A lovechild of Renault Triber and Duster?
When you think about it, the name ‘Jogger’ makes perfect sense for this vehicle. Because jogging is neither walking nor running, and so is the Dacia Jogger. It is neither an MPV nor an SUV; it wants to be both at the same time, because you know, these days everything needs to look like an SUV.
And so, what exactly is it then? Well, I guess you could simply call it an MPV with an SUV face. It looks like a lovechild of a Renault Triber and Duster, and I’m not gonna lie, I rather like it. Built on the CMF-B platform that also underpins the 3rd gen Logan and Sandero, the Jogger measures 4,547 mm long, 1,784 mm wide (without mirrors), 1,632 mm tall, with a wheelbase of 2,897 mm. The example featured in the photos here rides on 16-inch gloss black alloy wheels. My personal favorite exterior features are those modular roof rails that can transform into a roof rack with a carrying capacity of up to 80 kg (176 lbs).
And of course, the Jogger comes in both 5- and 7-seater configurations, and as the pictures suggest, the third row can be completely taken off if so needed. Dacia claims a luggage capacity of up to 1,819 litres when the 2nd row is folded down and the 3rd row removed. Each row has its own roof light.
Other features include an 8-inch touchscreen, Android Auto & Apple CarPlay connectivity, a 3.5-inch MID, a 6-speaker audio system, two USB ports, up to three 12-volt sockets, and up to 24 litres of in-cabin storage space. Optional extras include heated front seats, automatic air conditioning with digital display, a hands-free key card with remote boot unlocking, automatic wipers, electric parking brake, rear-view camera, blind spot warning, and front/rear parking assistance.
Moving on to the juicy bits of the story, the Jogger will be available with a 1.0L 3-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine with 81 kW (110 metric hp) and 200 Nm (147.5 lb-ft) of max torque. A 6-speed manual gearbox drives the front wheels. A petrol-LPG variant will also be available.
Dacia is planning to launch the Jogger Hybrid as well, sometime in 2023. It combines a 1.6L petrol engine and two electric motors (one for traction and the other as a starter-generator). This will come with an automatic transmission.