Renault is preparing a hotter Renaultsport-tuned version of the Sandero hatch sold under its budget ‘Dacia’ brand in Europe and other markets.
But, unlike the regular Sandero, the Sandero RS won’t be offered in Europe. Instead, the new special will be used to build the Renaultsport brand’s image in emerging markets like Brazil and Russia.
The latter is also the reason this new teaser, released today, reveals the Renault diamond in place of the usual Dacia badge: although the Sandero is available in Russia, the Dacia brand is not. So, there, it is the Renault Sandero.
As with Russia’s regular Sandero, the RS model will wear the familiar Renault grille, along with a bumper design inspired by the smaller Clio RS hatch.
Technical details for the new hot - or likely ‘warm’ - hatch, although Renaultsport boss Patrice Ratti revealed at last year’s Moscow motor show that with the Sandero actually weighing less than the Clio, big power would not be necessary.
In its regular form, the Sandero’s most powerful engine in Russia is a 75kW 1.6 litre engine, while the hero Clio RS we get in Australia is nearly twice as powerful with 147kW on offer.
The Sandero RS should also benefit from sports-tuned springs and dampers, although a limited budget will likely see it miss out on the dual-clutch auto offered with the Clio flagship.
We won’t see the Sandero RS in Australia, but Renaultsport has confirmed it is preparing hot versions of the Captur crossover and the upcoming Kadjar - both of which could eventually make their way ‘down under’.