NICE, France -- The new Dacia Jogger compact crossover is expected to fill some big shoes at Renault Group's low-cost Romanian brand: It will replace three models in Dacia's lineup, and it represents an important entry into one of Europe's most profitable and fastest-growing segments.
The Jogger's key selling points, however, are that it can seat seven people -- a feature available almost exclusively in larger SUVs and minivans -- and do so at an "unbeatable" price, Dacia says.
Orders open in March for the Jogger, which starts at 14,990 euros for the five-seat version, and 15,750 euros for the seven-seat version. Prices top out at 19,650 euros for the SL Extreme+ version with gasoline engine.
The brand has revamped its lineup in the past two years, introducing a new generation of the Sandero small car based on a modern Renault-Nissan Alliance architecture, and ending sales of the Logan MCV station wagon and Lodgy minivan. The Dokker compact passenger van moved to Renault brand as the Express commercial van.
Dacia does not call the Jogger a crossover or SUV but rather a "family car with an off-road feel," saying it combines the best attributes of a station wagon, minivan and SUV.