An updated hatchback Dacia Sandero Stepway was seen on tests

An updated hatchback Dacia Sandero Stepway was seen on tests

February 18, 2020 0 By autotimesnews

The first photos from the tests of the updated compact hatchback Dacia Sandero in the off-road version of Stepway appeared. The debut of the long-awaited new items is scheduled for the end of this year.

Dacia Sandero has long gained very great popularity throughout Europe. We know that a completely new Sandero will be unveiled this year, but a fresh batch of “spy” photos shows that the brand’s engineering team has begun testing Stepway’s off-road performance.

 As in the case of the standard Sandero, the new product should get the main similarities with the Renault Clio. Sandero Stepway, obviously, will differ in protective coatings made of plastic and increased ground clearance.

The car is certainly not going to climb any mountains, since the Stepway modernization is mostly cosmetic – plastic body protection, roof rails and slightly increased ground clearance. There is still a lot of camouflage in this test car, but the rather thin film in the front seems to show some corner cutouts of the air vents and headlights.

You can also notice this time the Sandero four-spoke steering wheel, which is very similar to what you will find in the current version of the model. The large touchscreen display of the infotainment system is also clearly visible. Inside, obviously, there is still plenty of test equipment and camouflage that hides the details of the door panels, the dashboard and the center console.

 The new Sandero hatchback is based on the cheaper version of the Renault CMF-B platform used to build the Clio model. Rear drum brakes are clearly visible on this Stepway prototype, and under the hood we expect to see an improved version of the TCe’s 1.0-liter gasoline engine, which is currently developing 100 horsepower. It is possible that a dCI 95 diesel could also be offered.

 It is currently believed that the new Sandero will debut at the end of this year at the Paris Motor Show as a 2021 model.