabin with a three-row configuration. According to Dacia, the cabin can accommodate up to 7 adult passengers, offering 855 mm (33.6 inches) of headroom and 127 mm (5 inches) of knee room in the third row. The seats can be arranged in more than 60 possible configurations.
Depending on their position, cargo space ranges from 160-213 lt (5.7-7.5 cubic feet) in the seven-seat layout, to 708-842 lt (25-29.7 cubic feet) in the five-seat configuration. The maximum cargo space can reach up to 1,819 lt (64.2 cubic feet) when the third row is removed and the second row is folded down. There is also an additional 24 lt (0.85 cubic feet) of storage in different compartments all around the cabin.
Elsewhere, the dashboard is shared with the Sandero which means you get a basic yet fairly modern setup with three kinds of infotainment systems, ranging from a smartphone docking station to an 8-inch touchscreen. The flagship Media Nav supports wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity and comes with navigation, a six-speaker audio system, and two USB ports. Features like the heated front seats, climate control with digital display, auto wipers, and electric parking brake are offered as optional equipment.
What about safety tech?
The crossover-wagon comes with six airbags and a range of available ADAS systems including Emergency Brake Assist, Blind Spot Warning, Park Assist, Hill Start Assist, Cruise Control, and Speed Limiter.
Petrol / LPG engines with a budget-friendly hybrid following in 2023
The engine range includes the new turbocharged 1.0 TCe 110 three-cylinder producing 109 hp (81 kW / 110 PS) and 200 Nm (147.5 lb-ft) of torque which is slightly more powerful than the similar motor used in the Sandero. Power is sent to the front wheels through a six-speed manual gearbox.
The Jogger will be also available with the 1.0 TCe 100 Bi-Fuel producing 99 hp (74 kW / 100 PS) when burning LPG. The Bi-Fuel version combines a 40-liter gas tank with a 50-liter LPG tank for a combined range of up to 999 km (621 miles) between refueling, thanks to the WLTP average fuel economy of up to 6.34 lt/100 km (37.1 mpg).
While there will be no diesel variants of the Jogger, Dacia announced that a hybrid will follow in 2023, becoming “the most affordable 7-seater hybrid on the market”. This will be Dacia’s first hybrid and their second electrified car after the fully electric Spring. It will feature hybrid technology from the Renault Group, combining a naturally-aspirated 1.6-liter petrol engine with two electric motors, a multi-mode automatic transmission, and a 1.2 kWh 230V battery.
While the battery is considerably smaller than in Renault’s E-Tech plug-in hybrid models, the Jogger Hybrid will still be able to spend 80 percent of city driving in full-electric mode, burning up to 40 percent less fuel.
The Dacia Jogger will be available to pre-order starting from November 2021, with the first deliveries scheduled for the first quarter of 2022. The model will make its official premiere in a few days at the IAA Mobility 2021 show in Munich.