New 2021 Dacia Sandero breaks cover

The all-new Sandero has more equipment but will retain low price

  • New Sandero expected to go on sale in 2021
  • Will feature updated engines and updated tech
  • Available as standard hatchback and rugged ‘Stepway’ model

The next-generation Dacia Sandero has been revealed. As before, UK buyers get a choice of the standard Sandero and the Sandero Stepway, which gets crossover styling with roof rails, a higher ride height and chunky plastic cladding. It’s expected to go on sale in the first few months of 2021.

For now, Dacia has revealed the styling only. More details will be released on 29 September; we expect prices and specifications, details of the engine range and a release date to be made public, several months before the car reaches dealerships. The new Sandero should offer a similar amount of space to the Ford Fiesta but will continue to be the UK’s cheapest new car.

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The new design features Y-shaped LED daytime running lights with a chrome bar that appears to connect them. The bonnet gets a reworking, with new raised elements that look like stripes. It looks like the back of the car features LED elements too, while the rear lights have changed shape, as has the roofline.

The current Sandero is underpinned by the same platform as the third-generation Renault Clio, which dates back to the early 2000s. To modernise the new model, and to ensure it meets current safety and emissions regulations, Dacia could opt to use the latest CMF-B platform, which underpins the current Renault Clio and the Nissan Juke.

To maintain the car's low starting price, it’s unlikely Dacia will attempt to fit expensive mild-hybrid or plug-in hybrid powertrains. Instead, the engine range is likely to remain similar to that of the current model, with a pair of petrol engines consisting of a 1.0-litre three-cylinder producing 71bhp and a more powerful 1.3-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine producing 128bhp.

Elsewhere, we expect the new Sandero to receive updated technology including a revised infotainment system and additional safety features.

Interested in knowing more about the Dacia Sandero? Read our full review for more information.

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