New generation versions of the Dacia Sandero and Stepway will go on sale in Ireland in early 2021 and first customer deliveries will be in the spring, writes Brian Byrne.
Built on a new platform, both vehicles will also get new engines, a new automatic option, and a new 6-speed manual transmission. The external dimensions are similar to the outgoing versions, but the car offers more room inside. The core ethos of Dacia of simplicity and reliability are retained, but a new suite of driver assistance technologies and higher levels of standard equipment up the models' game.
The petrol powertrains are normally-aspirated and turbocharged 1.0 3-cylinder units, with 65hp and 90hp outputs. An LPG-fuelled version will be available in markets where that fuel is common.
The interior features newly designed front seats, more premium upholstery, and greater range of adjustment of front seats and steering wheel. Multi-media options include a sat-nav version.
As the first Dacia models built on the CMF modular platform, the company says they are stronger and improve protection in the event of a collision.
No Irish prices yet.