Cars | 01 December 2016

Just amazing: discover Dacia!

Chances to try out the whole of the Dacia range don’t come that often, though Dacia has a great deal to show off right now, with no fewer than four new models holding court at the Dacia stand at the Paris Motor Show this autumn. The international press road tests under way in Portugal make a great opportunity for journalists to check out the new Dacia range. The findings are conclusive: Dacias are even more in tune with the times, but that doesn’t make them more expensive!
by Thomas Niklaszewski

Across-the-range affordability

Dacia was there with four new models at the Paris Motor Show, released over the previous three months: New Sandero, Sandero Stepway, Logan and Logan MCV. More than mere facelifts, the new cars boast in-depth redesigns.

New exterior features include a new front end (grille, bumper, headlamps) and an original new light signature front and rear.

The interior redesign extends to new décors and upholsteries, a brand new four-spoke steering wheel, more accessible controls, new stowage spaces, a reversing camera, and hill-start assist. That’s quite a package!

New Sandero, Sandero Stepway, Logan and Logan MCV customers also get a wider choice of powertrains. To start with, there’s the brand new SCe 75 petrol engine: modern, affordable and more economical than ever.

A reassuring, comfortable driving experience, with a cheery price tag

For everyday driving convenience, Dacia offers new driver assistance systems such as reversing camera (on some versions) and hill-start assist. The front and rear electric window controls are located in the door panels, for fingertip access. And one-touch operation proves handy. The driver’s seat has a fold-up armrest (on some versions) bringing improved layout and accessibility for the controls between the two front seats. The eminently spacious cabin gets a wealth of new stowage spaces, for further enhanced functionality: there’s a phone compartment at the side of the passenger seat, a cubby on the side of the console, a new drink holder at the rear of the central console, and a 12-Volt power outlet for rear-seat passengers to charge their mobile devices.

Duster EDC, automatic transmission no longer a luxury

Dacia introduces its first automatic transmission on Duster, in response to recent shifts in customer demand: the market for automatic cars has more than doubled in the last five years, to account for no less than a quarter of vehicle sales. From early 2017 (on some markets), Duster dCi110 4x2 will be available with the EDC transmission, a reliable, tried-and-tested technology that can take a lot of stress out of everyday driving.


SCe 75, a brand new, economical, 100% Dacia engine

Dacia is the first Groupe Renault make to get the brand new SCe 75 petrol engine. This 1.0-litre, three-cylinder engine, developing 75 bhp and torque of 97 Nm, is available on entry-level Dacias, bringing reductions approaching 10.4% in CO2 emissions and fuel consumption with respect to the previous 75 bhp 1.2 16v unit. The SCe 75 is a modern, economical and affordable engine that is true the Dacia values and fully compliant with the rigorous quality standards of the Renault-Nissan Alliance.

In addition to the SCe 75 engine on its entry-level models, other Dacia powertrains are as follows:

    • Petrol: TCe 90 with Stop & Start (S&S), TCe 90 S&S LPG, and TCe 90 S&S with the Easy-R automated manual gearbox
    • Diesel: dCi 75 S&S, and dCi 90 S&S with manual or Easy-R automated manual transmission

A strong following for a strong brand

Dacia has developed spectacularly since 2004, carving itself a unique place on the motor market. It today fields a range of seven models made at four production facilities and selling in 44 countries, with sales topping 4 million vehicles worldwide. Dacia fans on the social networks total around 3.3 million, forming a highly active community that makes a significant contribution to the brand’s enviable success story.


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