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NEW EURO5 BIOETHANOL AND DIESEL POWERPLANTS FOR DACIA DUSTER IN FRANCE
· 4×2 versions of Duster, Dacia’s off-road vehicle which was launched in France in April 2010 and which is already proving very successful, are now available with two new Euro5 powerplants:
- the 1.6 16V 105 E85 engine,
- and the dCi 90 DPF1 diesel engine.
· All versions of Dacia Duster (petrol and diesel, 4×2 and 4×4) comply with the Euro5 emissions standard.
· Duster 1.6 16V 105 E85 4×2 sees Dacia extend its line-up of bioethanol2 vehicles in France. The newcomer joins Logan MCV 1.6 16V 105 E85 and Sandero 1.6 MPI 90 E85 which were launched in October 2009 and March 2010 respectively.
Tax-paid prices in France for Dacia Duster 1.6 16V 105 E85 4×2, which replaces the 1.6 16V 105 4×2 version, start from €11,900.
Buyers of Dacia Duster 1.6 16V 105 E85 4×2 in France benefit from attractive tax incentives: the eco-bonus surcharge levied in France does not apply to this bioethanol-fuelled version, while the registration document is free of charge or comes at half-price in many of the country’s administrative departments.
The 1.6 16V 105 E85 engine is flexible and runs equally as well on E85 fuel as its does on 95- octane, E10 95-octane and 98-octane petrol.
· Tax-paid prices in France for Dacia Duster dCi 90 DPF 4×2, which replaces the dCi 85 4×2 version, start from €14,700.
1 Diesel Particulate Filter Marketed in France as ‘E85 super-ethanol’.
· Order books for these two new versions are already open across the sales network.
· Dacia Duster 1.6 16V 105 E85 4×2 emits 160 g/km with E85 fuel and 165g/km with petrol3. The ‘wellto- wheel’ CO2 emissions of Dacia Duster 1.6 16V 105 E85 are 96g/km 4. Bioethanol is a diversified and renewable energy source that helps reduce dependence en fossil fuels.
Dacia Duster 1.6 16V 105 E85 4×2 is economical to run: the pump price of E85 fuel is particularly attractive in France (0.86 €/litre on average). Moreover as E85 contains up to 85 per cent ethanol, its price is less subject to fluctuations in crude oil than petrol.
· Dacia Duster dCi 90 DPF 4×2 emits just 130g of CO2/km and consumes 5.0 litres/100km.
This diesel powerplant is equipped with a self-regenerating particulate filter.
· Both new Dacia Duster versions qualify for the Dacia eco² signature, since :
- Dacia Duster dCi 90 DPF 4×2 emits less than 140g of CO2/km, while Dacia Duster 1.6 16V 105 E85 runs on biofuel;
- both versions are manufactured at the brand’s ISO 14001-certifed plant in Pitesti in Romania;
- more than five per cent of the plastic the two versions contain is sourced from recycling, and both are 95 per cent end-of-life recoverable.
· Like all Dacia vehicles, Duster 1.6 16V 105 E85 4×2 and dCi 90 DPF 4×2 come with a three-year or 100,000km warranty (whichever of the two thresholds is reached first).
3 Figures in the process of being UTAC homologated.
4 Calculation based on the use of French-sourced ethanol published in a JEC report in 2009. JEC is a European consortium
that comprises JRC (the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre), EUCAR and CONCAWE.
