NEW RENAULT SANDERO IN A CLASS OF ITS OWN
The all-new Renault Sandero puts a fresh and innovative spin on the South African affordable car market.
- Fresh and refined styling with the adoption of Renault’s new design identity.
- Fitted with the 66kW Turbo petrol engine shared with New Clio, New Sandero combines optimum driving pleasure with very low fuel consumption (5.2l/100 km combined cycle NEDC).
- The safest car in its class with unique safety features standard across the range: Emergency Brake Assist (coupled with ABS), Electronic Stability Programme, Hill Start Assist, etc.
- Standard super-smart technologies include Bluetooth® connectivity, multi-function fingertip radio controls, ECO mode, etc.
- The upper-level Dynamique Turbo 66kW offers specifications never seen in its segment like side front airbags and cruise control plus speed limiter.
- New Sandero’s unbeatable product DNA sets new standards in the disputed affordable car market.
GOOD. BETTER. BEST-IN-CLASS… the NEW RENAULT SANDERO HATCH is on dealer showroom floors and in its pre-winter warm-up lap, is all set to etch its name into the hearts and minds of South African motorists.
How much does the Renault Sandero Cost in South Africa? – The Renault Sandero starts at R133 900 in South Africa depending on the configuration.
Every now and then, a car that ticks all the boxes comes along. New Sandero is one of this kind: modern and refined design, F1-inspired performance-plus engine boasting excellent fuel economy (5.2l/100km combined cycle NEDC), unique-in-segment safety level and the inclusion of ‘big car’ features and smart technology, this newcomer is way ahead of its competitors.
“What you see is a vehicle fully representative of Renault’s heritage with every gene rooted in Renault’s DNA.” says Wayne van der Merwe, product manager for New Sandero.
Because of its unparalleled value proposition, New Sandero is set to become the new reference among cars priced under R150,000, a strategic segment which weights no less than 60,000 sales per annum.
DEFINED BY DESIGN
Youthful and modern styling exudes a mix of discernible quality and refinement. While Renault’s ubiquitous, centre-piece diamond-shaped badge dominates the black grille and underscores the brand’s new design identity, a trendy, integrated roof spoiler, body-coloured side mirrors and 15″ wheels standard across the range, add to its up-to-the-minute exterior appeal.
“The large headlamps and wide grille make for an expressive appearance. With its large ratio of metal to glazed surfaces, the profile exudes robustness and this impression is reinforced by the sculpted body, prominent wheel arches and hollow flanks. The pronounced advance in the lower windscreen makes for a sleek silhouette and improved aerodynamics” … David Durand, New Sandero design director.
Inside the cabin, the quality of the materials used is tangible. To optimise driving pleasure, the dashboard features a sophisticated cluster with chrome detailing around the dials and boasts an array of techno-smart yet practical instrumentation.
The upper-version Dynamique Turbo 66kW pushes the boundaries in terms of refinement with standard 15″ alloy wheels, front fog lights with chrome surrounds and body-coloured door handles. The perceived quality of the interior treatment is also impressive, with seats covered with dark padded fabric upholstery, chrome door handles and, as a truly classy touch, leather-clad steering wheel and gear lever knob.
The attention paid to shape the seductive curves of New Sandero did not deter Renault designers from considering practical uses: New Sandero easily accommodates driver and four adult passengers plus luggage. Its best-in-class boot capacity (292 litres) can be even improved thanks to its 60/40 split rear bench, standard across the range.
F1 TECHNO-TRANSFER BOOSTS ENGINE PERFORMANCE & FUEL ECONOMY
Renault was the first engine manufacturer to introduce Turbo technology to F1 in 1977. The tools and talents used to design powerful, efficient and reliable F1 power plants are a key advantage when developing new technologically advanced engines for road-going cars.
Thanks to this expertise, Renault is today the most advanced brand globally with regards to engine downsizing. Indeed, as confirmed by JATO Dynamics in their annual report A Review of New Car CO2 Emissions across Europe 2013, Renault is today the best performing brand, in terms of fuel efficiency and CO² emission, with a weighted average of 110.1g/km.
