Monday, August 19, 2019.

2020 range of the Sandero, Logan and Stepway has refreshed design, enhanced comfort and safety

  • New lighting signature with LED daytime running lights that surround headlamps
  • New CVT X-Tronic automatic transmission
  • Four airbags now standard across all versions

Building on a success story in Brazil, the 2020 range of the Sandero, Logan and Stepway comes with a refreshed design, enhanced comfort and safety without compromising customer-approved features, such as the roomy interior, robustness and low maintenance costs.  

With a refreshed design developed by the Renault Design Center São Paulo, Sandero, Logan and Stepway were given new front bumpers and a new C-shaped lighting signature with LED daytime running lights surrounding the headlamps, which elongates the nose and makes them easily recognizable from the distance. The new grille has now chrome detailing in line with the new global brand identity, for extra refinement.

Sandero and Stepway also boast new LED taillights, whose new shape stretch across the tailgate. The overall effect is an even more dynamic stance.

The new models now feature a cabin with a more status enhancing appearance, including the new dark roof. The doors may come with leather or cloth door panels, depending on the version, while the leather-trimmed steering wheel includes satin-effect chrome touches, which boosts sportiveness.  
Modern and minimalist, the new seat design gets new trim across all models. The wider frame and denser foam enhance comfort and ergonomics.

“Sandero, Logan and Stepway play a key role for both Renault and the domestic market and helped to propel the brand’s growth in the second half of the 2000s. Their attractiveness has been heightened by a refreshed design, with an emphasis on comfort and inclusion of new safety items, which means they have everything to continue to appeal to customers and prolong the success story they have enjoyed to date”, says Ricardo Gondo, president at Renault Brazil.

When equipped with the 1.6-liter SCe engine, the Sandero, Logan and Stepway can also come with the new CVT X-Tronic automatic transmission. The gearless transmission offers a comfortable drive on everyday use, providing seamless acceleration especially in heavy traffic.

The four (two front, two side) airbags that comes as standard across all models are on top of new safety-enhancing features, which includes two ISOFIX anchorage points for child seats on the rear bench and a reinforced chassis structure. All versions equipped with the CVT X-Tronic transmission, along with the R.S. 2.0 sports version, come with the electronic stability program (ESC) and hill start assist (HSA), for added safety.
Versions featuring the CVT X-Tronic transmission come with 16’’ wheels as standard and new fit and finish, such as wheel arch protectors that differentiate them from the ones equipped with a manual transmission.

Sandero, Logan and Stepway are offered with Media Evolution, the new multimedia center with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatible with Spotify, Waze, Google Maps (Android Auto) and WhatsApp audio messages. The 7’’ capacitive touch screen improves accuracy and the all-in-one Media Evolution also provides Bluetooth, rearview camera (on select versions), as well as the Eco Scoring and Eco Coaching function, which helps drivers adjust the way they drive in order to reduce fuel consumption.

Novelty items across all versions include the remote locking switchblade key. The so-called flip key is designed to fold away inside the fob when it is not being used, and the smart compact look makes them easier to keep in the pocked or bag.
Trim levels have been renamed, and now follow Renault’s global standards: Life, Zen, Intense and Iconic (Stepway and Logan only). All versions are offered with either the efficient 3-cylinder 1-liter SCe engine or the 1.6 SCe powertrain.
 
SANDERO
Since it was introduced in Brazil, the Sandero has become a benchmark in the domestic market, thanks to its best-in-class cabin and trunk space, as well as robustness. The 2020 range builds on its key features, with new comfort and safety items that enhance quality and refinement.

Sandero has the segment’s longest body (4,070 mm) and wheelbase (2,590 mm), in addition to the biggest trunk (320 liters). These allow for plenty of comfort to accommodate five passengers and their luggage.

The 2020 offering of the Sandero suits all customer needs. New trim versions include Life (with a 1-liter SCe engine and a manual transmission), Zen (with a 1-liter SCe engine or 1.6-liter SCe powertrain, with either a manual or CVT X-Tronic automatic transmission), Intense (with a 1.6-liter SCe engine paired with an CVT X-Tronic transmission) and R.S. 2.0 (with a 2-liter engine coupled with a 6-speed manual transmission).

