Renault in Russia has taken the wraps off its new Logan Stepway, giving the sedan the faux-crossover treatment it has long applied to the Sandero.
Like the Sandero Stepway, the sedan version features a number of off-road-inspired styling cues, including plenty of plastic cladding and the all-important ride height hike (ground clearance comes in at 195 mm).
The Logan Stepway furthermore gains a black grille with chrome highlights, chunky foglamp covers and the French brand's latest C-shaped LED daytime running lights. Two-tone 16-inch alloys are also included.
Interestingly, the new cross-sedan – which will be built at the Avtovaz plant in Togliatti – comes equipped with a remote start system developed specifically for the Russian market, which allows the driver to warm up the engine and set the cabin temperature in advance.
In Russia, the Logan Stepway is offered with a naturally aspirated 1,6-litre petrol engine (available in three outputs) mated to either a manual gearbox or a continuously variable transmission (the latter only with the most powerful, 84 kW version).
Of course, since the Logan is no longer offered in South Africa, we don’t expect to see this model on South African roads any time soon...
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