Production version of SsangYong SUT-1 unveiled

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 19, 2011

SsangYoung has unveiled the full production SUT-1 ‘Sports Utility Truck’, which has been highly anticipated ever since the four-door pickup concept was displayed at the Geneva Motor Show last March. There are very few changes when it comes to design but several luxury features have disappeared altogether.

The headlamps, taillights, grille and bumpers appear the same but they have been dulled somewhat. It is powered by SsangYoung’s efficient Euro 5 compliant 2.0-liter diesel that delivers 155hp and 360 Nm of torque between 1,500 and 2,800 rpm.

The power is distributed to the back. Consumers may opt for the part-time 4WD and a six-sped automatic. The model that comes with a manual boasts of having an EU economy rating of 7.1 liters per 100 km. It offers a CO2 emissions rating of 186 g/Km.

The automatic variant can be driven 100 kilometers with just 7.6 liters of fuel. It emits 201 grams of CO2 per km. This vehicle was built with an ultra-rigid frame body construction and it comes with front seat dual airbags and seatbelt pretensioners with load limiters. Safety is enhanced with the fitting of ISOFIX attachments for a child seat and ESP (Electronic Stability Program). It also comes with Active Rollover Protection and Brake Assist System (ABS).

The new SsangYong SUT 1 concept – an evolved version of the Actyon Sports -- is aimed at becoming the best pick-up truck in the world. SsangYong Motor developed this truck according to its design philosophy of “premium, robust, specialty.” SsangYong launched the Actyon Sports in April 2006, and the pickup – with its powerful design and coupe-like interior styling – managed to gain followings in several auto markets in the world like in Europe, South America and Asia.

Now, the new SUT 1 concept further evolves the Actyon Sports by injecting modern styling to its original design. Its roomy interior has been augmented visually by its lamp design and sharp lines. Not only that, its robust and practical character makes the SUT 1 concept ideal for any travel needs, like when going out of town.

As an evolved version of the Actyon Sports, the SUT 1 concept also features improvements in terms of safety and convenience, thanks to certain elements like ESP and dual airbags (safety) as well as rear-view, camera, sunroof, Bluetooth audio, a trip computer and hinge spring type tailgate (convenience).

Overall, the SUT 1 concept features a smart design that carefully reflects the identity of the South Korean carmaker. Distinguishing features include bird-wing shaped hexagonal radiator grille, trapezoidal bumper and a headlamp silhouette. Inside, the SUT 1 concept features a roomy interior that could seat five people as well as a roll-bar that could connect to a large capacity 2m2 deck.

Moreover, the exterior of the SUT 1 concept could be finished in any of the available color while the interior features real wood. The exterior of the SUT 1 concept is accentuated by dynamic off-road tires.

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