All-New 2020 Dacia Sandero Starts Testing, Looks Like A Budget Clio

Dacia has begun testing the third-generation Sandero hatchback on public roads.

It was also about time, since the current model has been on sale since 2012 and received a mild refresh in 2016. As you can see, the prototype is heavily camouflaged and even features some padding to disguise its shape.

Still, it’s pretty obvious that it has a more modern silhouette with a waistline that rises more prominently towards the rear, a Renault Clio-like rear end with horizontal taillights and a smaller rear screen, a more profiled bonnet, and a front end that seems to adopt sleeked horizontal headlights and a new grille. Unfortunately, no photos of the interior are available, but a major overhaul should happen inside too.

Also read: 2020 Renault Logan, Sandero And Stepway Unveiled In Brazil With New Styling, CVT Option

Speaking of the Clio, the next-generation Sandero is expected to use the same CMF-B as Renault’s supermini. However, the Dacia will get a slightly simpler version of the architecture since the budget model won’t come with all the bells and whistles of the 2020 Clio.

Switching to the new platform will be a major leap forward for the Sandero as this will make it roomier, safer, more enjoyable to drive, and more sophisticated technologically. Rumor has it Dacia will even put a hybrid powertrain in the 2020 Sandero, something the CMF-B platform makes possible.

For now, there’s no confirmation regarding the engine lineup, but the Sandero is expected to gain Renault’s new 100 PS (99 HP) 1.0-liter turbocharged three-cylinder gasoline engine as a replacement for the 0.9-liter unit.

In addition, the new 1.3-liter TCe turbocharged four-cylinder with 115 PS (113 HP) should also be part of the lineup. Finally, the 1.5-liter Blue dCi turbodiesel is expected to soldier on with 95 PS (94 HP), albeit upgraded with an SCR catalytic converter with AdBlue injection to pass the latest emission standards.

The third-generation Dacia Sandero should debut sometime in 2020 in both standard and high-riding Stepway body styles.

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  • Ganfu

    Good news!

    • Eythan Aldrich

      waiting for that to happen

  • performante

    James May will be proud

    • Aeromann

      At least it’s a real one.

  • MarDark

    The leaks are always funny. You have the car in front of you, no driver inside and you do not take a photo of the interior? 😀

    • Matt

      There’s a man there, trying to stop the photographer. There’s no ‘leak’ conspiracy.

      • MarDark

        Really? Yah one angry man, I see him running after the photographer and the photographer making bad photos as he is scared :O I could see the driver killing him if he gets closer :))

      • Miknik

        Id also add that a Dacia Sandero’s interior is probably not the most exciting thing in the world, and will likely look 98% like the recently renewed Duster…

        (and in this case, is fully covered, as can already be seen form the outside)

  • xrnzaaas

    They are finally giving Dacia’s modern door handles, wow!

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