Renault Sport has teased a new model on the Dacia Sandero budget hatchback.
The video carries the secondary title “surprise for South America”. There, and in various other markets outside of Europe, the Sandero and other Dacia products are sold under the Renault badge.
According to the announcement accompanying the video: “[The] Renault Sandero RS helps provide a specific response to the specific needs of the Latin American market. It is not intended for France and for Europe.”
Despite this pronouncement, a hotted prototype of the Sandero, wearing Dacia badges, was spotted recently in Europe. Whether it sports the same drivetrain and modifications as the Renault Sandero RS is, at this stage, unknown.
Regardless, the Renault Sandero RS marks the first time that a model originally designed by Renault for its budget-focussed Romanian brand has received the hot hatch treatment.
It hasn’t been announced, yet, what drivetrain the Sandero RS will feature.
Until the release of the RS, the most powerful petrol engine offered in the Logan-based Sandero is a 55kW/107Nm 1.2-litre mill. The gutsiest motor overall for the second-generation Sandero is actually the 66kW/220Nm variant of Renault’s 1.5-litre turbo-diesel.
Last year, Car Advice learnt that Renault Australia is giving serious consideration to launching the Dacia brand locally later this decade.
If Dacia does make it down under, its model range will likely be spearheaded by the second-generation Duster SUV, which is due to debut in either 2016 or 2017.