Good news! The fresh Dacia Sandero lineup is here and looking sharp
2021 is going to be a good year!
After a month of sitting and waiting for Dacia to release some information on the new Sanderos, we finally have it and it may just have saved 2020.
The brand new 2021 Sandero and Stepway have just been unveiled and they look really quite good. This is now the third generation of Sandero and it still has the same things in mind: it offers simple, spacious, reliable and robust vehicles with no unnecessary frills, at the most competitive price.
Thanks to a whole new platform, the new model offers increased active and passive safety features, new engines - including petrol and LPG Bi-Fuel, a new automatic transmission and an all-new six-speed manual.
New Sandero Design:
Other than that, some other things have been done to the little Romanian devil too. Let's start with the exterior which has been completely overhauled. It now features much sharper edges and all-new Y-shaped LED lights which are offered as standard and increase night-time visibility, with a 37% increase in beam length and 9% in beam width.
You will also notice more pronounced wheel arches which house 15-inch wheels. There are also some newly designed door handles and most variants come with an electric boot release on the lower tailgate section. There's also a new shape given to the doors and wing mirrors which have been designed to improve the car’s aerodynamics while reducing air noise all occupants.
New Sandero Stepway design:
As for the Stepway, this comes with 174 mm ground clearance (an increase of 41 mm compared with the Sandero), roof bars, wheel arch cladding and specifically textured reinforced door bottoms for a more crossover-like design.
Standard versions of the Stepway are fitted with 16-inch Flexwheels, while exclusive 16-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels are available on the newly introduced Prestige version.
The All-New Stepway’s modular roof bars look like regular roof bars but are adjustable. Using a key located in the glove compartment, they can be easily dismantled in just a few seconds and turned into a roof rack with a load capacity of up to 80kg.
2021 Sandero engine and powertrain:
The All-New Sandero and Stepway are fitted with a new front axle with rectangular suspension arms that provide effective shock absorption and enhanced steering. Anti-roll capacity has been improved and the wheelbase extended for greater cornering stability. In addition to this, the new engine mount has been upgraded to minimise vibrations in the cabin.
And now, both Petrol and LPG Bi-Fuel powertrains are available with Sandero and Stepway models, all of which comply with stringent Euro6D-Full emissions standards that come into effect on 1 January 2021.
There are three engine choices:
SCe 65: naturally aspirated 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine paired with a five-speed manual transmission. Available on Sandero only.
TCe 90: turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder unit paired with a six-speed manual transmission or CVT automatic transmission.
TCe 100 Bi-Fuel: new LPG bi-fuelled turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder unit paired with a six-speed manual transmission.
And now, Stop&Start is standard on all engines, which automatically turns the engine off when the car comes to a standstill, such as in traffic, restarts almost instantly.
2021 Sandero interior:
As for the interior, a few changes have been made. Both new models feature three rear seats which can accommodate three adults, while a 1/3-2/3 split-fold rear bench seat (depending on the version) brings further practicality.
The boot of the Sandero has a generous 328-litre capacity and features a flat floor with adjustable height floor with two positions.
Rear seat accommodation is especially spacious, with an additional 42mm of space compared to the outgoing models. Elsewhere, the cabin offers up to 21 litres of storage with cubby holes and pockets featured beneath the central armrest, in the front and rear doors and in the back of the front seats.
Newly designed front seats provide greater comfort and support with height adjustable headrests and new, more premium upholstery. There is now a wider range of adjustment in the front seat and steering wheel boosts comfort for the driver, while a central armrest available on Prestige versions enhances this further.
The gear lever is now shorter, while the power steering offers greater driving comfort – especially in tighter manoeuvres or in car parks – with 36% less effort required than the previous Sandero.
Standard features across the Sandero variants include a smartphone holder (removable depending on the version), an on-board computer screen and a steering wheel featuring speed limiter. Automatic headlight activation is available from Essential models and up.
Customers will also find a new automatic air-conditioning with digital display is standard on All-New Stepway Prestige, with a hands-free card featuring remote boot release available, as well as an electric parking brake, reverse camera, front and rear parking sensors and automatic windscreen wipers.
And if that wasn't enough for you, Sandero and Stepway models now offer two different multimedia systems: Media Control and Media Nav.
With Media Control, smartphones can be placed on a removable smartphone support in front of the driver and then turns into a remote multimedia system via the new free Dacia Media Control app and a Bluetooth or USB connection.
This new system allows customers to have control over the radio, music, calls, messages, sat nav apps and many other features such as Siri and Android voice recognition. This can be controlled via the steering wheel (for the radio) or behind it (sat-nav) to ensure safer driving.
Without a smartphone connected to the Media Control, radio and file playback via the USB port is also available, giving customers a wide range of options. Further equipment includes two speakers, Bluetooth and USB connection, and the 3.5-inch TFT digital display between the dials, where the radio settings are also displayed.
With the Media Nav option, the console features a large 8.0-inch touchscreen positioned at the top of the dashboard with four speakers throughout the vehicle. The screen is slightly angled towards the driver for greater visibility and ergonomics. The design is sleek, and the intuitive, easy-to-use interface is compatible with Bluetooth and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
A new ‘Car’ tab provides access to specific driver assistance and safety settings. The multimedia system now also features onboard navigation and wireless connectivity for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, plus six speakers for the sound system.
Safety tech for 2021 Sandero:
In terms of safety, the Sandero has been improved in this respect. Not only do they come with six airbags, seat belt load-limiters, front and back seat belt pretensioners and emergency call system as standard but some new features have been added too.
These include emergency brake assist as standard, blind spot warning, park assist and hill start assist.
Prices not yet announced...
Prices have not been announced yet but they will likely remain very similar to what we have now which is a starting price of £7,170 for the Sandero and £8,380 for the Stepway.