DACIA DUSTER PRICES IN FRANCE
1.6 16v 105 E85 4×2 €11,900 €13,200 €14,200 €15,200
1.6 16v 105 4×4 €13,900 €15,200 €16,200 €17,200
dCi 90 DPF 4×2 €14,700 €15,700 €16,700
dCi 110 DPF 4×2 €15,200 €16,200 €17,200
dCi 110 DPF 4×4 €17,200 €18,200 €19,200
EQUIPMENT LEVELS AVAILABLE FOR DACIA DUSTER 1.6 16V 105 E85 4×2: Duster, Ambiance, Lauréate and Prestige
EQUIPMENT LEVELS AVAILABLE FOR DACIA DUSTER dCi 90 4×2: Ambiance, Lauréate and Prestige
Standard equipment (DUSTER equipment level):
• Power steering
• ABS + emergency brake assist
• Driver’s front airbag
• Disconnectable front passenger’s front airbag
• Folding rear bench seat
• Dual-optic headlights
• Exterior mirrors manually adjustable from inside the car
• Manual front and rear windows
• Heated rear screen with rear wiper
• Radio pre-equipment
• Black bumpers and black exterior door handles
• 16-inch wheels
• Tyre repair kit
• Spare wheel €80
• Black roof bars €90
Standard equipment (AMBIANCE equipment level) = DUSTER equipment level, plus:
• Radio-frequency remote central locking
• Electric front windows
• Front lateral head/thorax airbags
• Modularity Pack (60/40-split folding rear bench seat, raised driver’s seat, height-adjustable front seat belts,
height-adjustable steering wheel)
• Black roof bars
• Etoile Grey interior trim (central fascia, air vent surrounds, front door pulls)
• Manual climate control €900
• 4x15W radio-CD (single CD), MP3 playback, steering wheel-mounted fingertip remote control €290 • Foglamps €150
• Metallic paint €400
• Spare wheel €80
Standard equipment (LAUREATE equipment level) = AMBIANCE equipment level, plus:
• Manual climate control
• Trip computer
• Electrically-adjustable heated exterior mirrors
• Two-tone black/body colour bumpers
• Body colour exterior door handles
• Stylised 16-inch steel wheels
• Shiny Brown interior trim (central fascia, air vent surrounds, front door pulls, trimming strips, handbrake console)
• Exterior Look Pack €700
(16-inch alloy wheels, satin-finish chrome-effect exterior mirrors and longitudinal roof bars; satin-finish chromeeffect
painted front and rear skid-plates, extra-tinted rear glass)
• Metallic paint €400
• ESP (for dCi 110 engine) €300
• Electric rear windows €150
• 16-inch alloy wheels €400
• 4x15W radio-CD (single CD), MP3 playback, steering wheel-mounted fingertip remote control €290 • Spare wheel €80
Standard equipment (PRESTIGE equipment level) = LAUREATE equipment level, plus:
• Exterior Look Pack: 16-inch alloy wheels, satin-finish chrome-effect exterior mirrors and longitudinal roof bars;
satin-finish chrome-effect painted front and rear skid-plates, extra-tinted rear glass.
• Leather Pack: leather seats (plus other materials), split leather-trimmed steering wheel, leather-trimmed gear
• 4x15W radio-CD (single CD) with MP3 playback and steering wheel-mounted fingertip remote control.
• Metallic paint €400
• ESP (for dCi 110 engine) €300
• Electric rear windows €150
• Spare wheel €80
A comprehensive range of accessories to enable customers to customise their Dacia Duster:
• Style Pack €318 (plus fitment)
(stainless steel side sill bars, chrome exhaust tailpipe)
• Adventurer Pack €367 (plus fitment)
(wing extensions and broad door protective mouldings)
• Passenger Car Company Car Conversion Kit €510 Euros6 (including fitment) (converts Dacia Duster into a two-seater ‘company car’ to maximise carrying capacity and facilitate loading)
Dacia launches its sixth model: Dacia Duster, a robust, spacious, easy-to-use and affordable off-roader.
- Dacia Duster is particularly economical:
-To buy: Dacia Duster offers an unbeatable performance, equipment and interior space package for its price. Although Dacia Duster’s price is that of a supermini, its exterior and interior dimensions are those of cars in the next segment up.
-To run: the Dacia Duster range features a choice of frugal engines which offer low fuel consumption (the diesel dCi 85 4×2 version offers combined cycle fuel consumption of just 55.4mpg) with low maintenance costs.
-Dacia Duster is more respectful of the environment thanks to its low CO2 emissions. The diesel versions of Dacia Duster emit from 135g of CO2/km in two-wheel drive form (making them eligible for the Dacia eco² signature) and 145g of CO2/km for the 4×4 version.
-Dacia Duster, in its 4×4 version, is aimed at motorists seeking an everyday car with genuine off-road ability.The 4×2 version has been designed for customers who want good ground clearance and a reassuring elevated driving position, as well as loose-surface ability.
-Dacia Duster is manufactured at the Pitesti factory in Romania. The 4×2 and 4×4 versions have been rolled out progressively since April 2010 in Europe, Turkey, Africa and the Middle East.
-Duster is a vehicle with global ambitions, both in terms of its markets and its production. It is launched in different world markets, badged either as a Renault or a Dacia, in the same way as Logan and Sandero.
