These two 7-seater SUVs will form a powerful duo due to their complementarity within the Renault group in a few months. What will separate them?
Dacia Bigster vs Renault Espace – Unable to accommodate Peugeot 5008, Nissan X-Trail and Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace type 7-seat SUV, at present, The Renault group is currently working hard behind the scenes to invest in this family segment.
On the one hand, Renault Austral will offer a frontal response to the general SUVs mentioned above, via a variant that is extended by about twenty centimeters and potentially called Espacewhose launch is likely to take place during 2023. On the other hand, let Dacia answer all these beautiful people with a cheaper proposal, not to say low cost, with Bigster which in 2025 will apply as an extrapolation of the Duster 3 expected the year before. Two diametrically opposed visions of the category, which, despite their apparent complementarity, could lead a hard life internally.
The future Renault Espace, if this surname is retained, will promote first class modularity, its little brother Austral is already a good student in the 5-seat compact SUV segment, where the latter generally uses a simple 2/3-1/3 split bench seat. It opposes them with a sliding seat, divided into two parts, which only the Citroën C5 Aircross outclasses, the Chevrons decorate their SUV with three independent places. A necessity! We’re betting it will be the interior architecture retained by the future Espace to hope to trouble its biggest rival, the Peugeot 5008.
For its part, the Dacia Bigster is not sure to offer that many. The entry-level one that will only be delivered in 5 locations could ignore another range of mobile no matter what happens to save its prices. On the other hand, regarding the third row, it’s hard to see how it could manage without folding seats under the floor. Dacia, which requires Jogger owners to store the two (very heavy) seats stowed in the boot to utilize its full volume, shouldn’t subject future buyers of the Bigster to such a gym session. But overall, its level of modularity is likely to come only close to the Espace.
In terms of equipment, the Renault Espace 2023 will once again outperform its cousin from Romania. inherit the cockpit of the Australhe will benefit from one advanced multimedia system, as evidenced by the duo of inverted L-shaped screens displaying a 4K resolution, and integrate a highly efficient software environment developed by Google that can be constantly updated. Without forgetting all the comfort that a Renault can take advantage of (electric, massaging, ventilated seats) or even the level of finish, which has been very nice lately. But At what price?
It will be different for Dacia Bigster, which could do without a central touch screen, at entry level, preferring to delegate the infotainment mission to its owner’s smartphone, for which a choice will however be reserved, on the dashboard. Once again, Dacia only retains essential equipmentprobably ignoring the electric adjustment of the seats or even the motorization of the tailgate, among many other comfort elements available (at a high price) on the future Espace. However, its interior should be full of practical aspectsas promised by Dacia Manifesto concept car unveiled at the Mondial de Paris.
Finally, both will take different paths under the hood. Space, sixth in name, is likely to be trusted differently hybridized Austral blocksthrough electrified thermal blocks at 12 or 48 V at entry level, while200 hp classic hybridization, allowing a few kilometers of 100% electric driving, will be included. A hierarchy at the top of which will come to enthrone a 280 hp rechargeable variantaccording to some rumours.
None of this to enliven the Dacia Bigster, unless it inherits the Austral’s entry-level 12V hybrid engine. This is very likely given the restrictions on CO2 emissions put in place by the EU. More likely, Bigster, which will be based on a platform closely derived from Clio, Captur and Arkanawill adopt theirs classic hybrid block of 145 hp which will soon take place aboard the Dacia Jogger. In the end, he too could succumb to her charms rechargeable version, rated at 160 hp. But nothing is less certain.
Our two companions will therefore not develop in the same register. Moreover, The Bigster should not prove to be as spacious as the Space, the Romanian limits its total length to 4.60 m, when the representative of the Diamond should benefit from another ten centimeters in favor of habitability. A disadvantage is that the Dacia SUV will not compensate for a logically lower total mass and thus ensure lower consumption levels. But above all, it will shine on its own unbeatable prices, via an entry ticket which we can hope to hover around €25,000, 5 locations. Opposite, the future Espace should not fall below the €35,000 mark. Ultimately, the good news is that the Renault group will offer a family SUV solution for all budgets in the coming months.
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