For the Romanian car company owned by Renault Group, this is a milestone event: in its more than half a century of history, it has not produced hybrid cars (although there are already electric cars in the model line).
As you might guess from the name, the power plant is borrowed from other budget E-Tech hybrids for the European market – Renault Arkana, Captur and Clio.
It is based on a 1.6-liter “aspirated” developing 90 forces, in conjunction with which a three-shaft four-band “automatic” works.
Two electric motors are integrated into the transmission housing – a traction motor with a power of 37 kW (50 hp; hence the model index) and a high-voltage starter-generator, which is needed for the start-stop system and for synchronizing the speed of rotation of the crankshaft and the “main” electric motor (synchronizers and there is no clutch in such a transmission). The traction motor also has two “gears” to keep the rotor from spinning too fast.
Under the floor of the luggage compartment is a 230-volt battery with a capacity of 1.2 kWh. A small capacity is compensated by the recovery mode, which allows the station wagon to move on electric traction up to 80% of the time (the ICE is not used when starting off). It is stated that the electric “appendage” saves up to 40% of fuel compared to a conventional gasoline engine.
“Hybridization” did not affect either the useful volume of the trunk (565 l) or the spaciousness in the cabin, because the Jogger was originally developed taking into account the introduction of an electric motor and a traction battery. The traction battery is guaranteed for 8 years or 160,000 km (whichever comes first).
The declared range is about 900 km, but this is far from a record for the Jogger: the bi-fuel version of the TCe 100 Eco-G with a 50-liter gasoline tank and a 40-liter propane tank has a cruising range of 1,100 km. But this is the first two-pedal Jogger – other versions of the station wagon are available only with a 6-speed “mechanics”. As a bonus, there is an electronic parking brake.
The hybrid will be available only in a rich configuration, with a 7-inch digital “tidy” (it displays the remaining charge of the traction battery and power reserve) and a high central tunnel. Therefore, the price is significantly higher than that of the gasoline and bi-fuel versions – from 24.6 thousand euros. For comparison, the simplest gasoline-propane station wagon is available in Europe for 16.8 thousand euros, and the prices for the gasoline version of the TCe 110 (110 hp, 200 Nm) start at 17.2 thousand euros.
Orders for the hybrid Dacia Jogger will begin in January, with the first vehicles arriving at dealerships in March 2023.