Following the official announcement at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, Dacia has now introduced in France for the first time on selected models the new automatic manual Easy-R transmission.
The Romanian Dacia brand – Renault’s affordable marquee – continues to expand its lineup and model range by also offering the option of the Easy-R gearbox, which switches away from the regular hydraulic technology to an electromechanical system for “enhanced flexibility and swifter response”, as well as “greater reliability and simplified servicing” thanks to the 25 percent reduction of component count compared to the traditional automatic transmission. While this all sounds like technical words for an entry-level money saving option, Dacia says they made sure the Easy-R would keep the reliability level as high as ever, undergoing 30,000 hours of bench testing plus a total of 120,000 km of road testing. The new automatic manual transmission will be offered on the Sandero and Logan MCV models with the TCe petrol engine.
Being less costly than a regular automatic, the Easy-R adds just 600 euros to the regular price of the TCe 90 petrol engine and comes bundled with the Stop&Start system and Eco mode to ensure it doesn’t require as much fuel as a conventional automatic. In France prices for the Sandero with Easy-R start at 12,000 euros and continue at 13,200 for the Sandero Stepway, while the Logan MCV can be had starting at 13,000 euros. The Easy-R is no different than a regular automatic in operation – with the usual P (park), R (reverse), N (neutral) and D (drive) modes, as well as a manual change option.