-With Duster, Dacia demonstrates that it is possible to produce an all-terrain vehicle that is not only functional and affordable, but also more respectful of the environment. With Duster, the Dacia brand – which pioneered a fresh approach to motoring with the launch of Logan in 2004 – has once again demonstrated its ability to think outside the box.
DACIA DUSTER, A TRUE 4×4
Assertive all-wheel drive styling…
Today’s all-terrain vehicles are often synonymous with bulk, but Dacia Duster is the antidote. With a length of 4.31 metres and a width of 1.82 metres, Dacia Duster is very compact. Its Mégane-sized proportions ensure that it is as at home in built-up areas as it is off the beaten track. While it clearly belongs to the world of all-terrain vehicles, Dacia Duster’s lines are not ostentatious.
Dacia Duster is unmistakably a 4×4. From the front, it exudes an impression of toughness: the wide wheel arches, the imposing lines of the chrome grille and lower bumper protection clearly emphasise the 4×4 DNA of Dacia Duster. Seen from the side, the high ground clearance, clearly defined wheel arches and protective mouldings encourage the driver to tackle even the toughest roads and tracks.
With the Look Pack, Dacia Duster owners can further enhance the vehicle’s style. This pack includes 16-inch aluminium alloy wheels, roof bars, extra-tinted rear windows, and satin-finish chrome exterior mirrors, front and rear skid plates, and sills. A comprehensive range of accessories (including extended wheel arches, broad side protectors for doors, sill protection bars…) will complete this unique look.
Inside, the elevated driving position provides a better view of potential hazards. The interior echoes the core values of the Dacia brand: the dashboard is modern, uncluttered and functional. Its design varies according to version, and several areas can be modified with different colours or surface finishes. Dacia Duster introduces a new brown trim, while a Leather Pack (seats, steering wheel, gear lever knob) is also available. Particular attention has been paid to ergonomics to ensure that the controls are conveniently positioned and that driving data is easy to read: the well-placed, intuitive 4×4 control button is a perfect example of this.
… with genuine go-anywhere ability
Dacia Duster was designed to cope with all types of road and track, worldwide. To order to meet these wide-ranging needs, Dacia Duster will be available in both 4×4 and 4×2 form. The 4×2 version has been designed for customers who want good ground clearance and a reassuring elevated driving position, as well as loose-surface ability, but who don’t have a real need for all-wheel drive.
The strengthened underside of Dacia Duster is suitable for loose-surfaces and all-terrain use thanks to:
-ground clearance raised to 210mm,
-short overhangs (822mm at the front, 820mm at the rear),
-large ramp angles (30 degrees for approach angle; 23 degrees for ramp breakover angle 36 degrees for departure angle).
Dacia Duster is a vehicle that is easy to use. It is lightweight for its size: 1,160kg for the 4×2 version and 1,250kg for the 4×4 version1. Combined with compact dimensions, this ensures Dacia Duster is particularly agile.
Dacia Duster is built on the B0/Logan platform which is widely acclaimed for its strength, reliability and durability.
At the front, the pseudo MacPherson-type suspension with wishbones is identical to the layout employed by Logan and Sandero, although strengthened for off-road use.
At the rear, the 4×4 version’s rear multi-arm arrangement was specifically developed for Dacia Duster, while the programmed-deflection flexible H-beam favoured for the 4×2 versions is strong and permits a large boot, which is a key consideration for Dacia customers.
Both solutions deliver a comfortable ride and allow high ground clearance. To confirm Dacia Duster’s strength and reliability, Dacia Duster covered the equivalent of four million kilometres in a wide range of climates and in particularly punishing conditions.
Dacia Duster 4×4 is equipped with a new six-speed gearbox with a short first ratio (3.6mph per 1,000 rpm) which allows the vehicle to travel at very slow speed on uneven terrain and improves performance as you pull away from standstill with heavy loads or on steep slopes. This simple, efficient and economical solution was favoured in order to meet customer needs.
The TL8 gearbox offers:
-optimised output thanks to a single gearbox and module architecture which limits the number of gears engaged, and thanks to the use of a low-viscosity lubricant;
-compactness: gearbox and gearshift module are positioned alongside each other to free up cabin space and maintain interior roominess.
-controlled mass: on the TL8 gearbox, the short first gear, instead of a transfer box, optimises the number of gears engaged (and thus the mass) for a maximum performance level; – a solution to keep the cost down : the TL8 gearbox is derived from the TL4 gearbox which is a high production volume unit within the Renault-Nissan Alliance. The TL8 gearbox is manufactured at the Pitesti plant in Romania. The 4×4 control located on the lower part of the centre console allows drivers of Dacia Duster 4×4 to easily adapt the vehicle’s configuration to their needs.
