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2013-02-08 18:48

FRESH FROM SSANGYONG: it's a family sedan, an MPV, or an 11-seater bus - the Rodius will be with us in SA in August 2013.

South Korean automaker Ssangyong will launch its Rodius luxury SUV - also known as the Turismo in other markets - in South Africa by August 2013.

The Rodius is powered by Ssangyong’s e-XDI200 LET 2.0 turbo-diesel developing 116kW/360Nm and driving through either a six-speed manual or E-Tronic Mercedes-Benz five-speed auto transmission. 

According to Ssangyong: "The new model has the appearance of a large SUV, the driving comfort and features of a sedan and the practicality of an MPV as it can seat up to 11."

VERSATILE SUV

The automaker's design team spent 30 months developing the Rodius at a cost of R1.5-billion. The new model is similar to the Korando SUV.

The seats can be folded flat, while the second and third rows can be transformed into tables. Folding the seats in the second to fourth rows increases cargo space to 3240 litres.

The Rodius has a high level of luxury equipment as standard and the new model will make its global debut at the 2013 Geneva International Motor Show in March.

CEO of Mahindra SA, Ashok Thakur, said: “We're very pleased that we will be able to expand the range of offerings available through our Ssangyong dealers in South Africa. This new model is very innovative and, we believe, ideally suited to the varied lifestyle enjoyed by South Africans, with its spaciousness and versatility certain to be major selling points.”
 

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