The rugged estate for those on a budget has arrived.
Renault’s budget arm Dacia is attending the Geneva Motor Show with a Stepway version of its affordable Logan MCV wagon to join the existing three members of the Stepway family: Sandero, Lodgy, and Dokker. As with other models, the new arrival brings some extra black plastic body cladding, front and rear skid plates, and side protective mouldings to make it look tough on the outside.
The biggest change is represented by the jacked-up suspension raising the ground clearance by 50mm to a generous 174mm. It should allow the driver to tackle more difficult roads, but bear in mind the Logan MCV Stepway is a cheap car, so it’s still a front-wheel-drive model.
Dacia has also given the rugged wagon a new grille derived from the one installed on the Duster SUV. Since it’s based on the facelifted Logan MCV, the new Stepway version comes with LED daytime running lights and tinted taillights to spice things up while staying on a strict budget. New 16-inch alloy wheels round off the changes on the outside, while the spacious interior features an enormous 573-litre boot and satin-effect accents, a four-spoke steering wheel borrowed from the regular variant and an upholstery fabric sourced from the Sandero Stepway.
There aren’t any changes underneath the bonnet, so buyers can get it with a turbocharged three-cylinder 0.9-litre engine. It pumps out a mighty 90hp delivered to the front axle through a standard five-speed manual gearbox or an optional five-speed automated manual transmission. If you’re after efficiency, go with the trusty dCi 90 that has been around for ages and is known for providing excellent fuel economy. In some markets, Dacia will also be selling the Logan MCV Stepway in a liquid petroleum gas (LPG) flavour.
Expect a small price premium over the regular Logan MCV when the Stepway arrives in dealerships later this year.