Dacia debuts Sandero Stepway in Barcelona

8 May, 2009 12:49pm

Low-cost brand Dacia has chosen Barcelona to take the sheet of its new Sandero.

Dacia has chosen the Barcelona Motor Show to unveil a new sportier looking version of its Sandero, and they’ve called it the Stepway. Based on the hatchback of the same name, the latest car from the low-cost Romanian firm has been labelled a more adventurous version of the hatchback which is currently on sale in Europe.

With a modified design aimed at the younger market, the Stepway’s has a few slight differences to its hatchback sibling. Thanks to raised ground clearance, satin-finished chrome front and rear skid-plates and sills plus, roofbars and an exhaust finished in chrome, the new Stepway does makes more of an impression than the current car.

It’s a similar story under the bonnet too. Depending on the market, the Stepway will be available with two new engines. The first is a 90bhp 1.6-litre petrol unit, while the second will be an eco-friendly 70bhp dCi 70. With the diesel option sipping only 53mpg and emitting 140g/km of C02. But the Stepway will remain front-wheel-drive.

Dacia has also confirmed the Stepway will receive the Ambiance trim level, so as well as good levels of comfort and plenty of space, features like electric windows, 16” alloy-wheels, central locking and folding rear seats will all come as standard. Plus, the Stepway’s higher road clearance means you can expect a raised and improved driving position.

Expected to reach European showrooms this September, Dacia still hasn’t confirmed if the either new Stepway or current Sandero hatchback will make it to the UK anytime soon.

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