WE’VE GOT A NEW CAR to shoot. And in order to make the pictures more spectacular we decided to do a night out and capture the brilliant sights of the Maximum City. The car in question is the recently upgraded Renault Logdy Stepway, which fits in the sweet spot between the ultra popular and more expensive Toyota Innova Crysta and the über practical and compact Maruti Suzuki Ertiga.
The 2017 Stepway gets a bunch of cosmetic upgrades, including stylish chrome accents on the grille, body cladding on the sides, bumpers in a new shape, and new matte grey 16-inch alloy wheels. It also gets the variant badge on the A-pillar (our car boasted of being the top of -the-line RxZ) and ‘Stepway’ branding on either side.
The base RxL version comes with the tried and tested 1.5-litre K9K diesel engine producing a lower 85 PS and mated to a five-speed transmission. Our RxZ also comes with the same tried and tested K9K engine but churns out 110 PS and comes with a six-speed gearbox. Offering three rows of seats, the Stepway has the option of seven-seat and eight-seat versions. All the seats are reasonably comfortable, though the third row offers little under-thigh support because of the high floorboard.
Over the years, Renault’s 1.5-litre oil-burner has gained the reputation of being a frugal and very reliable engine. The 110-PS version does have a slight turbo-lag that becomes evident in slow-moving bumper-to-bumper traffic (remember, the