Expected for 2023, but may not have to wait that long, Dacia will have to take advantage of the Paris Motor Show from 17 to 23 October 2022 to unveil the long-awaited wireless hybrid variant of its brand new Jogger. In any case, this is what the Romanian newspaper Profit reports. Which makes sense because, when you think about it, marketing was planned for next year and it would be a shame if the Romanian firm came empty-handed to the next World Cup. However, the news is not too busy at Dacia And this is understandable: the Spring, like the crossover, has just started its career, the Sandero is still very young and the Duster SUV was redesigned last year. In short, the only innovation we are still waiting for is this hybrid engine that will bring under the hood the new generation of the “low cost” manufacturer that is no longer real.
What hybrid technology for the Dacia Jogger?
This is the question that arises in this regard. It should receive the same engine-transmission assembly as its cousins from Renault (Clio, Captur and Arkana), but with the same slight evolution. Because it is The engine will consist, for the thermal part, of an evolution to 1.8 of its naturally aspirated block of 1.6 liters, but this time equipped with an Atkinson combustion cycle to improve its performance and therefore its balance of consumption without losing perfectly. Therefore, the brand new Australian hybrid unit (Kadjar replacement) will not share the benefits of an unprecedented 1.2-liter 1.2-liter petrol engine mated to an electric motor and a 1.7 kWh lithium-ion battery. Because 200 horsepower (that pays off in total), it would be too much – and too expensive – under the hood of a Dacia which is, in fact, quite reasonable. For the Jogger, power should remain around 140-145 hp and the original clutchless and automatic clutch will be there. If the Romanian brand manages to keep the price of the Hybrid Jogger around € 20,000 as we were told at the end of 2021, it would be a great return when we know for example that a Clio E-Tech starts at just over € 22,000 and would be essentially the almost guarantee of a great success.
Encouraging start for Dacia Jogger and customers’ appetite for the LPG version
Especially since, at the moment, it is the GPL version that seems to be attracting buyers in priority. A little, for sure, but it wins the battle against the new 110bhp 3-cylinder 1.0 petrol engine with more than one in two sales. Neither of the two aforementioned engines offers such a gearbox.
Jogger’s first results are encouraging. While deliveries started only in February, it is already in 43rd place among the best-selling models from the beginning of the year (from January to April) and surpasses, for example, the aged Kadjar. In total, “registrations of this model in Europe reached 5,210 units at the end of March,” the Romanian magazine tells us. But above all, “order receipt is 3 to 4 times longer” and “delivery time can be up to 3 months”.