The buzz is building around the brand new Dacia Logan sedan that is set to hit production lines in 2012. Codenamed the ‘X52’, the 2012 Logan is set to give the 1.25 million-selling original Logan a dynamic overhaul, bringing a new level of design and performance to a much-loved, mid-market sedan.
The last time the Logan was given an update was in 2008, when the Dacia New Logan arrived, giving the sedan a more comfortable interior and a more modern exterior. The new Logan is expected to keep the 105hp, 1.6 litre, 16 valve engine that was seen on the 2008 model, though speculation in some quarters has tipped Dacia to opt for the more environmentally friendly Euro 5 engines, which boast reduced fuel consumption and fewer CO2 emissions – a factor that moneysupermarket has speculated could help reduce the cost of car insurance.
The new Logan will feature some exciting new design elements. The design of the new Logan is expected to be heavily influenced by the new Renault Fluence, but a series of rough design sketches posted online have given rise to hopes that the 2012 Logan will be a considerably more aerodynamically styled vehicle with a more cutting edge look.
New features will include LED daytime running lights – a rarity for a low cost sedan – and Dacia will hope this sort of new technology will help the Logan to sustain the kind of popularity that has seen sales improve year on year since 2004 all the way through to 2010.
Further details on the new Logan sedan are hard to come by, besides the fact that the model will not be produced at Dacia’s Romanian headquarters due to the plant being at maximum capacity with the Duster SUV.
The new sedan may be accompanied in production by two or three other new Logans, although details on this are again unclear.
The Logan is an attractive proposition for sedan drivers across Europe, having sustained outstanding performance levels throughout its seven years of production. Moneysupermarket car insurance experts have spoken out recently about the need for drivers to shop around for the best premium but this should prove a less arduous task for Dacia Logan owners than drivers of more high performance vehicles.
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