Apart from the occasional launch of a not so special special edition, it was relatively quiet after the launch of the second generation Duster in 2017 in Dacia. The manufacturer will introduce the brand new Sandero together with its Logan sedan.
Even though we are probably only a few months away from the revised Supermini, this is only the second encounter with a prototype. Just like the first time, it hides under extensive camouflage to hide something that seems far more noble than the aging compact car hatchback. The current Sandero dates from 2012, but has many similarities with the original model presented in 2007, which was closely related to the Renault Clio II that was launched in 1998. Yes, the Sandero goes back to a car that has been around for more than two decades. Still, it's not a 43-year-old Lada Niva.
The most obvious changes are the new headlights and taillights and more modern door handles. Drum brakes on the rear axle mean that it is an inexpensive car. However, it is worth noting that you get the brakes for the mechanically related Renault Clio in the lower trim levels. The test vehicle seems to have the entire series body and headlights, with the first being equipped with LEDs, which are probably only intended for daytime running lights. Some photos show how the car brakes and turns to see the taillight graphics.
The cables that protrude from the hood and go through the passenger door into the cabin indicate that Dacia is testing a new engine. The unfinished exhaust also points in the same direction. Our money flows into the turbocharged 1.0-liter TCe petrol engine, which is to replace the current 0.9-liter engine of the Renault-Nissan alliance. It is said to have 100 hp and 160 Nm of torque, as can be found in the latest Clio.
Speaking of which, Renault's B-segment hatch will share its engines and transmissions with its smaller siblings from Eastern Europe. That being said, the four-cylinder 1.3-liter TCe shouldn't be taken along, but the silver lining is a powerful and economical hybrid variant that is in the works with a 1.6-liter suction mill in combination with an electric motor and a small car battery. Keep in mind that the 140 hp electrified Sandero is just a rumor at this point, but if the Clio hybridizes with an e-tech powertrain, it could happen.
Dacia is likely to make the public debut of its outdated model Sandero and Logan at the Paris Motor Show 2020 in early October, although it would make sense to put the cars online a few weeks or months beforehand. The Logan MCV car should follow shortly, and we hope there will be another version of Stepway that will serve as the poor man's VW Golf Alltrack.