Dacia has recently revealed some design sketches for the second-gen Logan, Sandero and Sandero Stepway. The new line definitely looks better than the last one and the revamped models signal an evolution for the Romanian automaker. The aforementioned sketches, that were uploaded onto Dacia’s Facebook page, show a somewhat different vehicle than the one unveiled in Paris. Notably, Dacia’s officials have mentioned that some designs are at least three-years old so let’s not be so harsh on the the Romanian automaker.
If you’ve missed out on the Paris presentation, the Logan and Sandero are available with a 3-cylinder, 0.9-liter turbo gasoline engine that generates around 90 HP – 66 kW and a 1.2-liter version that outputs 75 HP – 55 kW. On the Diesel side, both vehicles have a 1.5-liter dCi engine that generates 75 HP – 55 kW or 90 HP – 66 kW. As a side-note, the Sandero Stepway can be ordered only with the 0.9-liter engine or the 1.5-liter, 90 HP diesel.
The Paris Motor Show brought us steamy hot news about the all-new Dacia Logan, Sandero and Sandero Stepway. Apparently, the Logan and Sandero will share the same engine lineup, begining with a small three-cylinder 898cc turbocharged gasoline unit that pumps out with 90 HP – 66 kW and 135 Nm of torque. This engine will return a fuel consumption of 5,2 liters/100km (54.3 mpg UK and 45.2 mpg US) and CO2 emissions of 120 g/km.
Both Logan and Sandero will share the 1.2-liter engine with 75 HP – 55 kW and a gas mileage of 5.9 liters /100 km (47.8 mpg UK and 39.8 mpg US). In some select markets (excluding UK), this engine will also receive an LPG version that promises lower fuel consuption and emissions.
The diesel version on the other hand can be ordered from two different output versions. A 1.5-liter dCi with either 75 HP – 55 kW and 200Nm of torque or a 90 HP – 66 kW and 220Nm. Fuel consumption is rated at 3.8 liters /100 km (or 74.3 mpg UK and 61.8 mpg US), with CO2 emissions of 99 g/km.
Next in line, the Sandero Stepway will be offered only with the 0.9-liter engine and the 1.5-liter dCi with 90 hp which is not that cool. I think that the Stepway needed a more powerful gasoline engine under the bonnet. Anyway, the petrolhead consumes 5.4 liters /100 km (52.3 mpg UK and 43.5 mpg US) while the diesel returns 4.1 liters /100 km (68.9 mpg UK and 57.3 mpg US)
Optional, the trio will be offered with Dacia’s Plug&Radio multimedia solution which is a major step forward for Dacia. The system includes a wide screen and an MP3-compatible CD player with Bluetooth support, USB sockets and fascia jack, as well as controls mounted on the steering wheel. As a bonus, the MEDIA NAV system that debuted on the Lodgy and Dokker models is now available for the Logan, Sandero and Sandero Stepway. Thumbs up Dacia!
The first pictures of the 2013 Dacia Logan have surfaced on the internet, as usual, a couple of days ahead of the Paris Motor Show. The car doesn’t look as bad as I expected but, it still boasts a couple of styling cues from its predecessor. The model has an evolutionary design with a new prominent front grille and larger headlights as well as wraparound taillights and a new trunk. If you were to cover up the front and the back of the car, you would instantly recognize the old bulky Logan.
The interior adopts a rather similar design to the old version but officials say the new model will feature higher quality materials, an infotainment system, metallic accents and contrast stitching on the seats. The new Dacia Logan looks a little more “casual” than its uptight predecessor and I believe that this might be a major step forward for Dacia.
Under the bonnet, the engine versions remain unconfirmed, but rumors state that Dacia might prepare a 0.9-liter 3-cylinder engine that outputs around 90 HP – 66kW for the Logan. We’ll just have to wait and see the official press release. Watch this space!
The new Dokker has been unveiled by Dacia at the Casablanca motor show in both MPV and utility van formats. The Dokker joins another recent model launched by Dacia, with which it pretty much shares its front end design and engine configuration. The Lodgy, a 7-seater carrier, had been unveiled earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show and, officials say, both of these new models will be available for purchase in Morocco starting from June 2012.
The Dacia Dokker MPV is a family-oriented vehicle that comes with one (or two) sliding door(s), seating for five and a slightly smaller cabin than tha Lodgy.
While the utility van Dokker features side panels instead of rear windows and a front bumper which is in contrast with the rest of the body, it will also come with an interior modulated for commercial usage.
According to the automaker, both Dokker and Lodgy will have the same 1.5 litre diesel engine configuration, ( with 90Hp to 110HP ) or the 1.6 petrol engine with 85HP. The Dacia officials also mentioned that their new 1,2 litre TCE engine will be available on the Dokker as it already is on the Lodgy.
Both cars will be assembled at the Tangiers plant in northern Morocco.
The German tuners from Elia AG who are apparently specialized in modifying Dacia, Renault and Nissan cars, have just released an upgrade package for the new Dacia Duster SUV. In terms of styling, the SUV hasn’t received too many changes but thanks to a new set of wheels and other small changes the car looks a lot more attractive than the standard model.
