New features for Renault’s 2017 budget range

  • Sandero sales set to reach 50 000 in SA
  • Three-model Sandero range revised for 2017
  • Each unit has 66kW / 135Nm turbo engine
MARCH OF THE STEPWAY GOES ON. Image: Renault / Quickpic
MARCH OF THE STEPWAY GOES ON. Image: Renault / Quickpic

JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – Renault’s Sandero budget range, available in South Africa since 2009, has been revised for the 2017 model year with, the automaker says, new features unique to its class

But still some of the best prices around…

The flagship is the Stepway Dynamique, then come the Stepway Expression (ousting the previous Dynamique) and the Sandero Expression “each powered by Renault’s F1-inspired 900cc turbopetrol 66kW.

MARCH OF THE STEPWAY GOES ON. Image: Renault / Quickpic
MARCH OF THE STEPWAY GOES ON. Image: Renault / Quickpic

When Sandero first arrived in South Africa (February 2009) Renault’s key objective was to provide a high-value proposition in the entry level passenger car segment.

IMPORT FROM ROMANIA

The cars were originally assembled by sister company Nissan at that automaker’s Rosslyn, Pretoria, plant to help keep costs down in “an unparalleled package to meet the need for affordable motoring in a tense economic climate”.

That outlook still continues, Renault says, though in 2016 the Sandero 2 was launched as an import from Romania, adding new styling, more quality and better finishes along with a turbocharged engine.

“Sandero delivered then,” Renault says, “and continues to do so today.”

The Stepway arrived in 2011 as a crossover with, Renault says, “an incredible array of standard smart technologies until then not seen at the price”.

MARCH OF THE STEPWAY GOES ON. Image: Renault / Quickpic
MARCH OF THE STEPWAY GOES ON. Image: Renault / Quickpic

“Now there’s the New Renault Sandero,” says a media release sent to The Corner. “It has a refreshed design and styling updates, inside and out, to give a quality and contemporary look-and-feel.”

The latest Sandero has also joined the rest of Renaults vehicle range with the adoption of their new lighting signature: C-shaped headlights the include daytime lights and C-shaped tail lights.

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The Stepways include a roof spoiler, greater ground clearance than the entry Sandero Expression, roof bars, front and rear skid plates, wheel-arch mouldings and front fog lights.

MARCH OF THE STEPWAY GOES ON. Image: Renault / Quickpic
MARCH OF THE STEPWAY GOES ON. Image: Renault / Quickpic

The cars run on 15″ wheels (Sandero Expression) and 16″ dark metal wheels (Stepway Expression and Dynamique).  The cabins’ finishes and materials have changed: there’s a new centre console, new air vents, updated trim and upholstery, and power-window switches on the door panels.

POWER WINDOWS

There’s “roomy” seating for five – leather is an option on the Stepway Dynamique – in “above average” floor-to-roof clearance. The split rear bench can be folded to accommodate more luggage.

The engine is rated at 66kW and 135Nm with a 0-100 time of 11 seconds and top speed of 169km/h. Fuel consumption of 5.2 litres/100km is said to be possible thanks to an Eco mode which sets the engine to skinny performance according to driving style and road conditions. Front power windows and fob-operated central lock are standard across the range

MARCH OF THE STEPWAY GOES ON. Image: Renault / Quickpic

The Stepway Dynamique carries cruise control, side crash bags, front and rear power windows, power external mirrors, leather steering wheel and gear-shifter, and parking radar knob and rear park assist, satnav and a multimedia system with a 19cm touchscreen and Bluetooth.

The steering-wheel carries audio controls and a trip data computer displays distance covered, average speed, fuel range and average and total fuel consumption.

PRICES
Renault Sandero Expression – R159 900
Renault Stepway Expression – R174 900
Renault Stepway Dynamique – R189 900
Options
Leather upholstery on Stepway Dynamique only – R10 000
Metallic paint: R2500
Prices include a five-year or 150 000km warranty and two-year or 30 000 km service plan. Services intervals 15 000km. Renault says Sandero parts are competitively priced and its South African parts and distribution centres has a parts availability at 95% plus.

MARCH OF THE STEPWAY GOES ON. Image: Renault / Quickpic

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