Friday 22 June 2012

Spied: 2013 Dacia Logan and Sandero

The next-generation Dacia Logan sedan and Sandero hatchback have been spied undergoing hot-weather testing in Southern Spain.

Despite the excessive camouflage, styling for both cars is expected to be both contemporary and upmarket.

The Logan appears to be larger than its predecessor and boasts dedicated daytime running lights and red tail-light clusters. The Sandero, on the other hand, will measure roughly the same as the outgoing model, albeit with a slightly longer wheelbase.

While both cars lacked new technologies, the new Logan and Sandero are expected to underpin Renault’s Fluence platform, meaning updated technology both mechanically and in the cabin.

Under the hood, the aging 1.6 MPI petrol unit will be replaced by an upgraded turbocharged engine, while the diesel engine will be updated to meet Euro6 emissions legislations. As with the current models, only manual transmissions will be offered in Europe.

The Logan sedan is expected to be joined by a pick-up, wagon, and a commercial variant; meanwhile the Sandero will be joined by a Stepway model and a lukewarm performance variant.

For the first time, the Sandero hatchback will be sold in the UK, alongside the larger Duster compact SUV when the brand launches in January 2013.

The Sandero will start from under £7,000, undercutting every single rival in the supermini market. The Logan is expected to bow at the Geneva motor Show in March 2013.

The Logan has been sold around the world under different brands and names including Renault Logan, Nissan Aprio (Mexico), Mahindra Verito (India), and Renault Tondar 90 (Iran).

The sub-compact sedan launched back in 2004, selling 1,110,397 Logans under the Dacia brand and 1,053,215 cars with the Renault logo.

The Sandero was released in 2008 and both models are based on Renault’s ‘B0’ architecture.


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