Elia offers three types of wheels for the Dacia Duster: a 16″ set called Elia Ventis which costs 440 Euros and two 18″ sets of wheels: Elia Opal II with a black finish priced at 740 Euros and Elia Opal II finished in silver which will cost 686 Euros.
A couple of tweaks were also made to the car’s engine where engineers from Elia managed to squeeze more power from the 1.5L DCi engine. Thanks to a plug-in chip tuning the power of the engine was raised from 110 HP to 122 HP and it also gained 25 more Nm of torque.
The first details about the new generation 2012 Dacia Logan emerged on the web today, a facelifted version that is in the final stages of development at the moment.
The new Dacia Logan was codenamed X52 and it will have exterior styling elements inspired from the new Renault Fluence in the front and modern LED daytime running lights. A leaked image from a French magazine with this new generation shows the car with a similar headlight design as the Fluence and even some of its styling lines.
The engine line-up will be probably the same as the current model with both petrol and diesel engines from Renault, between 1.4 and 1.6L. Dacia hasn’t released any official details about their refreshed 2012 Dacia Logan but we’ll keep you updated as soon as some info is released.
[Source: Ziarul Financiar]
After the successive launches of Logan, Sandero, Locan MCV and pickup, Dacia took a big step on the 4×4 market with their Dacia Duster. The Romanian brand unveiled today the production version of the Dacia Duster which will go on sale in the spring of 2010. The car is a lot different than the Duster concept unveiled by Dacia & Renault at the Geneva Motor Show back in March, but it still looks like an SUV.
The new Dacia Duster will be available in two versions: 4×2 and 4×4 and under the hood it will hide a 1.6L 16V petrol engine that will provide 110 HP but it also come with two diesel engine options: a 85 dCi and a 105 dCi. These diesel engines have low emissions of just 140g of CO2/km in the 4×2 version and 150g of CO2/km in the 4×4 version.
The 2010 Dacia Duster SUV is a tough, reliable and easy to use 4×4 which is aimed at motorists looking for a daily driver with real off road ability and of course, it’s aimed for those who want a cheaper SUV. The car measures 4.31 meters in length and 1.82 meters in width and it has a 200 mm ground clearance with an approach angle of 30 degrees and a departure angle of 35 degrees.
The production version of the Dacia Duster will come with a Bosch 8.1 ABS, en EBV electronic brakeforce distribution and emergency brake assist. The car weights only 1.180 kg in 4×2 and 1,280 kg in 4×4 and its price is going to be announced in a couple of months, depending on the market where it go on sale.
Even though the production version of the Dacia Duster isn’t ready yet, Dacia made a special competition version of their SUV that is going to compete in the Trophee Andros, an ice-racing series from France. Since Dacia is owned by Renault and the company wanted an experienced driver behind the wheel for this, no one was better for this than the well known former F1 driver, Alain Prost.
We’ve seen the first official pictures with the Dacia Duster competition version a couple of weeks ago and today we finally got to see the car in action in a video where Alain Prost is testing the car’s power and handling on an icy and gravel track. The special Dacia Duster is powered by a 3L V6 engine with 24 valves that delivers 350 HP at 7,500 rpm and 360 Nm of torque at 5,500 rpm.
The car also received a limited slip differential and a four wheel steering system that can be adjusted depending on th circuit. From this video we can clearly see that it handles really well on any surface but we have to wait and see how it actually does in the Trophee Andros.
The Dacia Duster concept was a pretty big hit at this year’s Geneva Motor Show and today Renault announced that they are going to use the Duster nameplate for Dacia’s first SUV that will enter production in early 2010. I was expecting that this SUV would look almost as the Duster concept but from the spy photos we’ve seen with it, it’s far away from that concept which was pretty interesting.
Renault also has other plans with the Dacia Duster and they announced today that they will prepare a competition version of the car that will race in the Trophee Andros and will be driver by Alain Prost. The Dacia Duster SUV will go on sale in 2010 and this competition version will feature several modifications like mechanical and power upgrades.
The car will be powered by a 3.0L V6 engine with 24 valves made by Renault-Nissan that will develop 350 HP at 7,500 rpm and a maximum torque of 360 Nm at 5,500 rpm. The competition version of Dacia Duster will also feature a limited slip differential and a four wheel steering system that can be adjusted on the circuit.
[Source: Dacia Press Release]
Dacia will be unveiling their first concept car at the Geneva Motor Show called Duster. Their very first concept has a crossover-style body with cool futuristic elements like headlights that trail off across the front fenders and rear tail lights that stretch above the rear wheels.
Renault designers from Romania and France collaborated to make this new concept with an interesting shape. Inside the car the interior has a neat modular feature: the front passenger seat slides underneath the driver’s seat on rails and it creates a lot of space to carry almost everything, even a bike inside your car. Those extra large 21″ wheels, an all glass roof and rear hinged back doors are interesting but we probably won’t see something like that from a low cost brand.
Dacia Duster will be powered with a 1.5L dCI four-cylinder diesel engine made by Renault that delivers 105 HP. The Romanian automaker said this car could accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 9.6 seconds and it will have a fuel usage of just 44.4 mpg.