Renault’s Brazilian division has announced the completion of production of the Sandero RS. The “charged” hatchback, which has been produced since 2015 and sold in the markets of Brazil and Argentina, was equipped with a 145-horsepower two-liter engine or an ethanol-powered unit, in which case the power was 150 horsepower. They decided to exclude the model from the range due to stricter environmental standards that come into force in 2022: it is not profitable for the company to modernize the power unit.
The Sandero RS also had some technical differences from the standard model, including disc brakes on all wheels, retuned suspension and power steering, and a switchable stabilization system. From a standstill to 100 kilometers per hour, such a hatchback accelerated in eight seconds, and the maximum speed was 202 kilometers per hour.
Motor1 Brasil gives a second reason for abandoning the RS version. Rumors have it that Renault may wind down sales of the entire Logan / Sandero family in South America after the current second-generation model ends its life cycle. Earlier it was reported that in Brazil hastily curtailed preparations for the launch of the third generation Logan and Sandero, and the current generations of models will be delayed on the conveyor for another two years. In Latin American markets, the sedan and hatchback will be replaced by crossovers, in particular, the new Bigster model, which has already been promised to the Brazilians.
In addition, another SUV car is in development, which is still known under the codename HJF. It will likely be a direct successor to Sandero Stepway, based on the CMF-B platform.