Following the launch of the initial concept form of the vehicle at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2011, the latest version of the utility is more indicative of what the production model will look like when it is released in Australia in the second quarter of 2012.
"Ssangyong is looking forward to the release of the new utility next year. Its bold new styling, upgrades to engine and transmissions, and the addition of ESP are sure to broaden its appeal and increase demand for the model." says Jeff Barber, general manager of Ssangyong Australia.
The new ute combines modern design with a traditional utility body, balancing the needs of load volume with an attractive looking dual cab ute. It will appeal to a wide variety of drivers with its large 2m2 ute tub that caters for outdoor enthusiasts needing room for their gear, business owners, trades people and those in need of a hard working utility.
Drivers have the option of either rear wheel drive or electronically switchable four wheel drive coupled to six speed manual or automatic transmissions, all offering highly competitive economy. The engineering of the SUT-1 focuses on efficiency, with the diesel engine complying with Euro 5 emissions standards resulting in the increased economy.
Typically found on full-size SUV models, the new ute has a combination of double wishbone and five-link suspension, and newly designed engine mounts which minimise vibration in all driving conditions and give the new vehicle a premium feeling.
Also on display at the 2011 International Motor Show was Ssangyong's XIV-1 concept car, an innovative new compact crossover model. The XIV-1 combines the more robust attributes of an SUV with the affordable running costs of a small family car. Warranting much attention is the interior's unique user interface that incorporates smart mobile devices in the cars control systems.
Ssangyong SUT-1 features:
- 116kw 2.0-Litre diesel engine with particulate filter
- Electronically selectable 4WD or rear wheel drive
- 6 speed manual transmission
- 6 speed automatic transmission
- Double wishbone coil front suspension
- 5 link coil rear suspension
- Cruise control
- Electro-chromatic inside rear view mirror
- Steering wheel audio systems controls
- 2DIN MP3 CDP with RDS function
- Bluetooth system
- Trip computer
- Ultra-rigid frame
- Dual airbags
- Disc brakes on all 4 wheels
- Front and rear fog lamps
- Daytime running lights
- ISOFIX child seat attachments
- Electric windows
- Electronic stability program (ESP)
Australian specifications for SUT-1 are yet to be confirmed.
Ssangyong vehicles are diesel powered providing outstanding economy, performance and reliability. They are designed and manufactured in Korea to a high standard of comfort and safety.
The Ssangyong range includes four SUVs - the compact sized Korando the latest addition to the range; the Kyron 4x4, a bona-fide four wheel drive created for easy living, with turbo diesel, European styling and a focus on creature comforts; the Rexton 7 seat AWD with direct injection turbo diesel engine and luxury appointments. The rest of the range comprises the compact Actyon 4x4 SUV, a bold and futuristic styled car with smooth clean diesel power; the Stavic, a 7-seater MPV with first class cabin space, high levels of safety and features such as reverse parking sensors; and the Actyon Dual cab utility available in a 4x2 or 4x4, incredible value for money, turbo diesel and great performance.
Ssangyong has had a presence in the Australian car market for over 10 years and all vehicles come standard with 3 years/100,000km (whichever comes first) warranty and Roadside assistance, except for the Korando which has been extended to five years or 100,000 km.