Sandero is Renault’s first model launched globally in Brazil and the brand’s best-selling car in the domestic market. In 2018, it achieved the milestone of 1 million units manufactured at the Ayrton Senna Complex, state of Paraná. Sandero continues to be a hit since its debut more than ten years ago and is among the country’s top-selling cars, with 660 thousand units sold. It is slotted in the compact hatchback segment, which accounts for the biggest share in the Brazilian market, with 40%.

Launched in Brazil in 2007, the Sandero has been designed by local stylists and engineers to meet local consumers’ needs. It has appealed to both families and young buyers since it was introduced, thanks to its attractive design, robustness, convenience and value for money for the level of equipment it delivers.
 
The model was facelifted in 2011, when it was given a modern design, a refined interior and additional comfort items. The new generation would arrive three years later. The New Sandero has been built based on a new platform, with a new body structure, new electrical and braking systems, new steering wheel and suspensions, in addition to a completely revamped interior.

A number of limited series has been released during this time, such as Tweed, Tech Run and Vibe.

In 2015, the Sandero range has seen the arrival of a double-barreled version, the R.S. 2.0. Now, the first Renault Sport model manufactured and sold in Brazil has been given new items in terms of aesthetics and mechanics, such as the engine, transmission, suspension, brakes, HSA, ESP, among others. Designed and developed by Renault Sport teams, who worked hand in hand with Latin American design and engineering teams, the Sandero R.S. 2.0 is a true sports car.

Equipped with a 2-liter naturally aspirated engine that delivers 150 HP and 20.9 kgfm on ethanol, paired with a 6-speed manual transmission with shorter gear ratios for added sportiveness, the hot hatch reaches the top speed of 202 km/h and goes from 0-100 km/h in only 8.0 secs. The Renault Sandero R.S. 2.0 stands out for its capacity to deliver a sporty feeling from the first touch on the gas pedal, as well as a pleasurable driving on everyday use.

The 2020 Sandero R.S. 2.0 comes with black diamond-effect 17’’ alloy wheels and inherited a number of features from the Racing Spirit limited series, such as the red brake calipers. Combined with the new rear LED lighting signature, black spoiler and new side decals with the Renault Sport logo and a small version of the French national flag, they enhance sportiveness.

The interior also features items inherited from the Racing Spirit series, for example, the black roof and the seats with double red stripes. Armrests and doors are trimmed with carbon-like tissue that also enhances sportiveness.  
Highlights of the Renault Sandero include:
  • Life 1.0: four (2 front / 2 side) airbags, ISOFIX, electro-hydraulic steering, air-conditioning, front power windows, power door locks, flip key, and 15’’ wheel rims.
  • Zen 1.0 and 1.6: All items that equip the Life version plus Media Evolution, steering wheel-mounted controls, parking sensor, height adjustable seat, tilt steering wheel, trip computer, alarm, power windows with one-touch up and down feature, and stop-start system (1.6 SCe engine with a manual transmission only).
  • Zen CVT X-Tronic: All items that equip the Zen version with a manual transmission plus X-Tronic CVT transmission, electronic stability program (ESC), hill start assist (HSA), 16’’ Flex wheel rims and wheel arch protectors.
  • Intense CVT X-Tronic: All items that equip the Zen CVT version plus automatic air-conditioning system, rearview camera, fog lights, rear power windows, power door mirrors, cruise control (speed limiter and speed control) and diamond-effect 16’’ alloy wheels.
  • R.S. 2.0: All items that equip the Zen version with a manual transmission plus hill start assist (HSA), electronic stability program (ESP), automatic air-conditioning system, rearview camera, power door mirrors, rear power windows, cruise control (speed limiter and speed control), and black diamond-effect 17’’ alloy wheels.
 
LOGAN
When it was introduced, in 2007, the Renault Logan has quickly appealed to Brazilian consumers. At the time, it represented an innovation in the segment by providing a real value for money, with a roomy interior, mechanical robustness and low maintenance costs. The 2020 range builds on the features that made it a success with the inclusion of items to enhance comfort, with the CVT X-Tronic transmission as an option, improved safety with the four airbags now standard across all versions, and a refreshed design.

