U Spy: 2013 Renault Fluence Facelift and New Dacia Logan and Sandero

Quite a day for one of our readers from Romania, Cristi H., who spotted not one, not two but four prototype models traveling together on the highway.

As Cristi rightfully pointed out to us, two of the cars are the facelifted Renault Fluence sedan while the other two are the Dacia Sandero five-door hatchback and the Logan four-door sedan.

This is first time we have seen a prototype of the 2013 Renault Fluence, which is a compact saloon also sold as the Samsung SM3 in South Korea.

The strategically placed camouflage on one of the test cars suggests that the updated Fluence will obtain a different fascia sporting Renault's new styling identity with a wide grille encompassing the brand's logo, and possibly revised headlamps and bumper designs.

At the rear end of the car, we may see some tweaks to the graphics of the taillights.

While we have snapped the next generations of the Dacia Sandero hatchback and its Logan sedan sibling before, these prototypes were less heavily camouflaged affording us a better look at their silhouettes. Both models are expected to go on sale sometime next year.

Multe mulţumiri to Christi for the spy shots!






europeon said... »June 27, 2012

That's a nice touch thanking Cristi in Romanian :)

Hvt Crx said... »June 28, 2012

Thank you for posting the photos.

Mihnea Radu said... »June 28, 2012

ce misto ar fi sa il stiu si eu pe cristi:(

Adrian Dorofte said... »June 28, 2012

OK, those are some nice captures, as you do not very often see camouflaged test vehicles in Romania. Alongside these, some Renaults and Dacias have already been spotted near Mioveni (the HQ of the Dacia-Renault factory) and in Brașov, a city located in the centrepart of the country. However, as these spy shots were taken on a highway, I wonder whether Renault have breached the regulations or not. In Romania, testing of pre-production/pre-series vehicles on the country's highways is strictly forbidden.

Iulian said... »June 28, 2012

Not really. If you would have bothered to read the Romanian highway code, you would have learned that test vehicles are allowed on public roads, as long as they are registered with the appropriate number plates. And from the pictures, it's pretty clear that these cars are. "PROBE" means "test" and practically any road-worthy vehicle can be registered with this kind of plates.

europeon said... »June 28, 2012

The camouflaged cars I've seen near their Brasov test center (mainly ZOEs) were sporting normal license plates, not temporary "PROBE"-type ones.

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