The All-New Jogger, which is essentially a spiritual successor to the Renault Lodgy, has been presented by Renault’s European sub-brand Dacia. As Dacia continues to revamp and develop its value-added vehicles, it is going to be the cheapest 7-section family car on sale in a few of the regions. In some international areas, the vehicle will be marketed as a Renault.
The Jogger is based on the CMF-B chassis, which also supports the Sandero hatchback, and draws some stylistic ideas from the Bigster three-row SUV concept. The wheelbase was however extended to the other rear seats, by 300 mm.
The Jogger, which combines “estate car practicality, MPV spaciousness, and SUV design,” has 200mm of ground clearance and is Dacia’s largest model, at 4,547mm in length, which is even larger than the Lodgy, which was 4,498mm long. The Jogger has a crossover appearance despite being an MPV, with modular roof bars, scuff plates, and body cladding all around.
With exception of the roughness, the Sandero and the Jogger from the B-pillar forward are the same. Dacia, on the other hand, has designed a 40mm step-up from the B-pillar rearward to increase height and breadth to the rear cabin, providing for more passenger room.
The Jogger’s interior is virtually identical to the Sandero’s, with the exception of the floating touchscreen infotainment system, climate control knobs, steering wheel, and instrument cluster. For the multimedia interface, Dacia offers three options: Media Control, which includes a smartphone cradle and docking station; Media Display, which includes four speakers and an 8.0-inch touchscreen; and Media Nav, which includes wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, satellite navigation, and six speakers.
The Jogger features three rows of adjustable seats, the center row of which may be rolled forward and divided 60:40. None of the seats folds flat into the floor or glides back and forth, according to Dacia, because these engineering changes increase the cost and take up more space. With the last row in place, the boot space is 160 litres (good for a modest shopping trip), but it rises to 708 litres when the rearmost seats are completely removed.
The Jogger comes with three engines using a modular platform taken from Renault, the parent company. The first is a 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo petrol engine that produces 108 horsepower and up to 90% of its maximum torque of 200Nm at 1,700 rpm. The majority of Jogger sales are expected to come in this form.
There will also be a 99hp LPG Jogger, which utilizes the same bi-fuel engine on the Sandero motor. There are no 0-100kph timings or fuel-efficiency data available yet. The 2023 hybrid combines a 1.6-liter gasoline engine, two electric motors (one an e-motor, the other a beefed-up alternator), a multi-mode automatic transmission, and a 1.2kWh battery to allow for electric-only operation over short distances.
Renault recently upgraded the Kwid hatchback in India to include twin airbags as standard throughout the range, as well as a significant variation rejig for the Triber MPV. The Kiger small SUV has also been attracting a lot of attention at Renault dealerships, with good sales figures.