The next Dacia Sandero will have EV and ICE options in 2028

Dacia CEO Denis Le Vot has doubled down on his commitment to go all-electric at the last possible moment, revealing that the company will continue to develop combustion engines and strongly hinting that the next generation Dacia Sandero will continue to offer a ICE powertrain – although an EV is very likely.

Speaking to reporters ahead of the Paris motor show, Le Vot said the company would not pursue an all-electric range by 2030, either in Europe or globally, as it would threaten the brand’s position as one of the most affordable on the market.

But, when Dacia launches its first mainstream electric car (its Spring EV is only available in parts of Europe), it will most likely be based on the Sandero, confirmed Gilles Le Borgne, engineering director of the Renault group.

“We can make a multi-energy car [both ICE and EV versions] for Dacia if needed,” he said. “We are well prepared. Sooner or later we know that we need multi-energies and we can do it without any problem. There is no date yet but the next Sandero is an ideal candidate for it.

The Vot recalled that, when that time comes, Dacia will electrify itself as cheaply and efficiently as possible by “leveraging the assets” of the wider Renault group, using the technology and architecture developed by its parent company for its own electric cars, thus significantly saving on development costs.

This means that any electric Sandero will be based on the Renault-Nissan CMF BEV platform, which shares major components with the CMF-B architecture currently used by Dacia and intended to continue under a next-generation combustion car – which potentially means ICE and EVs could be built on the same line.

A combustion option for the next-generation hatchback is tied to Le Vot’s ambition for Dacia “to be the champion of low-carbon ICE.”

He cited the Romanian company’s experience in using liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) as a way to run conventional ICEs more efficiently and cleaner. “We will continue to work on low-carbon ICE [technology] for the future,” he continued, clarifying that he was referring to Dacia’s in-house engineers, but without giving further details on how they will seek to achieve this.

“The Sandero is going to have two generations before it hits 2035, which is the legal shutdown – if that happens – for ICE in general,” he said, suggesting that the next-generation Sandero (or an equivalent sedan B-segment) could arrive in 2028 or 2029 with an ICE powertrain, for sale alongside an ICE-powered next-generation Dacia Duster SUV (launched in 2024) and the 2025 Bigster SUV, which will last until 2032 respectively and 2033.

Kevin A. Perras