The Sandero represents basic motoring done well, for those who really want it.

The small hatchback has been on sale with relatively minor changes since 2012, yet it enjoyed its best year of sales across Europe in 2018. The Renault-owned brand has been in no hurry to renew it, but it’s expected that the new model will be unveiled late this year ahead of sales commencing in 2021.

Although these latest shots still show the car wearing a heavy disguise, they reveal more of the front bumper and bonnet than previous spy images have shown.

While the new car doesn’t revolutionise the Sandero formula, its shape has progressed a bit, with a clamshell bonnet, a curvier front end, a wider stance and detail upgrades including pull-out door handles to replace the current top-hinged items. A pronounced rising beltline can also be seen in the side profile.