This control permits three modes:
-In AUTO mode, the front/rear torque split is calculated automatically as a function of available grip. This mode has been developed to provide the best compromise between road holding and traction, no matter what the level of grip may be. In normal conditions, the torque is transmitted through the front wheels only. If traction is lost, or when grip is at a premium, some of the torque is transferred to the rear wheels. This split is performed by an electromagnetic torque converter supplied by Nissan.
-In LOCK mode, the driver electronically locks the transmission in 4×4 mode. In this mode, throttle control and braking are also adapted for 4×4 use. This mode is recommended when grip is low (snow, mud, dirt, sand) and at low speed.
-In 2WD mode, the transmission is locked into two-wheel drive. This mode is suited to driving on good roads and reduces fuel consumption and CO2emissions.
A 100% DACIA 4×4 WITH ALL THE BRAND’S ACCLAIMED ADVANTAGES
Duster, the sixth vehicle in the Dacia range, stay’s true to the philosophy and values of the brand. Dacia Duster offers unbeatable interior space for its price, as well as low running costs thanks to thrifty fuel consumption, low maintenance costs, high levels of safety and reliability in all conditions. Duster perfectly embodies the brand values of generosity and affordability which have forged Dacia’s reputation.
Unbeatable space for its price
Although Dacia Duster’s price is that of a city car, its exterior and interior dimensions are those of compact cars in the next segment up.
Dacia Duster can comfortably seat up to five adults and offers both front and rear occupants the same amount of space as the Dacia Logan saloon.
Dacia Duster’s boot capacity – up to 475 cubic metres VDA (depending on version) – is also very competitive given the vehicle’s compact dimensions. With the rear bench seat folded, Dacia Duster offers an impressive carrying capacity of up to 1,636 cubic metres VDA (depending on version).
Reliable, economical, low-emission engines
Dacia Duster is available with a choice of three powerplants for both the 4×2 and 4×4 versions: one petrol engine (1.6 16V 105) and two diesel engines (dCi 85 and dCi 110). The strengths of these engines have already been demonstrated in many Renault group vehicles.
These engines are a perfect fit for the criteria of cost, reliability and easy maintenance that are hallmarks of the Dacia brand.
-Dacia Duster dCi 85 (4×2 version) emits just 135g of CO2/km (equivalent to a combined cycle fuel consumption of 55.4mpg) which qualifies it for the Dacia eco² signature.
-Dacia Duster dCi 110, in 4×2 version, emits just 139g of CO2/km (equivalent to a combined cycle fuel consumption of 53.3mpg) also qualifies for the Dacia eco² signature. Under the bonnet of 4×4 versions of Dacia Duster, the dCi 110 engine stands out as a particularly environmentally-respectful and economical package for an off-road vehicle, with CO2 emissions of 145g/km and fuel consumption of 50.4mpg (combined cycle). The dCi 110 engine is Euro V-compliant and comes with a particulate filter.
The dCi 110 diesel engine delivers peak power of 80kW (109hp) at 4,000rpm and features second-generation common-rail direct fuel injection which only pressurises the exact amount of fuel actually required, the benefit to the owner being enhanced efficiency and consequently lower fuel consumption. The 4×2 version of Dacia Duster dCi 110 accelerates from standstill to 62mph in 11.8 seconds and boasts 240Nm of torque at 1,750rpm, 90 per cent of which is available from 1,500rpm.
Dacia Duster is also available with the 1.6 16V 110 petrol engine:
-Dacia Duster 1.6 16V 105 delivers a maximum power output of 77kW (105hp) at 5,750rpm, while peak torque stands at 148Nm (at 3,750rpm). The combined cycle fuel consumption of the 4×2 version of Dacia Duster 1.6 16V 105 is 37.7mpg. The same figure for the 4×4 version of Dacia Duster with the 1.6 16V 105 engine (Euro V-compliant) is 35.3mpg. Economical to buy and run
Servicing and maintenance costs are particularly competitive on Dacia Duster thanks to extended service intervals for oil changes, brake pad and tyre replacements. The useful life of the air filters has increased to 90,000km/four years for petrol versions, while that for diesel it has increased to 60,000km.
