New Dacia Sandero technical details confirmed
29 September 2020
Author: Sean Keywood
Dacia has revealed details of its new Sandero small car, including the Sandero Stepway crossover variant.
The new, third-generation Sandero is based on the CMF platform also used by parent company Renault's latest Clio.
The new Sandero's exterior dimensions are the same as the outgoing car, but Dacia says the new platform saves weight, therefore improving efficiency, while also complying with more stringent crash test requirements.
There is also said to be 42mm of extra rear passenger space, and there's 328 litres of boot capacity along with 21 litres of further storage around the cabin.
Three engines are on offer - a 65hp petrol, a 90hp petrol, or a 100hp Bi-Fuel which runs on petrol or LPG. The 65hp engine comes with a five-speed manual gearbox, the 90hp with a six-speed manual or CVT auto, and the Bi-Fuel with the six-speed manual.
Dacia claims that running on LPG, the Bi-Fuel emits 11% less CO2 than an equivalent petrol engine, and says that the 90hp petrol with the CVT gearbox emits 11% less CO2 than the previous automatic model.
Cosmetic features of the new Sandero include Dacia's new Y-shaped LED light signature, while the Stepway is differentiated from the regular car by a 41mm increased ground clearance, as well as features such as front and rear skid plates and wheelarch cladding.
Infotainment options with the new Sandero include Media Control, which invites the driver to place their smartphone on a dashboard-mounted support and use a Dacia app, and Media Nav, which features an 8in touchscreen.
LED headlights and autonomous emergency braking are standard, while other available safety features include blind spot warning, parking sensors and a reversing camera.
The new Sandero and Sandero Stepway will go on sale in February 2021. Prices are yet to be announced.