Dacia Sandero Stepway unveiled at the Barcelona Motor Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on May 7, 2009

The Romanian carmaker Renault will be coming out with a Sandero Stepway, a model that will join the cheaper Dacia Logan and Sandero in the Dacia-Renault product line, and which will be shown in two simultaneous shows, one at the Barcelona Motor Show and the other in Paris at the L'Atelier Renault showroom.

The Dacia Sandero Stepway will be the European version of the Renault Sandero Stepway which is currently in the markets of Brazil and produced by Renault in its Curitiba plant. Both versions share about 80 percent of parts, together with roofbars and bumpers both at the front and rear.

The Dacia version will be reaching dealerships in Europe by September this year and can be ordered by July. Depending on the market, there will be two powerplant arrangement that will be offered: a 1.6-liter gasoline engine with 90hp and a dCI 70 diesel unit. The fuel efficiency of the Dacia Stepway is rated at 7.6 liters per 100km (30.9mpg) for the gasoline variant and 5.3 liters per 100km (44.3mpg) for the diesel variant.

The Dacia Stepway, patterned after the Ambience version, will come with three standard color options: Cosmete Grey, Mercury Grey and Ruby Red.

Included in the standard equipment are Bosch 8.1 ABS with electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD) and emergency brake assist (EBA) together with airbags for both driver and passenger at the front, exterior mirrors in Chrome, chrome grill trim, 16 inch aluminum alloys, exhaust tailpipe in chrome and headlight masks in black. All models will come with a three year or 100,000 km warranty, or whichever comes first.

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Dacia Sandero Stepway

Dacia Sandero Stepway's trailblazing looks are a sure sign that it was born for adventure. Its raised ground clearance (up 20mm compared with the Dacia Sandero hatchback), black and body-coloured bumpers - which house the satin-finish chrome front and rear skid-plates -, foglamps and longitudinal roofbars (black and satin-finish chrome) ensure that Dacia Sandero Stepway is in its element whatever the type of road.

Dacia Sandero Stepway combines sporty appeal and refinement thanks to details such as its black headlamp masks, chrome grille trim, 16-inch aluminium alloy wheels (depending on market), satin-finish chrome exterior mirrors, door handles and sills, and chrome exhaust tailpipe which all contribute to the model's assertive personality. Inside, the specific black upholstery with visible white stitching combines with the Stone Grey centreconsole fascia, air vents, steeringwheel rim and door grab handles to add a touch of elegance to Dacia Sandero Stepway's adventurous appearance.

This forceful vehicle features Stepway branding on the front doors and front chrome door sills, while decorative graphics for the sides of the rear wings are also available as accessories.


In addition to its unmistakable individual character, Dacia Sandero Stepway boasts the same strengths that have helped forge the success of its elder, the compact Sandero hatchback, namely a roomy interior, safety, reliability and an unbeatable performance and equipment package for its price.

Dacia Sandero Stepway is a particularly spacious vehicle which can seat up to five tall adults thanks to its generous dimensions. It also delivers record carrying capacity thanks to its 320dm3 VDA boot which extends to 1,200dm3 VDA with the rear seats folded.

Dacia Sandero Stepway's safety equipment includes Bosch 8.1 ABS with electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD) and emergency brake assist (EBA), plus driver and front passenger airbags.

Built on the B0 platform, Dacia Sandero Stepway's boasts robustness and quality, and also benefits from extensive anti-corrosion treatment (underbody, sill and wheel arch gravel protection, wax-injected hollow sections, etc.).

Dacia Sandero Stepway is based on the Ambiance version (central locking, power steering, etc.) and, in addition to its specific styling details, features a long list of comfort-related equipment, including a 60/40-split folding rear benchseat and foglamps for enhanced visibility at night-time and in fog. A choice of three metallic finishes is available as standard: Mercury Grey, Comète Grey and Ruby Red.

Drivers will particularly appreciate the slightly raised driving position, while the pleasure felt at the wheel of Dacia Sandero Stepway is further enhanced by the performance of the 1.6 MPI 90hp petrol and dCi 70hp diesel engines (depending on market), two powerplants which have already shown their worth under the bonnet of other Dacia models. Thrifty combined cycle fuel consumption of 7.6 and 5.3 litres/100km respectively only adds to the appeal of the 1.6 MPI and dCi 70 versions of Dacia Sandero Stepway. Last but not least, Dacia Sandero Stepway dCi 70 emits just 140g of CO2/km, making it eligible the Dacia eco² signature.

In keeping with the Dacia brand's philosophy, Sandero Stepway boasts an unbeatable performance and equipment package for its price and is due to go on sale from September 2009 in the majority of its European markets.


Dacia Sandero Stepway is the European version of Renault Sandero Stepway, one of the Renault's range's latest additions in Brazil which is manufactured at the brand's Curitiba plant. More than 80 per cent of the parts developed especially for Dacia Sandero Stepway (like the roofbars and front and rear bumpers) are shared by the South American version.

Renault Sandero Stepway is marketed in Brazil and Argentina where more than 2,700 units have already been sold between its launch at the end of 2008 and the end of March 2009. Renault Sandero Stepway's assertive looks have contributed to the success of Renault Sandero which has enjoyed sales of 59,000 units up to the end of March 2009 in South America.

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