Dacia Manifesto electric buggy, the concept we weren’t expecting!

If it is difficult to imagine finding this very bare machine in large numbers on our roads, it would however delight many professionals and individuals who have reasons to travel off-road. Electric? Among others!

New identity

Beneath its big toy look, this concept car confirms Dacia’s new identity presentation. As on the Bigster unveiled at the beginning of last year, the new logo is placed in the center of a luminous line made up of geometric shapes. It is composed with the stylized letters D and C of the brand.

The buggy is however much shorter. Opposite the 4.60 m of the SUV concept, the V3 only stretches to 3.60 m. It is 13 cm shorter than a Dacia Spring. It is however wider than the current Duster: 1.85 against 1.80 m. Its height of 1.55 m is underlined by a high ground clearance, made possible in particular by enormous perforated perforated tires whose Michelin launched the idea in 2005 with the Tweel.

Very different, those of the buggy were designed specifically for him. Thanks to manually adjustable spring/shock absorber combinations, the ride height can be modified.

Convenient and…

By choosing a minimalist appearance, “ the manufacturer wants to highlight the essential, outdoor, ecological and economical aspect commented Maxime Fontanier. Probably involuntarily recalling the first prototypes of the Citroën 2 CV pre-WWII Dacia concept buggy seems to have only one headlight. Additional and composed of LEDs, it is removable in order to light up a bivouac, for example. On the vehicle, it complements the light line that forms a lip under the bonnet.

You may remember that, made of upholstered material stretched by rubber bands on a metal frame, the seats of the old seasoned little car could be extracted from the passenger compartment for the purposes of a picnic. Dacia went even further by using exclusive padded sleeping bags that would allow sleeping next to the vehicle.

And to complete the panoply of the perfect adventurer, an additional removable battery mounted at the rear can power electrical cooking appliances, for example. This Dacia Power Station has an energy capacity of 2.25 kWh. Electric scooters in 50 cm³ equivalent, credited with a range of 60-80 km, do not have as much.

… minimalist

Simplicity is omnipresent on Dacia’s two-seater V3 concept: no doors, no glazing, no unnecessary body parts. The latter was formed from recycled plastic. This minimalism serves in particular to lighten the vehicle. ” This is the Dacia spirit “, emphasizes Maxime Fontanier.

The luggage and equipment are to be fixed by means of tensioners on the roof or the sides of the vehicle. This is facilitated by the presence in these places of a multitude of small holes.

The imposing platform behind the seats was designed to serve as a workbench or picnic table. This could be appreciated by a professional having to intervene in isolated areas. For example a breeder or a forester. On board, plastic fasteners and straps are present in order to add various accessories such as cup holders or a glasses case, for example. It’s up to you to imagine how they could be useful to you.


Is the buggy prototype just presented by Dacia electric? ” This concept is supposed to support several types of motorization. It can be thermal, hybrid or 100% electric. It could technically receive the engine and the battery of approximately 27 kWh from a Dacia Spring », answers Maxime Fontanier. The control instruments also appear very suitable for a connected powertrain.

Materials, such as the mixture of cork and rubber from old tires that lines the dashboard and the top of the steering wheel, will have to withstand exposure to the sun and humidity. This composition has another practical use: to pin messages, just like in the office.

No touch screen, but a dock, with 2 USB sockets, to receive your smartphone. Like on the Citroën Ami quadricycleor la Volkswagen e-Up! et its derivatives, the latter can then serve you, at least, as a GPS and music source. Unlike that present in the German electric city car, the claw seems a bit light to maintain the device in off-road use on the Dacia concept.

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A bit of digital

Behind the steering wheel, a digital cube displays essential driving information, including current speed and direction of travel. In the electric version, it should also provide the level of energy in the battery. The selector which allows you to play with the classic modes P, R, N, D is placed in the usual way between the 2 seats. Its original shape could recall that of a desk punch.

Below this instrument, 3 buttons, one of which activates the hazard warning lights. Thus located, he finds himself much more easily than drowned in a dashboard in the middle of many systems that attract much more attention than him. As is unfortunately the case in many passenger cars today, electric or not.

The branches of the hoop support the 2 small touchpads which are used to place orders. Curiously, the horizontal patterns take up the Dacia logo, but inverted.

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