Such an impressive achievement is underpinned by the technological superiority of a new generation of recently launched petrol and diesel engines such as 1.6 dCi (R9M), Turbo 66kW (H4Bt) and Turbo 85kW (H5Ft). These new engines literally tick all the boxes: exciting performance, best-in-class fuel economy and reliability.
“The tremendous success met by our recently launched New Clio Turbo 66kW and Duster SUV 1.5 dCi show that the South African clients are as enthusiastic about fuel-efficient engines as their peers from overseas, provided they understand that there is no compromise to be made in term of performance and driving pleasure” says Fabien Payzan, marketing & communication vice-president at Renault South Africa. “The choice we made to offer New Sandero with our brilliant Turbo 66kW engine is true to the progressive DNA of Renault: access to highly efficient and technologically advanced engines is no longer reserved to expensive cars“.
New Sandero is the only model of its class to offer a petrol Turbo engine.
Also fitted in Clio, the new generation 3 cylinder 900cc Turbo 66kW power plant (code name: H4Bt) is highly efficient, thanks to its 100% aluminium block, its low inertia turbo, variable valve timing (VVT) and innovative solutions transferred from Formula 1:
- Diamond-Like Carbon (DLC) coated cam followers & Graphite-Coated piston-skirts are high-tech surface treatments with low friction coefficients used in F1. Internal friction is reduced by 20% and more which translates to less wear and tear, reduced fuel consumption plus improved performance, quality and reliability overall.
- Engine Architecture à High Tumble Strategy: thanks to hard work on internal engine aerodynamics, flow of the fuel mix inside the combustion chamber is optimised for fast, stable combustion; the air turns quicker in the chamber (twice on average) which allows near instantaneous combustion.
New Sandero Turbo 66kW reaches a top speed of 175 km/h and speedily accelerates, from 0 to 100km/h, in only 11.1s.
The spritely personality of the Turbo 66kW engine exudes from its engaging sound as well as its best-in-class responsiveness in all conditions, thanks to its steady low-end torque which reaches a maximum of 135Nm from 2,500rpm, 90% of which being available from 2,000rpm.
“Thanks to its low-end torque, the Turbo 66kW engine performs better than a 1.4 litre or 1.5 litre 4-cylinder normally aspirated petrol engine” says Wayne van der Merwe. “This is particularly evident at the reef, where the turbo almost offsets the negative effect on the performance generated by the altitude”.
New Sandero Turbo 66kW boasts an impressive fuel consumption of 5.2 litres/100km only (combined cycle NEDC), which is far better than its class mates and surprisingly low considering the performance and size of the new model. “You would expect such a low fuel consumption from a small city car – this is how impressive the fuel consumption of New Sandero Turbo 66kW is” says Wayne van der Merwe.
New Sandero Turbo 66kW emits only 119g CO² and is therefore exempt from CO² emission tax.
- ECO mode economy
ECO mode function is available on Renault’s 66kW Turbo petrol engine and by electronically modifying the engine’s response at the push of a button, enables drivers to automatically optimise fuel consumption and correct energy-wasting driving parameters to achieve even greater economy. ECO mode adjusts engine operation within acceptable limits and can reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by as much as 12% depending on driving styles and road conditions.
The development of the Turbo 66kW engine has taken into account the most stringent constraints with regards to running costs. A significant reduction of maintenance costs is generated by the replacement of the conventional cambelt with a silent timing chain that has lifetime durability and requires zero maintenance. Furthermore, high reliability is assured by extensive testing which includes 20,000hrs of endurance tests on bench and 800,000 km of severe vehicle tests.
“In terms of power, performance and fuel economy, Renault wanted to make a real breakthrough in the disputed category of affordable cars and we believe that the Turbo 66kW will do exactly that” explains Wayne van der Merwe.
THE SAFEST CAR OF ITS CLASS
New Renault Sandero is, without question, the safest car in its class as it offers – standard across the range – safety features usually the reserve of ‘higher class’ models.
