Dacia Sentry : Alexandru-Călin Țicărat
The main objective for this project was to envision the next Dacia sedan fit for the upcoming decade, while keeping up with the modern world trends. As a starting point the Dacia Sentry project focuses on delivering a successor for the Dacia 1300 while keeping in its composition modern Dacia design features. Nowadays our world draws closer and closer towards an electrifying future, which is why Alex decided to focus my attention on a sporty 5 seater sedan powered by 100% electric energy.
The design target for Dacia Sentry is to keep it as minimalistic as possible, without complicated surface workflow in order to be easily recognizable while delivering unique aesthetics. Why Alex decided to focus on a successor for the 1300? This particular vehicle has had a major impact in the last century in his country (Romania), becoming a symbol for the Dacia brand during the communists era. Remembered by many as a jewelry, this vehicle caught his eye and motivated him enough to create a successor version of what it used to be.
No matter how many shortcomings Dacia 1300 had in its time, there is something that still holds in its people soul: the nostalgia. Many have learned to drive a car on a 1300, while others have learned mechanics on it. This particular vehicle was a medium sized family car that was built during the cold war by the Romanian automaker Dacia and left the assembly line on 23 August 1936. Just one month before its 35th anniversary, on 21 July 2004, the last Dacia 1300 rolled out the gates of the Mioveni production facility. The number ‘1300’ stand for the engine displacement.
The Dacia Sentry concept was built in order to adapt the old vintage lines and silhouette in a more premium way by looking in the past and reinterpret it with an eye for the future. The hood lines and the front fascia were designed to match its predecessor in a more advanced and innovative way, while the rear brings to the concept a more unique and fresh look. Being an electric prototype, the front is lacking the traditional Dacia grill, but in exchange it is equipped with small air intakes located in the headlights composition and on the extremes sides of the vehicle, which are well baked in the front facial construction.
As for the silhouette, it is built to be as dynamic and sporty as possible with a long hood and a coupe-ish accelerated shape towards the rear. Opposite to the 1300, the vehicle’s design language shots towards a more friendly and fluid architecture compared to its predecessor’s sharp and boxy shaped design. On the other hand, the top composition is designed to increase the visibility and orientation factor of its passengers by having a long rear and front windshield, divided by a H-shaped element.
Alexandru-Călin Țicărat is a designer from Oradea, Romania and he had studied industrial design (Bachelor degree at University of Oradea) and transportation design (Master’s Diploma at IED Torino). Currently he is working for Changan Europe located in Rivoli, Italy as an exterior production designer. He is a dedicated person who likes to design automotive concepts often inclined towards innovation and technical based design. When it comes to projects he likes to believe that he is a hard working person
who is responsible with the outcome of a project.