Updated lighting, chrome grille trim, and interior tweaks bring more style to these budget-friendly models.

Dacias don’t have to look boring just because they are affordable, and at the Paris Motor Show the inexpensive brand refreshes the looks of its popular Sandero, Sandero Stepway, and Logan MCV wagon. The company also adds a new 1.0-liter three-cylinder as the entry-level gasoline engine for the products.

The major changes for the updated Dacias come at the front where the designers give them rectangular trim in the grille that matches the style of the latest Duster. The square-shaped LED running lights match the motif, and the headlights have sharper edges. The models are also a little flashier thanks to a little extra chrome around the intake. There are more quadrilaterals at the back because the taillights now use illuminated squares.

Dacia facelifts 2016 Paris Motor Show
Dacia facelifts 2016 Paris Motor Show

The changes inside, like new upholstery fabrics, make these budget-friendly vehicles look at little fancier. There’s a new four-spoke steering wheel, and models with higher trims levels get it in what the company calls “Soft Feel finish.” Rear passengers benefit from a 12-volt socket for charging devices and a cup holder on the back of the center console. For some bling, the air vent surrounds, trim strip, and center console fascia now feature a satin-effect chrome finish. The Sandero Stepway features chrome door releases, too.

Dacia is also keeping up with the times by offering a rearview camera and Hill Start Assist on some trims of the Logan MCV, Sandero and Sandero Stepway. These models aren’t very hard to maneuver at low speeds already, but the upgrades should make things even easier.

Dacia is also keeping its powertrains fresh, too. This trio of models is now available with the new SCe 75 gasoline engine. The 1.0-liter three-cylinder powerplant produces 75 horsepower (56 kilowatts). Duster buyers can also look forward to the choice of an automatic transmission because the popular model gets Dacia’s Efficient Dual Clutch gearbox.

At least for the United Kingdom, the updated Dacias go on sale in early 2017. You can get a great preview of them in the gallery.

Source: Dacia

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