Renault Brazil has unveiled the 2020 Sandero hatchback, a perfect product for India to compete against Maruti Suzuki Swift and Hyundai Grand i10
Renault has announced a second-go in India at the recently held global unveil of the Triber MPV and suggested that they realize the mistakes made and India is a tough market to crack. To give their second innings a reality touch, Renault has planned an onslaught of product launches in the coming months, starting from the Triber.
However, one product that’s not on the list of the probable launches for the Renault in India is the Sandero hatchback. Launched back in 2014, two years after Dacia debuted the second-generation Sandero, the Renault-badged version will now get a proper update for the 2020 model.
This is not an all-new model but as per the images revealed by Renault Brazil, it packs several updates, especially at the front and rear end that get a heavily revised look. At the front, the headlights receive minor updates including a C-shaped LED signature DRLs. The grille is also different and the bumper is more sportier.
At the rear, the 2020 Renault Sandero receives new taillights that adopt a more Renault-esque design with a new LED signature. The rear bumper is also revised. The last time Sandero got an update was a minor facelift in 2016.
There aren’t yet any photos of the interior, but the hatchback will get improvements over the outgoing model, such as revised seating surfaces, dashboard, and door panels. The 2020 Renault Sandero will continue to be built in Curitiba, Brazil for the local market and other Latin American countries. In India though, it will be locally produced at the company’s plant.
The images show that the 2020 Renault Sandero sporting a 1.6 badge, which means it’s powered by a SCe 116 naturally-aspirated unit that produces 115 PS. There’s also an ethanol fueled engine with 118 PS of maximum power. The engine is mated to a CVT. However, for India, Renault can opt for a smaller 1.0 SCe unit that will be available in the India-spec Triber. This will make the hatchback more efficient and affordable.
If Renault plans to bring the Sandero to India, it will go against the Hyundai Grand i10 and Maruti Suzuki Swift. The new vehicle will be priced close to Rs 5 Lakh.