Groupe Renault is testing the untitled Dacia cross-wagon in Romania, spy pictures published by AutoExpert reveal. 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.
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.
Groupe Renault will not renew the Dacia Logan MCV or MCV Stepway as individual models after the Sandero & Logan. A 7-seat Dacia crossover as their combined replacement was first reported by auto-moto.com in October last year.
The Renault Triber’s success in India 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 be underpinned by 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 in achieving CO2 compliance, the delta would be maintained.
At some point in its lifecycle, the 7-seat Dacia crossover wagon is expected to get Groupe Renault’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 is expected to arrive at the end of 2021 at the earliest. Groupe Renault could price it from around EUR 16,000. 2021 Munich Motor Show (IAA 2021)* could be where the general public sees it the first time.
*6-12 September 2021