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This could be Dacia’s answer to the Nissan Juke, Opel Mokka or Peugeot 2008. Snapped up by spy photographers in an unknown location, it’s not hard to see what the model will be like, even with camouflage hiding the details.
Dacia will be shortly unveiling a more driver-oriented variant of the Sandero.
As far as power options for the car, a strong candidate is the 1.2-liter turbo Renault already uses in several of its cars, including the warm Clio GT. However, in the Clio it’s hooked up to a dual-clutch transmission as the only option, yet the mule you see below has a manual box with a six-speed knob on it.
No Sandero is currently sold with a six-speed manual, although the Lodgy is, and it’s the only Dacia that currently uses the 1.2-liter turbo. In the Lodgy it puts out 113 hp, while in the Clio that’s bumped up to 118 hp.
Additional sporty bits worth mentioning are the 17-inch Clio RS wheels, disk brakes at the back and a slightly chopped looking dual exhaust at the back. The series model will get its own bespoke rim design, different bumpers and in true Renault tradition, a checkered flag sticker of some sort…
All the models feature Cosmos Blue metallic paint as standard with styling and trim upgrades meant to reflect Dacia's traditional blue livery. All this will cost you an additional £500 compared to standard Laureate versions.
Cheapest way to buy into Dacia's Laureate Prime lineup is with the Sandero TCe 90, priced from £9,295. If you're looking for a diesel, you can spend an extra £1,000 and get the dCi 90 version, which is really the one you want between the two.
The same £1,000 difference lies between the Logan MCV Laureate Prime TCe 90 and the dCi 90 model, priced at £10,295 and £11,295 respectively.
The Duster Laureate Prime will set you back £13,995 in dCi 100 4x2 spec, while the 4x4 version will cost you an extra £2,000.
All Laureate Prime special editions feature smart dark metal alloys, dark metal gray door mirror shells, a front central armrest, electric rear windows, leather steering wheel and the latest MediaNav Evolution multimedia system.
The infotainment system has been redesigned with a full-color menu screen which even features Apple's SIRI voice recognition function.
Ten years have passed since the Logan was launched in Europe in 2005, heralding the dawn of a bright new era for the Romanian brand Dacia, whose Renault-led rebirth proved to be the catalyst for unprecedented levels of success across the continent.
To celebrate these 10 glorious years, Dacia is producing a series of special edition versions across its range, including the Sandero, Duster and Logan MCV. In the UK, this special edition will be called ‘Lauréate Prime’. True to the brand’s ethos and image, these special edition vehicles will be well-equipped while remaining simple at heart, and will come in an exclusive metallic Cosmos Blue finish.
They will stand out through their distinctive styling trims and will be equipped with a new multimedia and navigation package as standard – Dacia MEDIA NAV Evolution.
Exclusive new Cosmos Blue finish
Blue is the colour traditionally associated with the Dacia brand, and these special edition versions will pay tribute to that by including exclusive metallic Cosmos Blue paintwork as standard.
Attention to detail for the exterior
The Lauréate Prime special edition versions stand out through a series of specific styling features, including ‘Dark Metal’ alloy wheels and door mirror housings.
A carefully-appointed interior
The standard Lauréate interior is enhanced by subtle touches of blue on the upholstery and seatbelts, complimenting the Cosmos Blue metallic exterior. Tasteful grey top-stitching for the seats and special front and rear blue-edged floor mats complete the look.
The Lauréate Prime special edition versions benefit from a generous equipment specification, based on the existing top-of-the-range Lauréate trim. This includes the exclusive Cosmos Blue metallic finish, Dacia MEDIA NAV Evolution infotainment system, leather steering wheel, climate control for comfort, cruise control with speed limiter for safety and peace of mind, and electric front windows and remote central locking for convenience – all of which are ideal for motorists who use their vehicle on an everyday basis.
Dacia MEDIA NAV Evolution
Included as standard in the UK is the new-generation, user-friendly MEDIA NAV Evolution navigation system complete with a large seven-inch touch screen display. All the qualities from the original infotainment system are retained, including satellite navigation, multimedia capabilities that allow music streaming from devices through a USB, AUX or Bluetooth® connection and hands-free telephony capability.
In addition to this, Dacia MEDIA NAV Evolution adds TMC traffic information, access to social networks when connected to a smartphone via the main display and the ability to access Apple’s SIRI voice recognition function through steering wheel-mounted controls.
A special edition available with a choice of engines
The special edition versions will be available with engines from the current Dacia range and in both two- and four-wheel-drive configurations for the Duster.
Reassuring three-year/60,000 miles warranty
As with every model in the Dacia range, the Lauréate Prime special edition versions come with a three-year/60,000 miles warranty.
Full details on UK specification and pricing will be available in early Spring.