LARGE families on a tight budget are being promised a vehicle to meet their needs by increasingly popular car maker Dacia.
The Romanian marque, with a reputation for creating low-priced machines, has unveiled a new seven-seater called the Jogger, which it says embodies the firm’s outdoor spirit.
But it is not like the usual, boring MPV, as it has a blend of rugged SUV and estate car styling, as well as offering the option of a bi-fuel petrol/LPG engine.
This 100hp powertrain gives it an amazing combined range of 621 miles and average fuel economy of 37.1mpg. An all-new 110hp 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo petrol unit with six-speed, manual gearbox is also available at launch.
And there’s the prospect of a petrol/hybrid powerplant adding to its attraction in 2023, featuring a 1.6-litre engine, two electric motors and a multi-mode automatic gearbox.
Dacia says that will allow motorists to drive purely on electricity for 80 per cent of the time on city roads, with a fuel-saving of up to 40 per cent against the petrol-only model.
There will be three infotainment systems – the lowest based around integrating the owner’s smartphone and rising up to an eight-inch touchscreen with wi-fi connectivity and upgraded audio system.
Standard safety aids include auto emergency braking, blind spot warning, parking sensors and a reversing camera. At 4.5 metres long, it has a boot capacity ranging from 213 litres with seven on board, rising to 1819 litres with the rear two seat rows folded.
UK prices and specifications will be announced later in the year and it will be available to pre-order in November, with first deliveries expected early in 2022.
Dacia boss Denis Le Vot said: “Dacia is reinventing the seven-seater family vehicle with Jogger. It exemplifies Dacia’s commitment to make mobility accessible to all, and that includes large families.”