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New Dacia Bigster SUV: price, specs and release date

Dacia will launch a new mid-size SUV soon, aimed at models like the Ford Kuga, but with a much lower price

A new model will soon join the Dacia range, and it’s called the Dacia Bigster. It will become the budget brand’s first mid-size SUV, taking on hugely popular models such as the Ford Kuga, Nissan Qashqai and Skoda Karoq when it arrives next year.

The Bigster is not Dacia’s first SUV, though, as the Dacia Duster has been around for a long time now and proving very popular with UK car buyers. However, that car is smaller - a rival for the Nissan Juke rather than Qashqai, for example - and the Bigster will fill a gap in the brand’s range for a larger, more family-oriented model.

So far we’ve only seen a prototype version of the Dacia Bigster testing under heavy camouflage, and there’s been no official reveal yet. There was previously a concept car from January 2021 called the Bigster that gives us the best idea of how the production version will eventually look.

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We expect to hear more official details in the near future but for now, here’s everything we know about the Dacia Bigster so far…

Dacia Bigster price and release date

We expect the Dacia Bigster to launch in 2025, possibly with a reveal in late 2024 or early 2025. As for the price, last year Dacia CEO, Denis Le Vot, revealed to Auto Express that the Bigster will start from less than £20,000 – the same price as the smaller Duster. 

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He explained: “let’s say that you and your wife, you bought a crossover for £28,000 a while back. Then after five years you renewed, at £30,000. Then you renewed again, maybe at two years, at £37,000… From £28,000 to £37,000? Your salary doesn’t move that fast. And the next time it could be £41,000.”

Le Vot added, “and then you turn your head and see that Dacia is here with a 4.6-metre-long crossover, a full-sized C-segment crossover, with the right sort of features that you need. But at a Dacia price – from less than £20,000. And you say, ‘We’re going to take this.’”

How big is the Dacia Bigster?

The Bigster looks like a super-sized version of the latest Dacia Duster because the designs for both cars were heavily inspired by 2021’s Bigster concept, especially the squared-jawed look and blocky shape.

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The Dacia Bigster will probably measure in at around 4.6 metres long, which is about the same size as the Ford Kuga, the latest Volkswagen Tiguan and the Vauxhall Grandland. It will undercut all of those models on price, but offer nearly as much equipment - if Dacia’s other models are anything to go on.

We can see that the prototype spotted in testing has a set of slim LED headlights and Y-shaped tail-lights, just like the concept. However, the concept’s flared wheelarches and chiselled bonnet design appear to have been toned down for the road-going version.

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The Bigster’s size should help deliver the spacious interior we’ve been promised, and may allow it to accommodate seven seats, if Dacia decides to go after the Nissan X-Trial as well. The brand hasn’t confirmed the Bigster will be offered as a seven-seater, but hasn’t ruled it out either.

Dacia Bigster interior and technology

Expect the Bigster to use the Duster’s new 10.1-inch central touchscreen, seven-inch digital instrument panel and Dacia’s new ‘YouClip’ system: various handy accessories like cup-holders and lights can be attached to various mounts dotted around the cabin. 

Underneath, the Bigster will sit on the same CMF-B underpinnings Dacia has used for the Duster compact SUV, Sandero supermini and Jogger seven-seater. The Bigster will be the largest model Dacia has put on this platform, but doing so will help make the price more affordable compared to rivals.

We know the CMF-B platform can accommodate hybrid technology. The Duster, for instance, is available with a mild-hybrid TCe 130 setup that produces 128bhp, and can be equipped with two or four-wheel drive. Meanwhile, its Hybrid 140 system pairs a 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with two e-motors, and allows cars with the full-hybrid powertrain to drive up to 80 per cent of the time on pure-electric power when in the city.

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