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SsangYong back with fresh bakkie

2011-02-08 12:16

THINGS TO COME: The latest concept from embattled SsangYong will be shown at March's Geneva auto show.

SsangYong has emerged from the ashes to show off a stylish bakkie concept for the 2011 Geneva auto show.

Billed as a successor to the current Actyon Sports pick-up, the concept is said to “present a more contemporary look to reflect the styling expected of today’s "sport utility truck".

It’s about the same size as the bakkie it iwill replace, being just under five metres long and about 1.9m wide.

The new bakkie will satisfy Euro 5 emission standards with a new two-litre turbodiesel engine capable of 114kW and 360Nm from 1500-2800rpm. It will hve a choice of six-speed manual or auto transmission in either two or all-wheel drive versions.

Production versions of the concept will reach showrooms in Europe from early 2012.

SsangYong, the smallest of South Korea’s automakers was previously owned by China’s Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp before it was placed under court protection in February, 2009. The struggling automaker was bought by India’s Mahindra and Mahindra late in 2010.

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