of the Sandero, Duster and Logan MCV, which were unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show at the beginning of March.
These luxuriously appointed models, featuring an exclusive colour scheme, are being introduced to mark 10 years since the Romanian brand re-launched in Europe in 2005, and are available for just £500 more than the existing Lauréate versions. It offers buyers the chance to own a more distinctive, more personalised car while remaining faithful to Dacia’s exceptional ‘shockingly affordable’ value-for-money ethos.
All Lauréate Prime special editions are finished in exclusive Cosmos Blue metallic paint, which pays homage to Dacia’s traditional livery. This is reflected inside each car, with blue fabric inserts on the front and rear seats, blue detailing on the floor mats and blue seat belts.
Other distinguishing exterior features are smart dark metal alloy wheels and dark metal grey door mirror shells. Additional equipment over Lauréate versions includes a front central armrest, electric rear windows, leather steering wheel and the latest MediaNav Evolution multimedia system.
This has been re-designed with a full-colour menu screen and now features Apple’s SIRI voice recognition function, full seven-digit postcode recognition and TMC live traffic information. There have been hardware improvements, and the system allows access to the AHA cloud platform via a free smartphone app. Through the seven-inch multi-media touch-screen users have access to navigation, infotainment and hands-free telephone services; can stream music via Bluetooth or a USB or AUX connection; and can connect to social networks via a smartphone.
Collectively, the addition of metallic paint, MediaNav Evolution and the Comfort Pack would cost up to £895 as options on the Lauréate (on Sandero and Logan MCV), yet they are all standard on the Lauréate Prime for a premium of just £500, embodying the very spirit of Dacia’s ‘you do the maths’ strapline.
All features that are standard on Lauréate versions have been retained on the Lauréate Prime. These include climate control, cruise control with a speed limiter, heated and electrically adjustable door mirrors, central locking and, on the Duster, satin chrome roof bars, side sills and front and rear scuff plates, as well as ESC and ASR (traction control) – both of which are standard across the whole Dacia range.
Lauréate Prime versions of the Sandero and Logan MCV are available with the 0.9-litre TCe 90 and 1.5-litre dCi 90 engines, while the Duster Lauréate Prime comes with the 1.5-litre dCi 110 engine in two- and four-wheel-drive configurations.
Version Price (OTR)
Sandero Lauréate Prime TCe 90 £9,295
Sandero Lauréate Prime dCi 90 £10,295
Logan MCV Lauréate Prime TCe 90 £10,295
Logan MCV Lauréate Prime dCi 90 £11,295
Duster Lauréate Prime dCi 110 4x2 £13,995
Duster Lauréate Prime dCi 110 4x4 £15,995