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Body style: Hatchback
Segment: Small

After Renault bought the Dacia carmaker, it needed to develop new products based on the existing ones to help the factory survive on the market.

In 1995, the Romanian carmaker introduced its first new model in over 30 years of existence. It was named Nova, and it was a hatchback. It was designed from scratch by the Romanian engineers and served as a platform for the following models developed together with Renault. The first step was to install a new drivetrain, with a Renault Clio engine and gearbox for the SuperNova and, in 2003, Dacia introduced the Solenza.

The Solenza featured angular-looking headlights, narrower on the inside, and a V-shaped grille. Depending on the trim level, it featured fog-lights in the front bumper, light-alloy wheels, and a small wing on the trunk lid. The side strips, door-mirrors, and door handles were black.

Inside, the carmaker installed cloth seats and cranked windows on the base models. The upper trim levels benefited from air-conditioning, a CD-stereo, and power-windows. Its dashboard was molded from plastic and featured an extended instrument cluster that covered the audio system area. The car offered a folding bench in the back, which was good to expand the otherwise very small trunk.

Under the hood, Renault installed a choice of two engines: a 1.4-liter gasoline and a 1.9-liter naturally aspirated diesel. For the latter, the customer could order the car either with air-conditioning or with power-steering. There was not enough room under the hood to install both of them.

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DACIA Solenza 2003 - 2005
  1 gasoline engine
  • 1.4L 5MT (75 HP)
  1 diesel engine
  • 1.9L D 5MT (62 HP)

DACIA Solenza 1.4L 5MT (75 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.4L 5MT (75 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1390 cm3
Power
55 KW @ 5250 RPM
75 HP @ 5250 RPM
74 BHP @ 5250 RPM
Torque
84 lb-ft @ 2800 RPM
114 Nm @ 2800 RPM
Fuel System
Electronic Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
11.6 gallons (43.9 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
102.5 mph (165 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
13.1 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
165/70 R13
DIMENSIONS
Length
160.7 in (4082 mm)
Width
65.5 in (1664 mm)
Height
54.3 in (1379 mm)
Front/rear Track
56.3/53.1 in (1,430/1,349 mm)
Wheelbase
97.5 in (2477 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.7 in (119 mm)
Cargo Volume
29.2 cuFT (827 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.36
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2282.2 lbs (1035 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3053.9 lbs (1385 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
28.3 mpg US (8.3 L/100Km)
Highway
42 mpg US (5.6 L/100Km)
Combined
35.1 mpg US (6.7 L/100Km)

DACIA Solenza 1.9L D 5MT (62 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.9L D 5MT (62 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1870 cm3
Power
45 KW @ 4500 RPM
61 HP @ 4500 RPM
60 BHP @ 4500 RPM
Torque
89 lb-ft @ 2500 RPM
120 Nm @ 2500 RPM
Fuel System
Electronic Injection
Fuel
Diesel
Fuel capacity
11.6 gallons (43.9 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
96.3 mph (155 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
16.9 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
165/70 R13
DIMENSIONS
Length
160.7 in (4082 mm)
Width
65.5 in (1664 mm)
Height
54.3 in (1379 mm)
Front/rear Track
56.3/53.1 in (1,430/1,349 mm)
Wheelbase
97.5 in (2477 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.7 in (119 mm)
Cargo Volume
29.2 cuFT (827 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.36
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2326.3 lbs (1055 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3053.9 lbs (1385 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
32.7 mpg US (7.2 L/100Km)
Highway
50 mpg US (4.7 L/100Km)
Combined
42 mpg US (5.6 L/100Km)
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