First launched by Renault in Brazil last year, the Sandero hatchback will be branded as the Dacia Sandero in France

First launched by Renault in Brazil last year, the Sandero hatchback will be branded as the Dacia Sandero in France, home country of Renault. Order books will open next week (May 22) and the first Sanderos are scheduled to reach dealerships on June 27 2008, right on schedule according to last years planning. The Maghreb (North West Africa) will also see the introduction on the Sandero this year, while South Africa and possibly a few other markets may welcome the hatchback in 2009.

The Dacia Sandero will be available in four trims with a choice of two engines, a 1.4 liter MPI with 75 hp and a 1.6 liter MPI with 90 hp. Prices start at Euro 7,800 for the entry level Sandero and will cost no more than Euro 10,900 for the range-topping Prestige model.

1.4 MPI 75hp

1.6 MPI 90hp

Sandero

€7,800

Ambiance

€8,500

Lauréate

€9,300

€9,800

Prestige

€10,900

The options are fairly basic for the entry level models, but fancier options are available like 15 inch alloy wheels, climate control, front head/thorax lateral airbags (includes height-adjustable front seat belts with pyrotechnical pre-tensioners and new generation fixed front headrests) and metallic paint.

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