Versions equipped with the CVT X-Tronic transmission (Intense and Iconic) have a higher ground clearance and wheel arch protectors that emphasize the models’ strong stance, in addition to 16’’ wheels.

Roominess is still one of the sedan’s key features and a major competitive advantage. Five people are comfortably seated, with plenty of room for knees, shoulders and heads, thanks mainly to the generous wheelbase (2,635 mm) that exceeds the majority of its direct competitors in length. With 510 liters, its spacious trunk is among the biggest in the segment.

Highlights of the Renault Logan include:
  • Life 1.0: four (2 front / 2 side) airbags, ISOFIX, electro-hydraulic steering, air-conditioning, front power windows, power door locks, flip key, and 15’’ wheel rims.
  • Zen 1.0 and 1.6: All items that equip the Life version plus Media Evolution, steering wheel-mounted controls, parking sensor, height adjustable seat, tilt steering wheel, trip computer, alarm, power windows with one-touch up and down feature, and stop-start system (1.6 SCe engine with a manual transmission only).
  • Zen CVT X-Tronic: All items that equip the Zen version with a manual transmission plus CVT X-Tronic transmission, electronic stability program (ESC), hill start assist (HSA), 16’’ Flex wheel rims and wheel arch protectors.
  • Intense CVT X-Tronic: All items that equip the Zen CVT version plus automatic air-conditioning system, rearview camera, fog lights, rear power windows, power door mirrors, cruise control (speed limiter and speed control) and diamond-effect 16’’ alloy wheels.
  • Iconic CVT X-Tronic: All items that equip the Intense CVT X-Tronic version plus leather-appointed seats, rain sensitive front wipers, and light sensor.
 
STEPWAY
Style has always been one of Stepway’s plus points. The higher ground clearance – 185 mm or additional 45 mm compared to the regular Sandero equipped with a manual transmission – makes everyday city driving easier in order to overcome speed bumps and road trenches. The taller driving position is also one of its competitive advantages.
The 2020 range has added robustness, with a new front bumper with chrome finish for the fog light surrounds, as well as silvery front and rear skid plates that emphasize the SUV stance. The black masked LED headlamps give the Stepway a unique style, with an exclusive lighting signature.  

The 2020 Stepway comes with 2-tone Erbe grey diamond-effect 16’’ alloy wheels, which boosts the model’s outstanding look.

The interior also has distinctive items to enhance the model’s outstanding style, such as the Stepway logo in low-relief on the steering wheel with satin-effect chrome finish. The logo also appears with a low-relief 3D effect on the seats and color items.
Stepway is equipped with a 1.6-liter SCe engine and is offered on three trim levels: Zen with a manual transmission, Intense with an CVT X-Ttronic transmission, and Iconic with an CVT X-Tronic transmission.

Launched in 2008, one year after the Sandero was introduced in the domestic market, the Stepway has always stood out for its robustness. This has become one of the pillars of powertrain development phase by the Renault Technology Americas (RTA), the engineering center located at the Ayrton Senna Complex, in São José dos Pinhais, Paraná.

The model was also facelifted in 2011 and was given its very own personality compared to the other models of the Sandero family, with bulging bumpers, black masked headlamps and taillights, in addition to a higher ground clearance.

The Rip Curl edition was introduced in 2012, thanks to collaboration with the internationally renowned surfwear brand, targeted at consumers looking for a fully equipped hatchback with an attractive design and outstanding features.

An all-new generation arrived in 2014, with an even more appealing design, added versatility and connectivity. The attractive style enhanced its SUV stance, with a number of items that gave it boldness and refinement. In 2016, a new Rip Curl limited edition was introduced.

