The days of packing light for your family road-trip could also be a thing of the past with this new Dacia Jogger - because there’s a massive 842 litres of boot space up for grabs!
To put that into perspective, it gives the upmarket Range Rover’s 900 litres of luggage space a run for its money.
And, unlike the Range Rover, the Jogger should prove exceptionally affordable to lease for those on a budget.
The Jogger is an important car for Dacia for a number of reasons. First and foremost, it’s the no-nonsense brand’s first ever seven-seater - while a five-seat version is also available.
The other important thing to note is that the Jogger will also be available as a hybrid model from 2023 onwards, which is again a first for Dacia.
Speaking about the trailblazing vehicle, Dacia’s Denis Le Vot said:
“Dacia is reinventing the 7-seater family vehicle with the All-New Dacia Jogger. This latest versatile addition embodies the brand’s outdoor spirit, always ready for adventure. It exemplifies Dacia's commitment to make mobility accessible to all, and that includes large families. The Dacia Jogger will also be Dacia’s first hybrid, because mobility, be it in or out of town, must be available for everyone.”
For a car to really embrace that spirit of adventure, it needs to have bundles of useable space, so that you can chuck tents, rucksacks, sleeping bags and freezer boxes in the back of it without having to worry about items ending up on passengers’ knees.
And this is where the Jogger should also excel. In the five door variant you get a cavernous 842 litres of boot space with the rear seats in place. The seven-seater compromises with 213 litres with the third row of seats in situ, but that increases to 712 litres with the rear-most row folded. That should be more than enough to swallow your camping-related detritus.
Style-wise, the Jogger is a pleasing mix of estate car and SUV, and it’s the longest car in the Dacia range. You get a wide front grille flanked by Dacia’s signature Y-shaped LED daytime running lights and a low load sill at the rear to give you access to your precious cargo.
You can also opt for clever modular roof rails, which transform in just a few steps to accept anything from skis to mountain bikes.
There’s no infotainment screen on base models - instead the Media Control system simply piggy-backs on your phone instead. You put your phone into a docking station, click on the Dacia Media Control app, and you get a ‘natural extension of the dashboard’, complete with sat nav, radio, music, and telephone, that can be controlled via the steering wheel-mounted buttons.
Models further up the pecking order get a typical 8-inch touchscreen with all the usual phone connectivity.
As we’ve come to expect from Dacias, the Jogger comes with a suite of driver assistance systems that put safety as a top priority. Jogger lease customers will be able to enjoy Emergency Brake Assist, Blind Spot Warning, Park Assist with four front and four rear sensors as well as a rear-view camera and Hill Start Assist. Meanwhile Electronic Stability Control and a speed limiter are standard across the range.
When it comes to engines, launch models will feature an all-new ‘TCe 110’ 1.0-litre, three-cylinder, turbocharged petrol engine with power of 110hp and 200Nm of torque at 2,900rpm.
There’s also a ‘TCe100’ Bi-Fuel engine which runs on petrol and LPG. That not only reduces CO2 emissions it also means you’ll get around 37 miles to the gallon.
And then there’s the Dacia Jogger Hybrid - which will arrive at a later date.
Dacia tells us it will feature a 1.6-litre petrol engine, two electric motors, and a multi-mode automatic transmission, combined with a 1.2kWh 230V battery.
A spokesperson adds:
“The Dacia Jogger Hybrid will be able to spend 80 percent of its time on city roads in full-electric mode thereby saving up to 40 percent on fuel compared to an equivalent petrol-only model – all without changing the way one drives.”
The Dacia Jogger will be available to pre-order in November 2021 with first deliveries expected in the first quarter of 2022.
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