New Dacia Bigster concept breaks cover

The rugged Bigster previews the firm’s largest model to date, which will be powered by both hybrid and alternative energy powertrains

  • Largest Dacia model yet
  • Bigster will sit above Duster SUV in Dacia range
  • Will provide buyers with a very affordable option in the large SUV market

This is the Dacia Bigster, an all-new SUV that will sit above the Duster in the firm’s range. It was revealed as part of today’s “Renaulation” press conference, and while it’s officially a concept, a final production version is one of three new Dacia models slated for production by 2025.

When the Bigster goes on sale, it will be a cut-price rival to medium SUV models including the Skoda Karoq and Volkswagen Tiguan, while also being an indirect competitor to bigger SUVs like the Skoda Kodiaq.

The new car is underpinned by the CMF-B platform, which is shared between Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi. While no engine details have been confirmed, Dacia has stated that it will feature both “hybrid'' and “alternative energy” engines. 

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.”

The front of the car features a full-width grille which houses the latest version of Dacia’s Y-shaped signature headlight. 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 with a pair of vertical air intakes. 

From the side, the Bigster shares several design cues with the smaller Duster SUV, such as the flared wheelarches that house large five-spoke alloy wheels. The entire lower part of the car features black-plastic body cladding. At the rear, a pair of Y-shaped tail lights features, alongside a clean tailgate design that features a large Dacia badge.

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 Sandero

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