The Renault Group will launch a new Dacia SUV model next year.
The model will be bigger than the current Duster and have a seven-seat option.
It will borrow elements from the Lodgy model which is being phased out.
It will have the same engine as the Duster.
The Lodgy has been less popular than the Duster, due to a less attractive design which resulted in modest sales figures.
French publication L’Argus reported the new automobile that it will be 4.5 meters long and have bodywork “similar to a SUV” and a “more adventurous design” than the Lodgy.
It will have a diesel, petrol and mild hybrid option.
Renault sold only 6,627 Lodgy models in France in 2019, compared to almost 50,000 Dusters.
The new automobile, currently only known under its code name RJI, will be launched in the Spring of 2021 at the same time when Dacia prepares to unveil its first all-electric car.
Meanwhile, the new Sandero and Logan will migrate to the low-spec CMF-B platform, used for the lower cost (Acces) range.