The return of Renault’s budget brand, Dacia, to the UK will be led by the five-door Sandero early next year, with the 1.5-litre 85PS diesel likely to offer a sub-120gm/km of CO2.

It will be priced around £8000 and will be sold through Renault dealers.

In size terms, it fits between the new Clio and Megane.

Other models are scheduled to follow, with Renault bosses considering the seven-seater MCV estate car, a pick-up and a van. The Logan, Renault’s first?Dacia and already on sale in Europe, won’t be coming over.