Renault has released its refreshed Sandero on local soil.
The silhouette of the new Sandero has remained largely unchanged, receiving a cosmetic nip here, tuck there and an overall attitude adjustment. It attempts to align itself closer to the already existing passenger vehicles within the brand’s portfolio.
Lighting takes centre-stage as both the front and rear-light clusters received an overhaul in the form of Renault’s signature C-shape inserts. The front lighting element serves as LED daytime running lights.
New bumpers were also added to both the front and rear, while the compact crossover Stepway derivative received newly styled skid-plates and subtly-flared wheel arches that adds an adventure element. The Sandero Stepway also boasts increased ground clearance over standard models.
The upgrades continue on the inside, which is now more ergonomically laid out with a restyled dashboard and a steering wheel that’s up-to-date and features more conventional controls. New is a one-touch indicating system and electric window controls that can now be found on the door panels, instead of the centre console.
On the powertrain front, the Sandero will retain its 900cc three-cylinder petrol turbo engine. It delivers 66kW and 135Nm of torques, which is not bad considering the size of the engine.
The new iteration of the Stepway comes standard with a five-year/150 000km warranty and a two-year/30 000km service plan.
Renault Sandero Expression 66kW Turbo – R159 900
Renault Sandero Stepway Expression 66kW Turbo – R174 900
Renault Sandero Stepway Dynamique 66kW Turbo – R189 900
Stepway derivatives are also available with a R10 000 leather seat option.