More than 160,000 units of the Stepway have been sold to date. A success since its launch, the model is among the country’s top-selling adventurer cars, with 23% of the segment’s share in 2019.
Highlights of the new Renault Stepway include:
  • Zen 1.6: four (2 front / 2 side) airbags, ISOFIX, rear parking sensor, electro-hydraulic steering, air-conditioning, alarm, fog lights, flip key, radio, stop-start system and 16’’ Flex wheel rims.
  • Intense CVT X-Tronic: All items that equip the Zen version plus Media Evolution, electronic stability program (ESC), hill start assist (HSA), automatic air-conditioning system, rearview camera, rear power windows, power door mirrors, cruise control (speed limiter and speed control) and 2-tone diamond-effect 16’’ alloy wheels.
  • Iconic CVT X-Tronic: All items that equip the Intense CVT version plus leather-appointed seats, rain sensitive front wipers, light sensor and 2-tone diamond-effect 16’’ alloy wheels.
 
CVT X-TRONIC TRANSMISSION
The CVT X-TRONIC transmission offers maximum comfort in urban traffic. One of its major plus points is that it can also be manually "shifted" if desired with six software-simulated shift points. The CVT X-TRONIC transmission has a refined six-speed manual-shift mode and sequential operation that offers a more involving and rewarding driving experience, especially at pick-ups and overtakes. It has a second selector positioned to the left of the traditional CVT gate.

With the CVT X-TRONIC transmission, acceleration is steady and efficient. Its development was based on three pillars: linearity, agility and drivability, which can be easily felt at pick-up or acceleration, when the traffic light turns green. Passengers also experience extra comfort, thanks to the smoother drive.

Improved comfort is provided by the Lock-up system with Active Slip Control, which releases the pulley gradually so that torque is transmitted evenly, thus ensuring steady pick-ups as it “holds” the pulley and releases it gradually to transmit torque quickly and evenly.
 
SCe ENGINES
Developed by the Renault Technology Americas (RTA) and made at the Ayrton Senna Complex, in the State of Paraná, the 1.0 SCe and 1.6 SCe engines stand out in terms of performance and driving pleasure.

The 3-cylinder 12-valve 1-liter SCe engine comes with innovations like the DOHC (Dual Overhead Camshaft, one operating the intake valves and the other one operating the exhaust valves), a first-of-its-kind technology among entry-level powerplants. It delivers 90% of peak torque (10.5 kgf.m) at 2,000 rpm. It produces 82 HP on ethanol.
The 4-cylinder 16-valve 1.6-liter SCe engine comes with a dual overhead camshaft operating the intake valves and fuel injectors mounted on the cylinder head that ensure a high level of efficiency and performance from low revs. It delivers a peak output of 118 HP on ethanol and 16 kgf.m of torque.

With 12 world titles, Renault’s expertise in Formula 1 is put to profit to ensure maximum performance in production powertrains. The Energy Smart Management (ESM) system and the variable displacement oil pump are both F1-inspired technologies that help improve fuel efficiency.

Driving-related vehicle data is used to provide drivers with real-time eco-driving tips via the optional in-dash Media Evolution infotainment system. The system provides Eco-Coaching advice by assessing the driver’s driving style in the end of each journey, taking into account gear shifting times, regularity of speed, fuel consumption and mileage driven, while the Eco-Scoring function help drivers adjust the way they drive in order to reduce fuel consumption.

The 1.6 SCe engine equipped with a manual transmission comes with the stop-start system that automatically shuts down and restarts the engine to reduce the amount of time the engine spends idling at traffic lights, for example. Mainstream in top-of-the-range models, it ensures up to 5% in fuel economy.
 

 
About Groupe Renault
Groupe Renault has manufactured cars since 1898. Today it is an international multi-brand group, selling close to 3.9 million vehicles in 134 countries in 2018, with 36 manufacturing sites, 12,700 points of sales and employing more than 180,000 people. To address the major technological challenges of the future, while continuing to pursue its profitable growth strategy, Groupe Renault is focusing on international expansion. To this end, it is drawing on the synergies of its five brands (Renault, Dacia, Renault Samsung Motors, Alpine and LADA), electric vehicles, and its unique alliance with Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors. With a 100% Renault owned team committed to the Formula 1 World Championship since 2016, the brand is involved in motorsports, a real vector for innovation and awareness.
 

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