Dacia, known as Renault’s budget brand, is working on a new flagship SUV called the Bigster concept. The car will be based on the CMF-B platform used by Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance. The car is planned for select international markets and Renault plans on launching this car under their badge where Dacia is not present. The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance seems to be boosting its presence in India in the SUV segment with the Magnite, Kicks and Kiger, the new SUV should help them improve further. 

Dacia Bigster design 

The Bigster concept seems to set a perfect example of the brand’s evolution. The concept catches the eye with its new Y shaped headlamps and tail lamp which look modern and cool. It is also likely that the second generation Duster will also get the new headlights. The company also claims that the Bigster SUV will be the first model to carry the new logo.

It will also feature some new design elements like muscular bumpers, flared wheel arches, heavy body cladding. It gets a flat roofline but functional roof rails. The ground clearance seems quite high, this gives the car a rugged look with simple design language. 

The Bigster based SUV will be placed above the Duster SUV in their portfolio. It will measure about 4.6m in length with 7 seats to offer. The brand claims that the concept car featured a protective exterior panel made from raw recycled plastics. 

Engine options 

Dacia has confirmed that the car will be equipped with petrol motors and it’ll get hybrid treatments for some international markets. It is expected to feature both a conventional hybrid system and a plug-in hybrid system with an all-wheel-drive system. The brand has confirmed that the SUV won’t get a diesel variant. But reports say that the brand might be planning on green energy alternatives like LPG and CNG for some markets.

Conclusion 

According to Dacia, the Bigster concept will be introduced to the market to make C-segment accessible for customers. The company has also planned to introduce the car with an aggressive pricing strategy to match the cost of vehicles from the segment. There are no reports of the SUV replacing Renault’s Lodgy MPV in select markets including India. If Renault plans on launching the car in India it will rival the Skoda Kodiaq, Volkswagen Tiguan, but the pricing might compete against the Skoda Karoq and Volkswagen Taigun. 

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