2019 Dacia Sandero Will Be a Compact, Is Getting 1.3 Turbo

2019 Dacia Sandero Will Be a Compact, Is Getting 1.3 Turbo 1 photo
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Some big changes are being prepared by Romanian budget brand Dacia, starting with the all-new Sandero. The 3rd generation is expected to come out at the end of 2019 and will mark a radical departure.
The Sandero became available in 2008 as a cheap subcompact car. The second generation from 2012 played the same game. However, the 2019 model is expected to grow into a compact. Previous reports told us to expect an overall length of 4.1 meters, but now that seems like a pessimistic number.

German magazine Auto Bild claims it will become much more significant, almost Golf-sized. While it will be based on the CMF-B platform of the Clio, it's not completely unusual to make a compact from supermini bones. The Skoda Rapid and Peugeot 301 are conceived much the same way.

A more advanced Renault platform also gives the Sandero access to better safety technology. Yes, it will become available with auto emergency braking, which means a 5-star Euro NCAP rating is finally on the cards.

However, we're more interested in the engine changes. As you may have heard, Renault is working on a new 1-liter engine, which will offer 75 or 90 horsepower in the Sandero compact.

There's also going to be a 1.3-liter with 115 HP, presumably the same one developed with Daimler. This could become the fastest Sandero ever offered in Europe, though still not a match for the Sandero RS. The only diesel unit will be a 1.5 dCi, reportedly coming with AdBlue.

Exterior styling will be influenced by the Duster, with LED accent lights and a pointy nose. Surprisingly, we've heard nothing about the Logan 3 until now. Has Dacia given up on it?

A higher quality car means prices are going up as well. The cheapest version will be €8,000 while the most expensive Stepway with all the bells will cost €13,000. But considering it will be larger with more legroom and trunk space, there's no reason to complain.

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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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