Renault knows how to spawn multiple cars from the same platform. Dont agree? Well then, have a look at their upcoming cars- the Sandup based on the Sandero's platfrom or even the Sandero Stepway. We think that both represent the same mini-SUV based on the Logan platfrom which was displayed as a concept and is expected make its debut soon. This is a good example of platform sharing wherein the Logan platform has been used to make a variety of vehicles, conceived by Dacia. One more model to come out of the same platform is the Sand'Up. More on this later.
Built at Renault's Curitiba plant in Brazil, the five-passenger Stepway will go on sale in the Brazil market in October, with Argentinean sales to follow shortly after that. The company also is studying whether to offer the Stepway in other markets where the Logan is built and sold, including India and Russia.
The "urban sport" derivative of the Logan/Sandero (code name B0) features a higher ground clearance, roof bars, an integrated spoiler, exclusive grille and bumpers, plus a chrome tailpipe. At the start of production, the only engine will be a 112-horsepower 1.6-liter four-cylinder unit that is programmed to run on bioethanol. In Argentina, the Stepway will be offered with a 1.5-liter common-rail turbodiesel engine.
Read on for details on the Sand'up
Renault unveiled at the Sao Paolo auto salon from Brazil, the Sand’up Concept based on the Sandero Stepway. The Sand’up is a 2+2 modular model: it can be either a coupe, but can also be converted into a convertible pick-up.
The Sand’up is the perfect car for four-passengers who wants to enjoy a trip into a convertible pick-up. The car sits on 18 inches wheels.
The Concept is powered by a 1.6 liter 16V Hi-Flex engine that delivers 107 hp when run on petrol and 112 hp when working on ethanol. It accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 10.6 s (petrol) / 10.5 s (ethanol).
IAB Comment- The Sand'up is certain to be a hit if it gets to India as the tough guy looks and car-like handling are sure to go down well with Indian customers. The versatility it offers as either a coupe or a pickup truck cannot be neglected. This will be more like a lifestyle product and has all the essential attributes to be a junior Scorpio in the Mahindra-Renault showroom. As it is a Sandero/Dacia product just like the Logan, It will also come at a reasonable price which is a bonus.