When it comes to small and affordable cars, the Romanian carmaker plays an important role not just in Europe, but in other parts of the world as well, including South America. In Brazil, this model is so popular that even a performance version has been released. The current generation has been around since 2012 and we haven’t seen too many changes so far. However, this is going to change, considering that a 2020 Dacia Sandero facelift is about to happen pretty soon.
The new version is almost ready and it is expected to hit showrooms in the nearest future. Of course, changes will be mostly in terms of aesthetics. Still, don’t exclude the possibility to see some interior tweaks as well. On the other side, the engine lineup should remain the same. Big novelties are expected in terms of safety features, as well as in terms of tech features.
2020 Dacia Sandero Exterior Design
In terms of base design characteristics, the 2020 Dacia Sandero is about to carry on in the same way. The current generation is expected to remain in production for a couple of more years. So, count on the same overall design, which is based on M0 platform, which has been derived from the famous B platform and adapted for Dacia models. In terms of size and body style, things will remain the same. The 2020 Dacia Sandero will continue both as a 5-door hatchback and crossover. The crossover is better known as the Stepway and it features higher ground clearance, underbody protection and several more upgrades that make it look like a small SUV.
2020 Dacia Sandero Changes
Most of the changes that are about to come are in terms of the styling. The 2020 Dacia Sandero will get a facelift and, of course, the focus will be on changes at the front. This small car will adopt the brand’s latest design language, so expect a lot of inspiration from the new Duster. In any case, the parts that are going to change for sure are bumpers. The new model will come with sportier layout, but it will also come with a new grille that will, just like the Duster, feature some kind of chrome simulation.
Headlights will also come with some tweaks, particularly in terms of the LED lighting. Same refers to taillights. That won’t be the only change at the rear end, as we are also to see a little bit thicker rear pillars, which will change the look of the end of roofline for a bit. Naturally, this facelift will also bring those typical mid-cycle updates, such as new sets of wheels, which will be available in black and grey colors, as well as a couple of new exterior colors in the offer.
On the inside, we don’t expect to see too many changes. Practically, the overall layout should remain the same. Typically for Dacia, the dashboard is pretty basic. This is an affordable car, so you cant expect some spectacular interior quality. Most of the surfaces feature hard plastics, while the overall dashboard design looks a little bit dated. On the other side, front seats are okay, with enough support for longer trips. Given the size of the vehicle, the rear seats are typically tight for the class.
A couple of new interior color schemes may be the only changes in terms of the cabin design but on the other side, the list of standard equipment will be notably expanded. First of all, we will see more airbags, including ones from the side, which seems pretty exclusive for the class. Also, this update should bring a new 7-inch touchscreen, equipped with the latest software.
2020 Dacia Sandero Engines
In most markets, this is primarily an economical vehicle, so the focus is on small and efficient engines. One of the newest engines that have been added to the lineup is a new 0.9-liter turbo-three, which delivers around 90 horsepower. Still, an older-generation 1.0-liter unit with around 75 horsepower is still a more popular choice, while a 1.2-liter engine is also available in LPG version.
Of course, there is a well-known 1.5-liter dCi turbodiesel, in versions with 75 and 90 horsepower. In Brazil, you can also find an older-generation 1.6-liter naturally-aspirated gasoline engine, which has a max output of around 115 horsepower. This engine can burn ethanol as well.
Finally, Dacia offers a hi-performance RS version on the Brazilian market, with a 2.0-liter gasoline engine that delivers around 150 horsepower. Depending on the engine, the gearbox is eighter 5-speed manual or CVT.
Release Date and Price
The facelifted 2020 Dacia Sandero will hit the markets pretty soon, in a couple of months. Despite the novelties, we don’t expect to see bigger changes in price. The Sandero will remain one of the most affordable models in the class, with a starting price of around 7.000 Euros.