Just a week after being out testing the next generation Logan, Dacia has already moved on to testing the second generation Sandero that looks as though it will be debuted at the same time as the Logan. These spy shots show the Stepway version, but a standard version is most likely under development as well.
No details have been offered on the next Sandero, but we believe that Dacia has shared some of the Logan’s design characteristics with it. The Sandero is built on a new platform borrowed from the Renault Fluence, more modern engines, gearboxes, and a new chassis. Both the exterior and the interior will also be significantly improved - a smart move considering both the Logan and the Sandero weren’t exactly the best looking cars available.
Just like the future Logan, the first concept version of the Dacia Sandero will be unveiled in September at the 2012 Paris Auto Show. A production Sandero should follow in March at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.
When Dacia brought the Sandero into the picture, people forgot about the old Logan, and not because the Sandero was better, but because it looked a bit fresher. When the new Duster came out, it took the Logan completely out of the picture. This seemed to be a little unorthodox considering the Logan was the model that brought Dacia out of the shadow of anonymity and basically started the trend of low-budget cars in Europe.
Renault now seems to have recognized their error and have promised that the next generation Logan will be better than the model it replaces. It will be built on the same platform as the Renault Fluence and will get more modern engines, gearboxes, and a new chassis. It will also still be one of the cheapest cars around.
The next Logan will get a modern design to make it even more attractive. According to Renault’s design chief, Laurens van den Acker, this decision was made to coax people into buying the Logan because of its looks and not just because it is cheap. Speaking of cheap, we’re hoping that Dacia will do something about that rustic interior that facilitates the outdated stigma attached to the car.
Expect to see the new Dacia Logan launched as a concept in September at the 2012 Paris Auto Show, with a production version to follow at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.