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All-new Dacia Sandero revealed

Ready to take supermini market by storm...

We brought you news of Dacia’s plans to take on the UK market back in March, but after the Duster we can now see the first of their new offerings – the all-new Sandero supermini.

Sporting a much more modern and distinctive look than the previous model, Dacia is aiming the new Sandero straight at the established supermini players like the Ford Fiesta, Vauxhall Corsa and parent company Renault’s own Clio, but at the price point of the Ka and Twingo cars below them.

The front end takes on a Duster style grille and headlight arrangement, with a bold look that is certainly stylish and even sporty. The rear is simple yet classy with nice rear light clusters and a curved rear window. It’s not an exciting design like the Fiesta, but it certainly looks good.

Inside the new model takes a massive leap from the old one, with a nice clear centre console and a nicely styled dash. Dacia claims that the Sandero’s cabin is the most spacious in the class, though it’s fair to say that the quality will not be up there with the rivals, but at the price they are selling it for, this shouldn’t deter buyers. On the higher spec models there is a touch screen infotainment system which adds a nice touch to the interior.

The Sandero is expected to go on sale for just £6995 for the base model, rising to around £8500 for a top spec model. The engine lineup should consist of 1.5 litre diesel and 1.6 litre petrol units seen in the current Sandero, but the big news will be the use of the new Renault 0.9 litre three cylinder turbo engine with 86 bhp. This should give the Sandero a real edge on top of the low price, ensuing big sales.

We’ll learn more about the engine lineup and pricing when the car is launched at the Paris Motor Show next week.

Images courtesy of Renault


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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more