New Dacia Sandero, Sandero Stepway and Logan debut with fresh looks


After briefly revealing the third generation Sandero, Sandero Stepway and Logan a couple of weeks ago, Dacia has now shared more details on the three cars. Since we’ve already discussed the styling in the previous post, we’ll focus on the other bits.

Speaking of which, the Sandero’s ground clearance (at 133 mm loaded) remains unchanged. The automatic LED headlights are offered as standard on all trims. The pronounced wheel arches can accommodate 15- or 16-inch wheels. From the second trim level, the car gets ‘Flexwheels’, which replicate those of real alloy wheels.

Inside, the dashboard has contemporary styling with octagonal-ish air vents and a German-ish centre console design. As standard, the car gets a smartphone holder, and a USB port right next to the instrument cluster. Dacia is also throwing in a few options: Media Control — where a smartphone can be placed on a removable smartphone support in front of the driver; Media Display with a floating 8-inch touchscreen; and Media Nav offering onboard navigation, Apple CarPlay & Android Auto connectivity, and 6 speakers.

The boot of the Sandero is claimed to offer a 328-litre capacity (+18) and features a height adjustable floor with two positions depending on the trims.


Other features would include a 3.5-inch MID, auto AC with digital display, heated front seats (from April 2021), a hands-free card with remote boot release, electric parking brake, a rearview camera, front & rear parking sensors, and automatic windscreen wipers. In a first for Dacia, an electric sunroof will be available on the new Sandero and Sandero Stepway in 2021.

As for safety, the new cars feature 6 airbags, seat belt load-limiters, front & rear seat belt pretensioners, and emergency call system (SOS button located next to the dome light). In addition, the CMF modular platform is claimed to offer superior strength and rigidity. Active safety/ADAS include Emergency Brake Assist, Blind Spot Warning, Park Assist, and Hill Start Assist.

The new Sandero Stepway boasts a ground clearance of 174 mm — an increase of 41 mm compared with the Sandero. As standard, the Stepway is fitted with the aforementioned 16-inch Flexwheels, while the exclusive 16-inch diamond-cut wheels are available in the options list. The car also gets modular roof bars, which can be adjusted using a key located in the glove box. According to Dacia, they can carry a load of up to 80 kg (176 lbs).

The Stepway gets its unique upholstery with Stepway branding and orange contrast stitching. The contrast accents can also be found on the air vents and door armrests.

The new Logan looks much smarter, thanks to an overall increase of 3.6 cm in length, a longer wheelbase and a reduced rear overhang. It boasts a luggage capacity of 528 litres — 200 litres more than the new Sandero. The loading sill has been lowered by 19 mm for easier access to the boot. As we can see in the photos, the sedan also gets a boot organizer with removable panels.

The Logan’s increased length and wheelbase have resulted in a 42 mm additional knee room for the rear passengers. They also get the airplane-style foldable tray table with a cup holder; the length can be adjusted by up to 70 mm.

Moving on to the business end of the story, all three cars are powered by a 1.0-litre 3-cylinder petrol engine in different variants –

  • SCe 65 (not available on the Stepway): entry-level naturally aspirated 1.0-litre 3-cylinder engine paired with a 5-speed manual gearbox.
  • TCe 90: turbocharged 1.0-litre 3-cylinder unit paired with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a CVT.
  • ECO-G 100: new LPG bi-fuelled turbocharged 1.0-litre 3-cylinder unit paired with a 6-speed manual gearbox.

More information here.

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