It has been over a decade since Dacia was reborn under Renault ownership, and the car that restarted it all – the eight-year old Logan – finally gets a successor. The new Logan is set for a world debut at the upcoming Paris show, alongside its hatchback sister, Sandero.

The pioneering budget model aimed at emerging markets still looks simple and no-frills, but the new design is much more contemporary and looks less cheap. Dacia’s “new, more assertive, status-enhancing styling” features a sculpted waistline, more prominent wheel arches and indented flanks. Nothing special, yes, but bear in mind that previously, it was all just flat metal.

The cabin follows the same script – basic, but much more pleasant looking, with parts that Renault owners will be familiar with. The dashboard is either in dark charcoal or two-tone, with chrome instrument bevels and modern switchgear. More shiny trim can be found on the air-con surrounds, steering wheel, door pulls and gear knob.

Dacia says that special attention has been paid to ensure an immediate impression of quality, reinforced by the materials and better fit-and-finish. I’ve driven the original before, and this cabin looks like the Ritz in comparison.

No other details have been released, so we will have to wait for Paris. Gallery and interior pic after the jump.