Dacia Sandero Stepway announced
It is based on the Sandero supermini, but comes with SUV-like styling, front and rear scuffplates, black wheelarch cladding and chrome roofbars. It also gets 16-inch alloy wheels and body-coloured mirrors and bumpers as standard.
The changes are not all visual, though – the Stepway’s ride height is 40mm higher than the standard Sandero's.
Two trims are available – Ambiance and Laureate – and there is a choice between 0.9-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel engines, with both offering 89bhp. The petrol emits 125g/km of CO2 and averages 52.3mpg, while the diesel has emissions of 105g/km and average economy of 70.6mpg.
As well as the alloys and styling additions, Ambiance trim includes four airbags, stability control and 60/40 split-folding rear seats as standard.
Laureate trim adds air-conditioning, a chrome front grille, electric windows, electrically adjustable heated door mirrors, a seven-inch touch-screen sat-nav system, aux and USB inputs, cruise control and rear parking sensors.
The 0.9-litre Ambiance costs £7995, with the Laureate version at £9795. The diesel engine adds £1000 to the price in both trims. Order books open for the Sandero Stepway on January 1, 2013, with deliveries from May.
By Tom Webster