The servicing intervals of the dCi 110 diesel engine are every 30,000km/two years OCS in the majority of its commercialisation countries. The OCS (Oil Control System), newly introduced in the Dacia range, warns the driver by means of an oil-change warning light, should the next service need to be brought forward, depending on the way the vehicle is used.
Oil change on the 1.6 16V 105 petrol engine is every 30,000km/two years in the majority of markets.
Safety, an essential priority
Dacia Duster benefits from Renault’s acclaimed expertise in the area of safety.
-Active safety: Dacia Duster features Bosch 8.1 ABS, as well as EBD electronic brakeforce distribution and EBA emergency brake assist. Dacia Duster is the brand’s first vehicle to feature ESC as an option in certain versions, as well as CSV understeer control and ASR traction control. This option also allows torque to be transferred away from a spinning wheel in 4×4 mode to improve traction when diagonal wheel spin occurs.
-Passive safety: Dacia Duster is fitted as standard with two front airbags (depending on market) and three-point seat belts with load limiters for the front seats, to which pyrotechnic pretensioners can be added. Depending on the version, two lateral head/thorax airbagsare fitted in addition to the driver and passenger front airbags.
Dacia fundamentals: reliability and strength
Like all the vehicles based on the B0/Logan platform, Duster has been engineered to deliver the Dacia brand’s hallmark strength and reliability.
Particular attention has been paid to anti-corrosion protection thanks to several measures:
-wax-injected underbody and opening panel hollow sections,
-mastic sealing of exterior joints,
-additional wax treatment of underbody mechanical components,
-stone chip protection for underbody, sills and wheel arches.
The 4×4 running gear uses tried and tested components sourced from the Alliance (Nissan rear axle and coupling, new six-speed TL8 gearbox derived from the TL4 gearbox that has been well-proven in the Renault and Nissan ranges).
In order to underline its high build quality, Dacia Duster is backed up by a three-year or 100,000km warranty in the majority of European markets.
A VEHICLE WITH INTERNATIONAL AMBITIONS
Duster is a vehicle with international ambitions, both in terms of its markets and production. Dacia Duster is being rolled out progressively in different global regions in the same way as Logan and Sandero.
Since April 2010, Duster has been launched with Dacia badging in Europe, Turkey and the Maghreb region (Algeria, Morocco.) It completes the Dacia range, which is enjoying growth in the majority of these markets. Apart from the three vehicles aimed at the private sector – namely Logan, Logan MCV and Sandero – Dacia has also staked its claim in the light-commercial sector with Logan van and Logan pick-up.
From June 2010, Duster – badged as a Renault – will also be available in Ukraine, the Middle East (Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and Egypt) and other African countries.
The Pitesti factory (Romania) supplies all these markets, whether Dacia- or Renault-badged. The Romanian plant has an annual production capacity of 350,000 vehicles and will continue to produce the brand’s other models.
In 2011, Renault Duster will be launched in Brazil, Russia and the Gulf states. It will be built alongside Logan, Sandero and Sandero Stepway in Curitiba, Brazil, for distribution in Brazil, Argentina, Mexico and Chile. Later, Duster will be manufactured at the Avtoframos plant in Moscow, Russia and at the Sofasa plant in Envigado (Colombia). It will be distributed in the Gulf States, supplied from the Pitesti factory.
At the end of 2012, Duster will mark the brand’s launch into the UK market,
THE GENESIS OF DUSTER
A global project to meet an unsatisfied demand
The Duster project began with a simple premise: there is a genuine need around the world for a comfortable, robust and affordable 4×4. However, this demand is not currently being met. Aware of this, Dacia developed an all-terrain vehicle aimed primarily at emerging markets. The needs of European customers were also taken into account from the start of the project.
-In emerging markets (Russia, Brazil, etc.), the middle classes aspire to own a modern car that reflects their social status. At the same time, they want a strong car which is both reliable and versatile, capable of withstanding extreme climatic demands and conditions that can be tough and varied (long distances, mountainous terrain, rough tracks, urban driving, often within large conurbations, etc.). The current offer is largely dominated by imported SUVs, which are frequently beyond the means of these middle classes.
-In Europe, the success of Dacia has demonstrated that a market exists for modern, reliable and affordable cars. While the existing range of 4x4s and SUVs is very large, it neglects the market for functional and affordable all-terrain vehicles, favouring instead showy SUVs, which are expensive and often poorly adapted to all-terrain use.
