Dacia Bigster three-row SUV – Everything we know in Oct 2021

After dominating the low-cost compact SUV segment for a decade with the Duster, Dacia plans to introduce an affordable SUV for big families. Called the Renault Bigster (codename: Dacia R1310), it will be the brand’s entrant in Europe’s popular family SUV segment, but with three rows of seats. Expect it to be a budget alternative and set the cat among the pigeons for the likes of VW Tiguan Allspace, Skoda Kodiaq, and Nissan X-Trail.

Dacia showcased the Bigster as a concept car in January 2021 during the Renaulution strategy announcement. The interior, engines, and platform of the next flagship SUV would be only slightly different from the Mk III Dacia Duster that is set to arrive in 2024. The Bigster would be its second three-row vehicle after the Dacia Jogger.

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Exterior

Dacia said in January that the Bigster SUV measures 4.6 m long, which places it in the segment of the world’s best-selling SUVs. However, given the Dacia heritage of adhering to a strict cost sheet, the production model would be ‘accessible, at the cost of a vehicle from the segment below,’ the company mentioned at the Renaulution event in January 2021.

According to Worldscoop member De_passage, who seems to have knowledge of future models, the Bigster will be sufficiently bigger than the all-new Duster. In a post on the forum, De_passage says that the three-row model will be 215 mm longer. Moreover, it will have a 45 mm shorter wheelbase. While the front overhang will measure the same as that of the next-gen Duster, the rear overhang will likely be visibly longer. The width and height might not differ as much as the length.

Interior

Dacia promises a ‘very spacious’ interior in the Bigster with generous outside dimensions for a bigger road presence. The brand will focus on the ‘genuine-ness’ of the design: There are no chrome or imitation-aluminium trims, and raw recycled plastics are applied to the exterior protective panels.

Specifications

The Bigster could come with an ‘HR18’ 1.8-litre petrol engine running on the Atkinson cycle for low fuel consumption. The upcoming Euro 7 norms will likely make electrification inevitable, at least in this model’s case. Dacia could offer this engine in self-charging and rechargeable/plug-in hybrid variants for reduced emissions. The plug-in hybrid variant could have an EV range of 30-35 miles on the WLTP cycle. Even the basic configurations could feature mild-hybrid tech.

Price & Release Date

The Dacia Bigster will likely go on sale in 2025 and cost EUR 15,000-17,000 onwards.

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