With its high ground clearance (150mm), broad shoulders, and rounded lines, the Dacia Spring Electric is the first low-cost 100% electric SUV that also gives an impression of robustness. And all despite its contained dimensions of 3.73 m long, 1.62 m wide, and 1.51 m high.
On its front, it has LED lights whose horizontal line extends into the design of the grille, a ribbed hood, and a large emblem. It has the hallmark of electric vehicles – Spring’s front grille is solid. Behind, the drivers sport Dacia’s new Y-shaped LED light signature.
And in addition to the color pack available in the launch version: the mirrors, the roof bars, and the lower part of the sides have orange accents.
Speaking of the side, the ‘ Spring Electric ‘ hubcaps aesthetically mimic alloy wheels. This is possible thanks to Flexwheel technology: the sheet metal rims are perforated to allow the installation of stylish hubcaps. Anesthetic and economical solution if you need to change them.
Inside, this Dacia Spring offers four real seats for adults. Also, the front passengers have 23.1 L of storage distributed in the large glove compartment, the side door panels, and the storage compartment in the center console. The rear passengers have pockets behind the front seats.
The trunk offers 300 liters of capacity (not counting the space under the trunk for the optional spare wheel) that increases to 600 when folding the rear seats.
Very worthy equipment
Standard equipment includes electric variable power steering, remote central locking, and four power windows. To keep the driver’s eyes on the road and the steering wheel with their hands, there is a 3.5-inch digital display between the clocks and also Google or Apple voice recognition that can be activated by simply pressing a control on the steering wheel. Air conditioning, multimedia system, power mirrors, and full-size spare wheel are optional.
The gearbox is a very easy to use chrome rotary knob with 3 positions : D (gear / forward), N (neutral), and R (reverse).
With a narrow 4.8 m turning radius, the Dacia Spring Electric will feel like a fish in water in the city. Its parking assistance system, available as an option, offers visual and acoustic aids thanks to three ultrasonic radars located in the rear bumper and a reversing camera, the image of which is transmitted to the multimedia system screen with dynamic guidelines.
A very intuitive multimedia system
Available as an option, the Media Nav multimedia equipment includes a 7-inch touch screen, navigation, DAB radio, Apple Carplay, and Android Auto compatibility, Bluetooth, and a USB socket. Voice recognition (via smartphone) can be activated by a control located on the steering wheel.
A simple but decisive electric motor
The Dacia Spring Electric has a range of 225 km in the WLTP cycle and 295 km in the WLTP City (homologation cycle that includes only the urban part of the homologated cycle). Also, its 100% electric motor of 33 kW (equivalent to 44 hp ) and a torque of 125 Nm is coupled to a 26.8 kWh battery.
The range can be improved by almost 10% simply by pressing the ECO button on the dash thanks to a power limitation to 23 kW (instead of 33 kW) and a maximum speed limitation of 100 km / h.
It offers a wide variety of recharges: in a 220V household socket using the cable supplied as standard, in a wall box (with the optional cable), or a DC terminal (optional).
The charging time for the lithium-ion battery is:
Less than an hour for an 80% load on a 30 kW DC terminal. Less than 5 hours for a 100% load on a 7.4 kW wall box. Less than 8.30 hours for a 100% load on a 3.7 kW wall box. Less than 14 hours at 100% load on a 2.3 kW household outlet.
From a smartphone, the free MY Dacia application allows you to know in real-time the battery level, the remaining autonomy in kilometers, start the pre-conditioning of the passenger compartment (air conditioning), and locate the car in real time. And when it’s plugged in, the app lets you know the charging progress and start or stop charging.
The standard safety equipment includes, among other systems, speed limiter, ABS, ESP, electronic brake force distribution, 6 airbags, emergency call ( SOS button ), automatic lighting of the lights, and automatic braking of Active emergency from 7 to 170 km / h.
A version for professionals
Aimed at professionals, Dacia is also launching the Spring Electric Cargo, equipped with a trunk that extends instead of the rear seat, for a volume of 800 liters and a payload of 325 kilos. It will be white and to optimize weight, it will not have a spare wheel. It will hit the market in early 2021.
The Dacia Spring Electric has a warranty of 3 years or 100,000 km and its battery has a warranty of 8 years or 120,000 km.