Collaborative design between France and Romania
The Duster project marks another milestone in collaborative engineering between Renault Technologie Romania (RTR) and Le Losange (new name of Renault’s Technocentre site near Versailles) in France. The design process began at Le Losange, but Renault Technologie Romania engineering resources were devoted to the Duster project from the beginning. Le Losange and Renault Technologie Romania collaborated closely to make the vehicle production-ready. From the stage of the second fleet of prototypes (roughly one year before the launch of Duster), the nerve centre of the project moved to Romania to be closer to the factory.
Vehicle design was conducted at Le Losange, in cooperation with Renault Design Central Europe (RDCE, the satellite design facility in Bucharest).
Manufactured at the primary factory in Romania
Duster arrived at the Pitesti factory in April 2009. This process was facilitated by a new production line for prototypes which is managed directly by Renault Technologie Romania. This production line is located within the factory, making it easier to train assembly staff. Duster necessitated several modifications to the production lines in Pitesti: a new body shop was built specifically for this model; the assembly line was modified for the new powertrains and 4×4 transmission, while revisions were made to the supply logistics and storage of raw materials in the metal stamping process, in line with the overall factory management scheme. In all, six different body styles are now produced on the same assembly line.
Investment on a reasonable scale
In total, €290 million was invested in the development of Duster, and its production at Pitesti. This includes the cost of the new TL8 gearbox (manual, six-speed) and the new engines. Of this total, just under €70 million was invested in the production facility.
A good level of carry-over reduced the overall level of investment: in total, just over 50 per cent of components come from other vehicles in the Dacia and Renault ranges (engine andgearbox, for example).
The maximum production capacity at Pitesti is 25 Duster vehicles per hour. In time, Duster could account for over one third of total production at Pitesti.
DACIA DUSTER IN MOROCCO’S RALLYE AÏCHA DES GAZELLES
Dacia Duster, in the hands of a Renault group employee, finished first (crossover category) at the Rallye Aicha des Gazelles, the only all-lady motor sport event, which took place in Morocco (15-28 March).
The sand dunes of the Sahara Desert and the mountainous terrain of the Atlas foothills provided Dacia Duster with a first class opportunity to showcase its off-road ability, as well as its strength and reliability.
DACIA DUSTER CONTESTED THE “TROPHÉE ANDROS” ICE-RACING SERIES IN THE HANDS OF ALAIN PROST
The competition version of Dacia Duster made its debut in the hands of Alain Prost on the ice race circuits of the Trophée Andros series during the winter 2009/2010. Alain Prostfinished second with his Dacia Duster in the overall standings of this winter’s seven-round Trophée Andros.
-Today saw Dacia take the wraps off Sandero Stepway at simultaneous events at the Barcelona Motor Show and at the L’Atelier Renault showroom in Paris. The adventurer looks of this variant of Sandero seeks to build on the success enjoyed by Dacia’s compact yet spacious hatchback, sales of which have reached 60,000 units across Europe and in the Maghreb region since its launch in July 2008.
-Dacia Sandero Stepway’s athletic build will notably appeal to younger buyers looking for an affordable vehicle with bags of personality. Thanks to its raised ground clearance, satin-finish chrome front and rear skid-plates and sills, chrome longitudinal roofbars and chrome exhaust tailpipe, Dacia Sandero Stepway is more than ready to hit the adventure trail. Three metallic body colours are available as standard: Platine Grey, Comète Grey and Feu Red.
-It goes without saying that Dacia Sandero Stepway features the same strengths that have helped forged the success of its sibling, Sandero, namely unrivalled cabin space for its price (it comfortably seats five tall adults, plus a 320dm3 VDA boot), as well as the model’s widelyacclaimed impeccable reliability.
-Depending on market, Dacia Sandero Stepway will be available with either 1.6 90hp petrol or dCi 70 diesel power. Dacia Sandero Stepway is manufactured at the brand’s ISO 14001-certified plant in Pitesti, Romania. More than five per cent of the plastics it contains are sourced from recycling and the car is 95 per cent end-of-life recoverable. This, combined with Dacia Sandero Stepway dCi 70′s CO2 emissions rating of just 140g/km make it eligible for the Dacia eco² signature.
-The latest addition to the Dacia line-up boasts an unbeatable equipment and performance package for its price and will be available for sale in the majority of its European markets from September 2009. Order books are due to open in July 2009.
-Like all Dacia models in Europe, Dacia Sandero Stepway will come with a three-year or 100,000km warranty.