ABS + EBD (Electronic Brake Force Distribution) + EBA
Emergency Brake Assist (EBA)
The Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) now comes with EBA which kicks in and automatically applies maximum brake pressure when emergency braking conditions are detected. Maximum pressure is applied from the onset of braking and remains until the ABS trigger threshold is reached. EBA shortens braking distance by up to nine metres or up to 25%.
Interesting to note is that research has revealed that more than 90% of drivers fail to brake with sufficient force in emergency situations.
ESP + ASR (traction control)
Electronic Stability (Control) Programme (ESP)
Ensures vehicle stability and assists the driver to avoid possible loss of control; detects and reduces loss of traction (on slippery road surfaces, for example) and reduces engine power and brakes on independent wheels in the event of loss of control.
Hill Start Assist
HSA is automatically activated (upon complete stop) as soon as an incline of at least 10% is detected. The system is engaged by stepping firmly on the brake and prevents any backward movement for long enough to pull off without needing to use the handbrake. When stepping off the brake, the car will hold for approximately three seconds to allow pull off with no roll-back.
With regards to passive safety, New Sandero also offers safety features ‘beyond its class’.
Indeed, over and above front seat belts with load limiters and ISOFIX fasteners for child and baby seats, New Sandero is the only car in its category to offer a three-point safety belt at the central rear seat.
Also unique in its segment, the Dynamique variant comes standard with front side airbags.
In line with Renault’s uncompromising stance on safety, the body structure has reinforced programmed crumple zones and the shape, thickness and rigidity of the front bumper and bonnet area are designed for improved impact absorption.
SUPER-SMART TECHNOLOGIES & SPECS
As with the standard safety features outlined, it’s the host of standard smart technology fitments and features that also sets New Renault Sandero apart from its class peers.
New Sandero Expression Turbo 66kW
The base version gives its occupants the confidence of driving the safest car of its class thanks to an unrivalled standard safety package which comprises ABS+EBD coupled with Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), dual front airbags, Electronic Stability Program (ESP) with anti-skid regulation (ASR) and Hill Start Assist (HSA).
The Expression variant also offers the most up-to-date on-board experience as it comes standard with electric front windows, remote central locking, a Double Din radio MP-3 compatible CD player with USB connection and a Bluetooth® connectivity enabling safe and convenient hands-free telephony plus music streaming from external devices.
Both the radio and the Bluetooth® connectivity can be actioned through the typical Renault fingertip controls, located behind the steering wheel.
New Sandero Dynamique Turbo 66kW
The upper-version Dynamique distinguishes itself through its sophisticated design package
(15″ alloy wheels, front fog lights with chrome surrounds and body-coloured door handles), completed by electric rear windows and electrically adjustable side mirrors. Furthermore, it offers standard features never seen in this segment, like front side airbags and cruise control plus speed limiter.
- Cruise control together with speed limiter. The system electronically maintains a steady speed as set by the driver for a more comfortable and safer drive on highways and open roads (and to help avoid being caught on speed cameras!) and is operated from a button located on the steering wheel.
INDUSTRY LEADING WARRANTY & STANDARD SERVICE PLAN
Renault’s Complete Peace of Mind kicks in as soon as the deal is done.
All New Sandero come with Renault’s industry-leading five-year/150 000km warranty completed by a standard two-year/30 000km service plan (service intervals: 15,000 km).
According to Renault’s objective to be positioned in the TOP 5 in terms of parts affordability, New Sandero’s running costs will be very moderate, in line with the previous generation (ranking at Number 3 of its segment, according to Malcom Kinsey’s 2013 report).
Renault South Africa keeps more than 17 000 spare parts available in its local warehouse situated in Rosslyn (Pretoria) and the company makes sure that more than 95% of these parts are delivered in less than 24h to every Renault dealer nationwide.
New Renault Sandero Pricing South Africa (including standard Service plan)
- NEW SANDERO Expression Turbo 66kW 5-door R133 900 (including Aircon)
- NEW SANDERO Dynamique Turbo 66kW 5-door R141 500
Standard paint colour options include White and Navy Blue (both solid) and an optional range of fresh new metallic colour variants (R2,500): Flame Red, Mercury Silver, Pearl Black, Beige and Persian Blue (New Renault Sandero’s signature launch colour).