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Dacia Sandero Stepway Is Duster’s Younger Sibling

Dacia Sandero Stepway

Dacia has launched the 2012 Sandero Stepway, which shares its platform with the successful Sandero hatchback. The Dacia Sandero Stepway is a sub-compact hatchback with off-road capabilities and can be a cheaper alternative to company’s other successful product, the Duster. The Renault Duster is performing quite well in the Indian market and could further be more successful if it would have been less than 4-metres in length (to avail the excise benefit provided by the government). With the Sandero Stepway, Renault may look forward to an aggressive price, as its compact dimensions helps to aggressively price the product.

The Dacia Sandero Stepway has been built on the B0 platform with the aim of providing it off-road capabilities. The vehicle has a 40 mm higher ground clearance than the Sandero, redesigned front end, front and rear skid plates, new roof rails and new 16-inch flexwheels rims. The interiors have got the usual Dacia badging with two tone dashboard, embroidered upholstery and other standard features. The Sandero Stepway will be initially available in two variants; base and a feature packed model which will come with navigation system, cruise control, speed limiter and rear parking sensors.

The Dacia Sandero Stepway will have both petrol and diesel options. The petrol model will be powered by a 898cc, 3-cylinder, turbocharged TCe 90 petrol engine which produces a power output of 90 BHP at 5250 RPM and a peak torque of 135 Nm. It gives an impressive mileage of 22 km/l and claims to deliver a smooth and responsive drive from lower engine speeds. The diesel model will be powered by the 1.5-litre dCi engine that produces a power output of 90 HP and a peak torque of 220 Nm at 1750 RPM. The diesel engine gives a mileage of 29 km/l and comes with Dacia eco2 signature for lower emissions. We hope to see the Sandero Stepway on sale in India with a price range of Rs. 5-7 lakh. which may poise a strong competition in its segment.

Dacia Sandero Stepway Interiors

2013 Dacia Sandero Stepway

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2013 Dacia Sandero Stepway India

2013 Sandero Stepway

2013 Sandero Stepway Compact SUV

2013 Renault Sandero Stepway

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  • karikor September 29, 2012, 2:16 pm

    Renault has done very well with the Duster. Infact I’m sure it’s more than what they had expected in India. Now Renault is a household name in the compact SUV segment in India; ofcourse I can’t say about cars in the other segments. So Renault should not rest on its laurels and should strike the iron when it s still hot. The Renault/Dacia Sandero Stepway could definitely create serious problems for the Mahindra Quanto and the 5-7 lakhs Compact SUV/MUV/MPV segment. I hope to see this in India in the next 12 months or so. Go Renault GO !!!!!

    • Faisal Khan September 30, 2012, 12:07 am

      Karikor, I think the Lodgy will be brought before the Sandero Stepway.

      • Intesar December 28, 2012, 3:52 pm

        I say, bring it together! Platform is different, segment is different.. I am not going for Duster cos I do not want that big car in the city driving condition, neither the 7-seater Lodgy. But Sandero Getaway? BRING IT ON RENAULT!!!

  • Ankit verma September 29, 2012, 5:30 pm

    Yeah for sure this car will be a hit!! I mean just look at the grills and finish to the body edges, looks worth more than 8 lac. Renault is trying to take up the indian market in its segment. Started of with Logan then Pulse, scala, duster, fluence, koleos and now sandero too.. Tough competition for M&M.

    • Faisal Khan September 30, 2012, 12:08 am

      Ankit, what ever said and done, Mahindra still manages to sell a good amount of vehicles as it has good rural reach.

  • karikor September 30, 2012, 9:43 pm

    Totally agree with Faisal, it will be difficult to shake Mahindra up as its roots are well entrenched in the Indian market. However we also won’t mind being spoilt for choce ;)

  • Adi October 8, 2012, 11:59 am

    Very bold looking….priced below the duster and it would eat up a lot of other car’s shares….

  • dharmendra December 4, 2012, 5:41 pm

    For me if they lauch this sandhero stepway 2013 in india at a price range of 5-7 in petrol and diesel both than this vehile will the strongest competator for other vehicles including hatchback, sedan and small suv and for me Sandhero stepway will the clear winner among all.

    • Faisal Khan December 5, 2012, 12:45 am

      Dharmendra, Renault seems to going slow now after doing 5 launches. Maybe the Sandero can get them more market share but it remains to be seen how they price it in India.

      • Intesar May 14, 2013, 3:36 pm

        Faisal, which are the 5 models for 2013? Any idea?

        • Faisal Khan May 14, 2013, 11:58 pm

          Intesar, 5 models are done. It was by 2013 – Fluence, Koleos, Pulse, Scala and Duster.

          • Intesar May 23, 2013, 2:58 pm

            Hi Faisal, Renault has launched Sandero Stepway in Russia. The front is different, I suspect this tweak is done to bring the length of Stepway < 4 mts (currently 4020 mm). If I am correct, this would be the first step for Stepway making to the Indian market ;)

  • Abhi December 7, 2012, 11:21 am

    planning to buy a new car and I was much impressed by sandero stepway.could it launch by mid 2013

  • Khan January 13, 2013, 3:06 am

    these are made in Romania. and actually called Dacia sandero and Dacia Duster. Dacia is a brand owned by Renault.

  • Sanoj August 11, 2013, 1:30 pm

    Happy to see renault making their launch again. Otherwise it will be a monopoly in the Indian market. And people in India want renault to make their root strong. People trust renault diesel engines bcoz of the quality they proved through Logan & Duster. May be Duster not preffered bcoz of the size. Hoping Sandero Stepway will get a compact size. If so this will be an answer to Ford Ecosport. Pls inform me on the launch.


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