New Dacia Bigster: all-new flagship SUV previewed

The Bigster SUV will be the first to get the brand’s new logo and will be the largest Dacia to date

2022 Dacia Bigster
  • Bigster will sit above Duster SUV in Dacia range
  • Will provide buyers with a very affordable option in the large SUV market
  • First model to get new branding and badge

The new Dacia Bigster SUV will be unveiled next year as the brand expands into the large-SUV sector. The new SUV is one of three models slated to arrive by 2025, and will be the first to launch with Dacia’s new logo.

The Bigster SUV is part of a five-year strategy that promises greater efficiency for the design and production of Dacia’s cars. It has also seen the brand being incorporated into a new business structure as part of the Renault Group.

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Key to this new strategy is the new CMF-B platform, designed in partnership by Renault and Nissan. This platform already underpins the new Sandero and is set to be used in several future Dacia models. While the platform will have to be adapted to underpin the new Bigster SUV, its use means Dacia can build larger vehicles while still maintaining the low prices associated with the brand.

2022 Dacia Bigster SUV: design and interior

Dacia revealed the Bigster concept earlier this year and our images preview how the production model could look when it’s unveiled in 2022. The front of the car features a full-width grille that houses the latest version of Dacia’s Y-shaped signature headlight design. It also features adjoining LED lights in the grille, as part of the front lightbar. Below this, a squared-off front bumper features a large central grille, a pair of vertical air intakes and contrasting silver trim surround.

From the side, the Bigster shares several design cues with the smaller Duster SUV, such as the angular wheel arches that house large 10-spoke alloy wheels. Squared roof bars similar to those seen on the Duster and Sandero Stepway also feature. The entire lower part of the car features black-plastic body cladding.

At the rear, a pair of Y-shaped tail lights feature, alongside a tailgate design featuring a large ‘Dacia’ logo with a chunky silver contrasting insert in the upper half of the bumper.

The interior of the Bigster promises plenty of space and practicality, but it's not yet known whether Dacia plans to offer a seven-seat model. While there are no details of the new car’s interior, we’d expect it to follow the design seen in the new Sandero, with a floating central infotainment screen, along with plenty of useful storage cubby holes.

Dimensions, pricing and rivals

At 4.6 metres in length, the Bigster will be the largest Dacia model yet. Despite its size, Dacia has said the new car will still represent good value for money, with a price tag closer to that of smaller SUVs: “the Bigster is the Dacia way of making the C-segment accessible, delivering a larger, more capable vehicle at the cost buyers would expect from the segment below.”

When it arrives, the Bigster will sit above the Duster in the firm’s range. Even though it will be a flagship model, it will be priced closely to smaller SUVs like the Volkswagen T-Roc and Skoda Karoq starting at around £20,000, while also being an indirect competitor to bigger SUVs like the Skoda Kodiaq.

Engines

The CMF-B platform that underpins the Bigster means Dacia could potentially offer buyers a wide range of powertrain options. The range is likely to kick off with the turbocharged TCe 90 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine. Larger engines could also be borrowed from the Captur, with the 1.3-litre four-cylinder TCe 130 petrol a likely option.

It’s also been hinted that Bigster could be available with the TCe 100 BiFuel petrol/LPG engine from the Sandero. Hybrid powertrains could also be introduced to the Bigster line-up, with the most likely option being the 1.6-litre four-cylinder E-Tech petrol hybrid taken from the Renault Clio and Arkana models.

What does it mean for car buyers?

While the Bigster won’t arrive in showrooms for a few years, its dimensions place it in between a number of popular family SUVs such as the Skoda Karoq and Kodiaq. If Dacia can price the production model correctly, and we fully expect them to do so, then the Bigster could hold a lot of appeal for buyers looking for a more affordable large SUV.

To find out about a smaller car in the current Dacia range, read our review of the new Sandero or Sandero Stepway.

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