Sandero has really changed dramatically in the new generation. New is the basis and the amount of equipment offered. The novelty will offer several things for the first time in the history of this model.
Dacia has prepared a fundamental novelty for this autumn, the third generation of its small Sandero hatchback. It is currently the best-selling model of the Romanian brand, with 2.1 million units sold between 2004 and 2020, so the intergenerational transformation took place in style. News from the carmaker announced in advance that Sandero had not yet offered so much equipment, which was confirmed after the premiere. We have selected eight fundamental novelties.
In recent years, diodes have been rapidly replacing xenon headlights, mainly due to their brighter light and cheaper production. Renault can be considered a promoter in this respect, as it has already offered LED headlights for a small Clio hatchback or a small Captur SUV as standard.
Now the parent brand is also followed by Dacia. Sandero will also offer LED headlights, as standard! The carmaker highlights the fact that they provide better visibility at night, by 37% in the distance and by 9% in terms of the width of the light field compared to existing halogens. In addition, they become a design element because they bring a new light signature, with a double letter ypsilon motif.
Mobile as a replacement for infotainment
Dacia often boasts of democratizing car equipment for the general public. And this is exactly the case with the new Sander, which will provide the masses with a multimedia system. And that is a very simple and cheap solution. The basic version will not have the classic infotainment touch screen, but a special holder on top of the center panel for attaching a smartphone.
You will then only need to download the Dacia Media Control application to your smartphone, which will make the functions of classic multimedia systems available. Using Bluetooth, the mobile phone connects to the car and displays data from the on-board computer, starts a hands-free call or, for example, starts navigation.
If this solution is not enough, you will still be able to order a typical infotainment. The Media Display uses an eight-inch touch screen, and its enhanced Media Nav variant adds navigation and wireless connectivity for Apple CarPlay i Android Auto.
Today, Dacia Sandero offers exclusively five-speed gearboxes on the Czech market, but for the first time in history, the successor will also receive a six-speed manual. Manufacturers are simply looking for different ways to reduce their car’s emissions, and a gearbox with more gears can reduce fuel consumption. In addition, even among small cars, it is an increasingly common phenomenon today, so the new Sandero will also experience it. It will be possible to combine six-qualities with a supercharged 1.0 TCe three-cylinder petrol engine, both in the conventional variant and in the version capable of burning LPG.
In addition to the six-stage manual, we can also look forward to a full-fledged automatic machine for the new Sander. The previous version offered only a robotic manual Easy-R, which is not a completely happy solution, but the successor will see the possibility of a continuously variable transmission CVT. The machine will be available for 1.0 TCe petrol, and the carmaker promises lower consumption, thanks to more efficient engine management. By the way, the CVT gearbox will appear for the first time in Dacia’s offer, for example Duster briefly used a dual-clutch EDC.
Richer basic equipment
Although Dacia has always relied on low prices, the automotive world is evolving, so Spartan gear is no longer enough as it used to be. That’s why the new Sandero offers more than ever before. In addition to the already mentioned LED lights, we can basically look forward to front and side airbags protecting the abdomen, chest and head, emergency call e-Call, light sensor or cruise control. Dacia also mentions a height- and length-adjustable steering wheel, which is also new to Sandero. The predecessor had only a height-adjustable steering wheel.
More additional elements
In the past, Dacia’s management has argued that it derives the equipment on offer from its cars primarily from genuine customer interest, not because it is expected in the segment, for example, or because it would like to be a pioneer in something. The carmaker thus apparently concluded that the clientele expects to offer an electrically operated panoramic sunroof, which will be offered for the first time in Dacia’s history. Newly heated front seats or keyless entry via hands-free card will also be available.
Car safety is playing an increasingly important role today, and Sandero has worked in this area as well. Safety itself is improved by a stiffer construction provided by the CMF-B architecture with reinforcement at the level of the engine compartment (beams and side members are completely new) and the interior. For example, the front seats have a new frame construction and their head restraints are equipped with a system against injury to the cervical spine in the event of an impact. There are also new door impact sensors and an accelerometer to enable early detection of a side impact to inflate the new front and side airbags protecting the abdomen, chest and head faster.
But it is also helped by new assistance elements. For the first time in history, Sandero will, for example, experience blind spot monitoring, which the brand’s customers may already know from the Duster model. Front parking sensors (so far only rear), automatic braking function or automatic braking will also be available automatic emergency e-call system.
Smart roof racks
Roof racks are not uncommon, but Dacia has made them a clever “simply clever” solution in a way. The system available for the Sandero Stepway is modular – thanks to the key stored in the dashboard compartment, it can be turned into a longitudinal roof rack without complicated disassembly. Its load capacity is 80 kilograms, which corresponds to conventional roof racks.