BORN FOR ADVENTURE
Dacia Sandero Stepway’s trailblazing looks are a sure sign that it was born for adventure. Its raised ground clearance (up 20mm compared with the Sandero hatchback), black and body-coloured bumpers – which house the satin-finish chrome front and rear skid-plates -, foglamps and longitudinal roofbars (black and satin-finish chrome) ensure that Dacia Sandero Stepway is in its element whatever the type of road.
Dacia Sandero Stepway combines sporty appeal and refinement thanks to details such as its black headlamp masks, chrome grille trim, 16-inch aluminium alloy wheels (depending on market), satin-finish chrome exterior mirrors, door handles and sills, and chrome exhaust tailpipe which all contribute to the model’s assertive personality. Inside, the specific black upholstery with visible white stitching combines with the Stone Grey centreconsole fascia, air vents, steeringwheel rim and door grab handles to add a touch of elegance to Dacia Sandero Stepway’s adventurous appearance.
This forceful vehicle features Stepway branding on the front doors and front chrome door sills, while decorative graphics for the sides of the rear wings are also available as accessories.
AN ATTRACTIVE LINE-UP
In addition to its unmistakable individual character, Dacia Sandero Stepway boasts the same strengths that have helped forge the success of its elder, the compact Sandero hatchback, namely a roomy interior, safety, reliability and an unbeatable performance and equipment package for its price.
Sandero Stepway is a particularly spacious vehicle which can seat up to five tall adults thanks to its generous dimensions. It also delivers record carrying capacity thanks to its 320dm3 VDA boot which extends to 1,200dm3 VDA with the rear seats folded.
Dacia Sandero Stepway’s safety equipment includes Bosch 8.1 ABS with electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD) and emergency brake assist (EBA), plus driver and front passenger airbags.
Built on the B0 platform, Dacia Sandero Stepway’s boasts robustness and quality, and also benefits from extensive anti-corrosion treatment (underbody, sill and wheel arch gravel protection, wax-injected hollow sections, etc.).
Dacia Sandero Stepway is based on the Ambiance version (central locking, power steering, etc.) and, in addition to its specific styling details, features a long list of comfort-related equipment, including a 60/40-split folding rear benchseat and foglamps for enhanced visibility at night-time and in fog. A choice of three metallic finishes is available as standard: Mercury Grey, Comète Grey and Ruby Red.
Drivers will particularly appreciate the slightly raised driving position, while the pleasure felt at the wheel of Dacia Sandero Stepway is further enhanced by the performance of the 1.6 MPI 90hp petrol and dCi 70hp diesel engines (depending on market), two powerplants which have already shown their worth under the bonnet of other Dacia models. Thrifty combined cycle fuel consumption of 7.6 and 5.3 litres/100km respectively only adds to the appeal of the 1.6 MPI and dCi 70 versions of Dacia Sandero Stepway. Last but not least, Dacia Sandero Stepway dCi 70 emits just 140g of CO2 /km, making it eligible the Dacia eco² signature.
In keeping with the Dacia brand’s philosophy, Sandero Stepway boasts an unbeatable performance and equipment package for its price and is due to go on sale from September 2009 in the majority of itsEuropean markets.
Like the entire Dacia range, Sandero Stepway will come with a three-year or 100,000km warranty.
SANDERO STEPWAY: FROM SOUTH AMERICA TO EUROPE
Dacia Sandero Stepway is the European version of Renault Sandero Stepway, one of the Renault’s range’s latest additions in Brazil which is manufactured at the brand’s Curitiba plant. More than 80 per cent of the parts developed especially for Dacia Sandero Stepway (like the roofbars and front and rear bumpers) are shared by the South American version.
Renault Sandero Stepway is marketed in Brazil and Argentina where more than 2,700 units have already been sold between its launch at the end of 2008 and the end of March 2009. Renault Sandero Stepway’s assertive looks have contributed to the success of Renault Sandero which has enjoyed sales of 59,000 units up to the end of March 2009 in South America.
DACIA SANDERO STEPWAY – DIMENSIONS
Boot volume 320 dm3 VDA
Boot volume with rear benchseat in folded position 1200 dm3 VDA
Overall length 4,024
Front overhang 785
Rear overhang 652
Height( unladen) 1,544
Overall height with roofbars 1,582
Overall width with/without exterior mirrors 1,753/1,997
Ground clearance (laden) 175