The Dacia Manifesto concept gives a glimpse of the future electric off-roader

The Dacia Manifesto concept gives a glimpse of the future electric off-roader

Dacia’s latest concept vehicle is an all-terrain electric car made from sustainably recycled materials and equipped with a removable battery pack for portable power.


The Dacia Manifesto concept has been unveiled, with the Renault-owned Romanian automaker previewing what it says will be electric off-road vehicles of the future.

Dacia, the budget brand of French parent company Renault, is known for its bold, no-nonsense designs.

Although the electric dune buggy is unlikely to make it into showrooms, the design is expected to anticipate some of the styling themes planned for future models. Dacia also took the opportunity to unveil a new logo.



Dacias The minimalist approach is taken to a new level with the Manifesto, with the all-wheel-drive electric off-roader doing away with doors and windows, allowing the driver and passenger to “completely immerse themselves in nature,” according to the company.

Dacias The minimalist approach is taken to a new level with the Manifesto, with the all-wheel-drive electric off-roader doing away with doors and windows, allowing the driver and passenger to “completely immerse themselves in nature,” according to the company.

Rather than using individual headlights, the Dacia Manifesto’s front lighting comes from a row of LEDs mounted across the front bumper – and includes a new DC logo in the centre.



Horizontal taillights are positioned above removable batteries that can be used as an external power source.

Dacia hasn’t provided details on how much energy the battery can store, or the performances of the concept’s electric motors.

To prevent breakdowns off-road, the Manifesto’s wheels are wrapped in airless tires – similar to those being developed by tire giant Michelin.



The Dacia Manifesto’s recycled plastic body panels and a cork dashboard aim to highlight the electric car’s sustainable approach, although it’s unclear whether this “green-washing” approach will find its way into future production vehicles.

As with Dacia’s production cars like the Sandero and Jogger, the Manifesto doesn’t come with a high-tech touchscreen – instead it offers a cradle that allows the owner to use their own smartphone for in-car entertainment.

The seat covers are removable so they can be washed. The PR spin also claims they can double as sleeping bags.



While the Manifesto is unlikely to go into production, it could influence the design of Dacia’s next-generation Duster SUV – a model currently powered by a choice of petrol and diesel engines.

In an interview with the news agency ReutersDacia CEO Denis Le Vot said the Romanian company will likely wait until 2035 to launch an all-electric model range – five years behind parent company Renault.

“Everyone has their part to play. Renault will push to become the champion of electric motors, that comes with a risk,” Mr Le Vot said Reuters. “That’s also why Dacia exists.



“Depending on how quickly the market switches to electric motors and what the appetite of customers is, Dacia is here. The two can coexist.”

The Dacia Spring is the company’s only electric car to be sold in Europe and accounts for around 12 percent of total sales, according to data Reuters.

As reported by journey Last year Dacia was rumored to be joining the portfolio of Renault’s Australian importer Ateco, however its arrival has not been confirmed.

Jordan Mulach

Jordan Mulach was born in Canberra/Ngunnawal and currently resides in Brisbane/Turrbal. Jordan joined the Drive team in 2022 and has previously worked for Auto Action, MotorsportM8, The Supercars Collective and TouringCarTimes, WhichCar, Wheels, Motor and Street Machine. A self-proclaimed iRacing addict, Jordan finds himself either behind the wheel of his Octavia RS or berating his ZH Fairlane over the weekend.

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