Paris Motor Show LIVE: Dacia Lodgy Stepway image

The Romanian brand, owned by French automaker Renault, has opted to unveil in a world premiere the rugged Stepway version of the family MPV Lodgy.

Offering seating for up to seven persons, the Lodgy van will be penalized when it comes to styling, which was sacrificed on the functionality altar. On the other hand, the Sandero Stepway version – looking like an off-roader wanna be has always attracted numerous buyers to the affordable hatchback. Now, Dacia has decided the Stepway branding should be expanded to the Lodgy (and Dokker van).

The Lodgy Stepway features the same crossover inspired styling, with satin chrome skid plates and black plastic body cladding. There’s also a different design for the fog lights, together with dark metal finish touches for the roof rack, mirrors and 16-inch alloy wheels. Interior changes are subtler, but we can see blue accents and special upholstery with blue contrast stitching and “Stepaway” embroidery.

The Lodgy Stepway also has body-colour front and rear bumpers, while paint options are fairly extensive: five shades, together with the Stepway exclusive Azurite blue, and there’s also a “Stepway” decal on the front doors.

Two engine options have been reserved for the new Lodgy Stepway, one for petrol fans and the other for diesel aficionados. The new TCe 115 unit has an in-line four with 115 hp that only needs an average of 5.7 l/100 km (five seater version). The diesel option relies on the well-known and trustworthy 1.5 dCi from Renault, churning out 110 hp. It has a fuel consumption of 4.4 l/100 km, with emissions of 116 g/km3 of CO2.