Dacia reportedly making £5,000 city car

Currently Dacia, which is owned by Renault, already offers the current cheapest new car available, courtesy of the Sandero supermini which starts at £5,995.

According to a report from Auto Express, however, Dacia are now set to launch an ever smaller and cheaper car then the Sandero to European markets. To achieve this goal, the Dacia city car will in all likelihood be based on the Renault Twingo, the French manufacturer’s own city car.

An all-new generation model of the Renault Twingo is set to launch to European markets including the UK during the second half of this year. The new Dacia city car, however, will reportedly, be based on the older outgoing Twingo platform, a move that could save considerably on costs.

This sort of move is not unusual for Dacia, since the latest Sandero is actually based on the previous-generation Renault Clio.

While the bold new Twingo will use a rear-engined and rear-wheel drive powertrain, the current Twingo has a more traditional front-engined and front-wheel drive set-up. This will almost certainly be passed on to a new Dacia city car.

The new Dacia city car will probably offer the same engine as the outgoing Renault Twingo. That means it could use a 1.2-litre petrol engine with 75bhp. With this unit the outgoing Twingo can go from a standstill to 60mph in 12.3 seconds and reach a top speed of 105mph.

The standard equipment list for this new Dacia city car will likely be very limited. However, with such a low starting price a car like this could still find a large audience, particularly among young motorists and first time new car buyers.

In the year-to-date the Dacia brand has already registered over 1,000 new cars in the UK market, vastly out-performing many other budget car brands in operation. It’s only been just over a year since Dacia first officially launched in the UK but already its clear the brand has found a niche in the market.

Dacia’s new city car will reportedly arrive to dealerships by late 2015. It could potentially rival a brand new budget small car from Vauxhall, which is also in the works according to online reports.

Vauxhall’s budget small car is rumoured to have a starting price between £6,000 and £7,000.