The Concept Manifesto is a laboratory of ideas showing a vehicle in connection with nature, respectful of the environment, and presenting numerous innovations which, for some of them, will be found on future vehicles in the Dacia range.
Let’s be clear, the Manifesto concept does not announce a future model, it embodies the brand’s ambition to support its customers in their growing enthusiasm for activities Outdoor, while developing the values and qualities that make Dacia vehicles so successful. Thus, the manufacturer forcefully reaffirms its unique vision of an automobile “essential, cool, robust, affordable and ecologically efficient”.
With this Manifesto, Dacia redefines the essential to offer an ever simpler and more authentic experience. There is no filter between the passengers and the environment: no doors, no windows, no windscreen. You are immersed in nature. And to support outdoor activities, what could be better than a work surface that can deploy its multiple functions instead of the tailgate?
Passengers can be close to nature while keeping the connection with the services offered by their smartphone: simple, efficient and economical, the approach “Bring your Own Device” from Dacia makes it possible to fully integrate the smartphone into the dashboard and the on-board computer. A system already offered on several models of the brand and which will evolve further in the future. The Manifesto unveils another innovation that will be found on future models: YouClip, a fixing system that makes it very easy to fix a series of useful and modular accessories.
Finally, because at Dacia cool is never far from useful, the single front headlamp – why use two if only one is enough to provide good lighting? – is removable to turn into a powerful flashlight!
Dacias are recognized today for their sturdiness and reliability. The Duster, Jogger and Sandero Stepway also stand out for their ability to support customers in their activities. Outdoor (limited all the same). The Manifesto concept aims to bring these qualities to their climax, transforming the automobile into a true mediator between man and nature. The Manifesto concept respects the fundamentals of the Outdoor with a 4-wheel transmission, a very generous ground clearance associated with large wheels and a bodywork resistant to the most difficult terrain. The Manifesto is also intended to be “waterproof”: its interior can be washed with a simple jet of water, while the removable seat covering can be transformed into a sleeping bag in a few seconds.
The modular roof can carry all kinds of cargo thanks to deployable mounting bars in multiple configurations. An area where Dacia has already distinguished itself with the innovative modular roof bars of the Sandero Stepway or the Jogger and soon the Duster.
A dedicated, removable battery provides electricity through a household outlet, turning the Concept Manifesto into a power source to support activities Outdoor.
As you have understood, with this Concept, the Dacia brand offers the vision of a vehicle that reduces its environmental footprint to a minimum. Compact and light, it limits its energy consumption. A search for efficiency applied for a long time to the Dacia range, like the 7-seater Jogger, 300 kg lighter than its competitors. The main plastic parts of the Manifesto concept body contain a significant proportion of recycled materials. Called Starkle and made from reused polypropylene, this material is distinguished by its speckled finish. The interior is also furnished with natural elements, such as the cork covering the dashboard, and as in the latest Dacias, the decorative chrome has disappeared.
The non-pneumatic tire is also an innovative element of the vehicle since it aims for ecology and economy. Its principle is durability, it is puncture-proof and can be kept for the life of the vehicle.
“At Dacia, we like the concrete. As we developed and explored new ideas, we felt the need to go beyond 3D simulations and see them for real.” explains David Durand, design director at Dacia.
“Also before being a design object, the Concept Manifesto embodies our vision and brings together many innovations that are sometimes extreme in their execution but always affordable for the customer. Some will serve us in future Dacias.”
Know that you will be able to see this Concept Manifesto for real at the Paris Motor Show which will open its doors to the general public next Tuesday, October 18 at the Porte de Versailles.