Dacia’s new off-road concept is designed to be cleaned inside with a pressure washer

The vehicle is entirely waterproof, and its seat covers turn into sleeping bags.

by | Published on 19th Sep 2022

Dacia may be best known for its cheap and cheerful Sandero hatchback, but its new Manifesto Concept shows a different side to the brand.

The Romanian company – a subsidiary of Renault – unveiled the concept over the weekend, and describes it as a “lab for ideas”.

As such, it won’t be making it to production; it’s hard to imagine a car with no doors or windshield would.

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However, certain features from the Manifesto Concept will make it to future Dacia models, and we can’t wait to see how that manifests. (Get it?)

The concept is designed to put its occupants as close to nature as possible, which is why it lacks doors and windows.

A sure sign it’s geared for those who love the great outdoors are its removable seat covers that double as sleeping bags.

There’s a completely configurable roof rack system that allows you to carry just about anything on top of it as well.

It also has a removable battery that’s automatically charged by the vehicle, and can be used for powering anything with a household plug on it.

There’s also only a single headlight at the front which can be removed to use as lighting for your campsite.

One feature that is definitely confirmed for future production models is its YouClip system.


The system allows you to easily attach a number of accessories inside the car, and will soon be seen in a host of Dacia’s road cars.

It also relies on a ‘Bring-Your-Own-Device’ approach for infotainment – something already being seen in Dacia production models.

Rather than use a traditional screen, there’s a system that allows your phone to integrate with the car’s computer.

Dacia Manifesto Concept’s waterproof interior

The whole car is made from recycled polypropylene, which makes it entirely waterproof.

That includes the interior which can be cleaned with a pressure washer.

No doubt it will need to be relatively often, given it’s totally open to the elements.

However, to add some intrigue to the interior, there’s also cork trim across the dashboard.

Of course, so it can handle the great outdoors, the vehicle features four-wheel drive.

It also rides on airless tires so that they are puncture-proof and theoretically able to last the lifetime of the car.

“At Dacia, we like to keep it real,” Dacia Design Director David Durand said of the concept.

“As we were developing and exploring new ideas, we felt we needed to push them past 3D simulations and see what they look like in real life!

“As well as being a designer object, Manifesto Concept encapsulates our vision and combines a wide range of innovation – some involve extreme implementation, but they are still affordable for customers.

“We will be using a few of them on future Dacia models.”



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A car zealot from a young age, Patrick has put his childhood spent obsessing over motoring magazines and TV shows to good use over the past six years as a journalist. Fuelled by premium octane coffee, he’s contributed to Finder, DriveTribe, WhichCar, Vehicle History and Drive Section.

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