New 7-seat Dacia cross-wagon to debut in September, expected in hybrid

Groupe Renault is testing the untitled Dacia cross-wagon in Romania, spy pictures AutoExpert published revealed earlier this year. The 7-seat model would serve as a single replacement for the Dacia Logan MCV (incl. Stepway variant) and Dacia Lodgy, the two oldest models in the Romanian car company’s portfolio.

Dacia has announced that it will unveil an all-new 7-seater family car on 3 September 2021. In all likeliness, this would be the cross-wagon in the spy picture above. The company has revealed that it plans to attend IAA 2021 (2021 Munich Motor Show), which will take place from 6-12 September 2021. The company will showcase the new model at the German motorshow.

Dacia IAA 2021
Dacia’s display models at IAA 2021 (2021 Munich Motor Show), which will open on 6 September 2021 and run through 12 September 2021, will include the new Dacia cross-wagon. Image Source: Dacia

Though not visible in this particular picture, previous sightings indicate similarities to the new Dacia Sandero Stepway, including a sloped windscreen, slim headlights, and a chrome grille bar. The 7-seat Dacia cross-wagon has a unique appearance behind the B-pillars, with a large third glass panel, an upright tail section, and Volvo-style vertical combination lamps.

Renault Group will not renew the Dacia Logan MCV or MCV Stepway as individual models after the Sandero & Logan. first reported a 7-seat Dacia crossover as their combined replacement in October last year.

The Renault Triber’s success in emerging markets is a test of Groupe Renault’s capability in designing an SUV-inspired budget people mover. The new 7-seat Dacia crossover wagon would be bigger than a typical Dacia Sandero Stepway-derived wagon but smaller than the Lodgy. It would ride on the same platform as the new Dacia Sandero Stepway – CMF-B.

Electrification is an underlying trend, and sooner or later, all carmakers in Europe have to adopt electrified engines to meet even tougher regulations. Dacia has kept prices at about 20 per cent lower than the rest of the market, and while Dacia car prices would go up due to the costs related to achieving CO2 compliance, the delta would be maintained.

At some point in its lifecycle, the 7-seat Dacia crossover wagon is likely to get Renault Group’s E-Tech hybrid powertrains optionally. E-Tech powertrains include a full hybrid system for Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEVs) and a rechargeable full hybrid system for Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs).

The unnamed Dacia crossover wagon could arrive in showrooms as early as the end of 2021. Groupe Renault could price it from around EUR 16,000.