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Dacia has unveiled its new Jogger as an entry into the budget-friendly firm’s range of cars.

Expanding Dacia’s line-up of vehicles to four, the Jogger is likely to become the UK’s cheapest seven-seater car. It combines the looks of an estate, MPV and SUV with a raised driving position and an impressively spacious interior which looks to provide the best of each of those bodystyles.

It’ll be launched initially with two engines. The first is a conventional turbocharged petrol unit with 109bhp, while the second is Dacia’s bi-fuel unit which can run on either petrol or LPG.

However, this pair will be added to in 2023 when the Jogger becomes the first Dacia model to use a hybrid engine. Combining a 1.6-litre petrol engine with two electric motors and a 1.2kW battery capable of starting the vehicle in electric mode, it’ll allow for 80 per cent of city driving to be completed using battery power alone, reducing fuel use by up to 40 per cent.

Dacia says that the Jogger is capable of providing comfortable seating for seven adults, while the split-folding seats have up to 60 configurations. With all rows of seats in place, there are 213 litres of storage space, rising to 712 litres with the rear seats down. Fold all rows flat and there are 1,819 litres to play with.

Entry-level cars receive a docking system that allows the driver’s smartphone to be used as an infotainment system, while higher-up versions boast an eight-inch touchscreen with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Finally, top-spec Jogger models add wireless CarPlay and Auto integration alongside in-car navigation and an uprated sound system.

The new Jogger looks set to go on sale in November ahead of first deliveries commencing in the first quarter of 2022.

Ted Welford

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September 3, 2021