The brand new Dacia Bigster will transfer the famously budget-friendly model into the massive SUV market, including one other hybrid providing to the agency’s vary

27 Dec 2021

Dacia will launch a brand new flagship mannequin subsequent yr. It’ll be referred to as the Bigster, and it’ll catapult the model into the profitable giant SUV market, providing consumers a extra inexpensive various to the likes of the Land Rover Discovery Sport and Volkswagen Tiguan.

Given this competitors, the Bigster shall be a crucially necessary automotive for the model. Dacia says the SUV has been tasked with bringing “a contact of coolness” to the marque’s picture, thanks partly to its robust new design language and minimalist badging. It’s additionally one in all three new fashions Dacia will deliver to market by 2025.

Dacia dad or mum firm Renault is planning an assault on the household hatchback and mid-size SUV segments, and the brand new Bigster will play a pivotal function. It’ll sit alongside vehicles just like the Renault Clio and the Kadjar-replacing Renault Austral.

However, to ensure the Romanian model doesn’t transfer too far upmarket, the corporate has deployed a brand new platform technique. Each Dacia, together with the upcoming Bigster, is now set to be based mostly on the identical CMF-B underpinnings because the Sandero hatchback.

The platform will grow to be a one-size-fits-all resolution for Dacia, with the model stretching the underpinnings to their limits by way of measurement for the Bigster and enabling the corporate to enter bigger car segments at a still-affordable value.

New 2022 Dacia Bigster: platform and powertrains

Dacia previewed an idea for the Bigster in early 2021, and our unique photographs present how the completed automotive may look when it makes its debut early subsequent yr. The agency has already confirmed that the SUV will measure 4.6 metres lengthy, which is roughly the identical measurement because the  Land Rover Discovery Sport and bigger than in style sellers just like the Volkswagen Tiguan.

The model has additionally promised a spacious inside, however whether or not or not the corporate will provide a seven-seat variant of the SUV stays unknown. Nonetheless, the model will definitely cater to consumers hankering for more room with its different two deliberate choices, which incorporates the impressively low-cost seven-seat Dacia Jogger MPV.

The CMF-B platform opens up a variety of powertrains – together with hybrid energy. Hybrid drive has lengthy been excluded from Dacia’s ranks for its excessive price-point, however the Bigster and the brand new Jogger MPV will lead the cost for the know-how inside the model.

Given the SUV’s measurement and weight, we’re not anticipating to see the naturally aspirated 64bhp 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine from the very least expensive model of the Sandero. The engine merely wouldn’t have sufficient grunt to make the bigger Bigster transfer at something apart from tectonic speeds.

As a substitute, the line-up will probably begin with the turbocharged 89bhp model of the identical engine. Extra highly effective engines may be sourced from the likes of the Captur, with Dacia doubtlessly poaching its 128bhp 1.3-litre four-cylinder TCe 130 petrol unit.

Dacia has additionally hinted that the Bigster shall be accessible with a BiFuel petrol/LPG drivetrain as discovered within the smaller Sandero. Hybrid drive shall be one other focus for the automotive, with consumers probably being supplied the 138bhp 1.6-litre four-cylinder hybrid drivetrain within the Clio E-Tech. The identical system has already been earmarked to be used within the Jogger MPV in 2023.

Renault has additionally confirmed {that a} new hybrid drivetrain designed with SUVs in thoughts is in improvement for 2022. This technique makes use of a 1.2-litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine, and may develop as much as 200bhp.

New 2022 Dacia Bigster: value and positioning

Regardless of the scale enhance and the flamboyant hybrid know-how, Dacia gained’t lose sight of its budget-conscious picture with the Bigster. The corporate has already hinted that costs will fall into line with automobiles from the section under – assume extra T-Roc than Tiguan.

With that temporary set out, we’re anticipating a beginning value of round £20,000. That will undercut the ever-popular Tiguan by round £5,000 and trim nearly £2,000 off the price of the extra economically priced Skoda Karoq.

Now click on right here to examine Dacia’s most up-to-date new automotive, the seven-seat, £14,995 Jogger MPV…