Dacia has confirmed it will launch the Sandero supermini and the Duster SUV in the UK market in January 2013. The newly announced Sandero Stepway crossover will join the range in May 2013.

The Duster and Sandero are now available for pre-order with delivery in the new year. Order books for the Stepway opens on 1 January. All three are aiming to be the cheapest cars in their respective market segments.

The Sandero Stepway is a crossover version of the Sandero hatch. It features cosmetic changes such as wider wheel arches, a chrome grille, front and rear scuff plates and roof bars. It also benefits from an increase in ride height of 40mm.

It will be available with the Renault group’s  0.9-litre three-cylinder petrol and 1.5-litre diesel motors. The diesel unit emits 105g/km of CO2 and does 70.6mpg while the petrol manages 52.3mpg and 125 g/km.

The Sandero Stepway is available in two trim levels: Ambiance and Lauréate.

Ambiance models get body-coloured bumpers and mirrors, Bluetooth, metallic paint and a radio/CD player.

Lauréate models are further specified with air-conditioning, full electric windows, heated door mirrors, cruise control, rear parking sensors and Dacia’s MediaNav system that features sat-nav and Bluetooth audio streaming.

All Sandero and Sandero Stepway models come as standard with ESC, ABS with emergency brake assist, day-time running lights, driver, passenger and front side airbags and a three-year, 60,000-mile warranty.

The Sandero Stepway range starts at £7,995, risng to £10,795. Owners have the option of extending the warranty to five-years/60,000 miles or seven-years/100,000 miles for £395 and £850 respectively.

Matthew Burrow