The Dacia Jogger is currently the most affordable brand-new seven-seat vehicle on the European market and it has already received positive reactions from media representatives and customers. The main disadvantage of the model has always been the lack of a four-cylinder engine in the range and Dacia has finally answered the criticism by announcing a new hybrid four-banger.
In fact, the Romanian automaker promised it will add a more powerful engine to the Jogger’s lineup when the vehicle was originally launched about a year ago. Dacia will unveil the Jogger Hybrid 140 during the 2022 Paris Motor Show and, as its name implies, the mill will have a peak output of 140 horsepower (104 kilowatts). This is a healthy increase over the previous most powerful unit, the 1.0-liter three-cylinder gas engine with 110 hp (81 kW).
Gallery: 2021 Dacia Jogger
Dacia doesn’t go into details about the exact specifications of the new hybrid engine, though we suspect the Jogger Hybrid 140 will get the Renault Clio’s 1.6-liter electrified powertrain. In the small French hatchback, the combustion engine is supported by an electric motor and an integrated starter-generator for a peak power of 140 hp (104 kW). The powertrain is mated to a CVT gearbox, sending power to the front wheels.
If that’s indeed the setup the Jogger will receive, it would turn the seven-seater into one of the most advanced models Dacia currently has on sale. The Jogger is also the longest and most spacious vehicle in the company’s range with a length of 4,55 meters (179 inches) and a cargo volume of 708 liters (25 cubic feet) in a five-seat configuration. If you fold down the second row of seats, you’ll get an impressive 1,819-liter (64.23-cu ft) load area to use.
Dacia will reveal all the tech details of its first-ever production hybrid next week during the 2022 Paris Motor Show. The order books for the electrified wagon-SUV-MPV mashup will open early next year with the start of sales planned for the spring of 2023. The first deliveries shouldn’t come before the summer of next year.