Efficient, robust and built for outdoor activities: With the new manifesto concept study, Dacia is giving a glimpse into the evolution of its future model range. The off-road concept, essentially understated, underpins classic brand values such as economy, aims for the smallest possible ecological footprint and, as a test vehicle, features details of the upcoming model generation.
The Dacia MANIFESTO study combines the concept of a minimalist all-wheel drive vehicle with a wealth of ideas that make everyday life on the beaten track significantly easier. Economical and eco-friendly, the concept car enables direct interaction with nature and engaging with its users in their various outdoor activities. The unfiltered open-air experience is already guaranteed by a deliberately understated vehicle design, which does away with doors, windows and windscreens. Like a multi-tool, the tailgate also serves as a versatile work surface.
outdoor and yet connected
While visiting rural areas, the Manifesto concept keeps fellow travelers constantly connected. Thanks to Dacia’s simple, effective and cost-effective bring-your-own-device approach, the full integration of the smartphone within reach on the dashboard allows for connectivity with the on-board computer. The system is already available in several models of the brand and will be further expanded in the future. Along with YouClip, the MANIFESTO concept car also has a clever system for connecting a variety of modular accessories.
The Dacia MANIFESTO also leaves the beaten track when it comes to lighting: instead of the usual two headlights, it has a single lighting unit that can be removed and used as a powerful flashlight if needed.
Strong and suitable for outdoor activities
Dacia models traditionally incorporate robustness and reliability, which the Duster, Jogger and Sandero Stepway also visually emphasize. The MANIFESTO concept car further develops this idea and is even more frequently recommended as a partner for outdoor activities. The study has all the hallmarks of an off-road vehicle, including all-wheel drive, above-average ground clearance, oversized wheels and a body that can withstand even the most demanding terrain.
In addition, there is a waterproof interior: the entire vehicle interior can be easily cleaned with a water hose. Another useful detail for excursions outside of urban areas: The removable seat cover can be turned into a sleeping bag in a matter of seconds.
The Dacia MANIFESTO roof rack can lift a variety of loads because the bars can be moved to create different configurations. The Sandero Stepway and Jogger models already get the same modular roof rack as standard, which will also be available for the Duster in the future. Another useful extraneous detail: A removable battery that attaches to a home socket serves as a reliable source of energy for activities that are far from the power grid.
ECO-SMART: Eco-Friendly Recycling Materials
The Dacia MANIFESTO concept car is characterized by a minimal ecological footprint. Even the low vehicle weight contributes to the low energy requirement. The approach that Dacia has consistently followed with the new jogger: the huge all-rounder is about 300kg lighter than its competitors. Much of the MANIFESTO concept car is made from recycled plastics, made from post-consumer polymers. The speckled surface called Starkle® is distinctive.
Another innovative feature of Dacia MANIFESTO are airless tyres, which not only protect the environment but also save costs. One feature is excellent durability: the tires are puncture-proof and designed for the same service life as the vehicle.
The interior of the MANIFESTO concept car also uses natural materials, such as the cork covering of the dashboard. Like its latest production models, the Dacia also dispenses with intentionally chrome-plated decorative elements.
“At Dacia we like to be realistic. That’s why we not only develop new ideas in 3D simulations, but also want to learn how they actually look. The MANIFESTO concept car is much more than a design object, it’s our The vision also incorporates and combines a wide range of innovations. Some of these are extreme, but still economical for customers. We will be using some of them in future Dacia models,” said David, Director of Dacia Design Durand says.
Dacia Product Performance Director Lionel Gellet says: “We want to create a product range that reinforces our brand promise by focusing on designing and designing our vehicles essential for outdoor activities. In addition to our models, we are working on innovative equipment details that are even better suited to the needs and lifestyles of our customers. Manifesto Concept Car is a ‘lab’ in which we try and try out new ideas. The current version will continue to be developed. So one should not miss the upcoming models: they are getting smarter, more and more dacia for outdoor activities.”