2013 Geneva Motor Show: SsangYong debuts the new Rodius MPV in Europe

Article by Christian A., on March 7, 2013

SsangYong is preparing to launch its new Rodius MPV in Europe. It wasn’t a quick climb. In fact, this car took nearly three years and a $165 million investment to develop. This car offers the flexibility of multiple roles as well as the ride comfort and features of a luxury saloon. It also comes in a new shape.

The new Rodius comes with a dynamically strong and unique appearance due to major features like its inventive and flexible design layout, lavish interior and competitive position in the market. It will start selling in Europe and other export markets later in the year. SsangYong’s designers made sure that its new MPV has a distinctive and innovative appearance that consumers and observers will appreciate.

The designers set out to make it sporty as well as lush and dignified to match with the many roles of this car. The car offers both a fluidity and strength. Its front features a hexagonal shaped radiator grille and trapezoidal bumper while the overall design has masked its big exterior volume.

Because of its 3,000mm wheelbase, the car offers a roomy interior space that could fit seven grownups and their luggage comfortably. There are three rows for seating. It also has a big load area that can expand some more by taking out the third row. If you need tables, you can fold the second row of seats individually.

There’s also enough room to hold airline style seat back folding tables. Powering the Rodius is SsangYong’s own 2.0 litre turbo charged e-XDi200 diesel engine that offers a performance level and NVH that the market has already tested and applauded.

The e-XDi200 engine offers maximum power of 155ps/4000rpm and maximum torque of 360Nm/1,500-2,800rpm. It’s meant to deliver low end torque regardless of the conditions, whether on or off road. Buyers can choose from either a 6-speed manual transmission or a 5-speed T-Tronic Mercedes-Benz automatic transmission, which both offer first-rate durability, a harmonious gear-changing performance and silent operation.

New Rodius employs double wishbone suspension on the front and independent multi-link suspension on the rear – a setup that allows for firm body motion control, optimum stability and a flat ride while making sure that occupants enjoy a quiet and comfortable environment. Although the new Rodius comes as a rear-wheel drive MPV as standard, it could also be specified as a four-wheel drive unit with low gear ratio, thereby ensuring safer handling and more grip in any weather or terrain condition.

In addition, the new Rodius is provided with an array of active safety systems like Active Roll over Protection (ARP), Brake Assist System (BAS) and Electronic Stability Program (ESP). Moreover, the new MPV features dual front and side air bags, with ISO-Fix and tether anchorage points for child seats installed on the second row. Likewise, the front and rear of the new Rodius are fitted two high strength sub-frames, which help disperse any impact shocks from a frontal or off set collision while at the same time protect passengers by minimizing the distortion of the cabin.

Known for providing a wide array of standard equipment, SsangYong nevertheless made sure that its new MPV boasts of a high level of comfort, convenience and luxury. For instance, it is provided with air conditioning and Eco Cruise Control, as well as an Air Quality System that could detect and prevent the entry of hazardous gases (like carbon monoxide or hydrocarbons) into the cabin.

Likewise, the new Rodius features a heated windscreen that could prevent the wipers from freezing. Rear parking sensors are also fitted. Additionally, the new Rodius boasts of leather upholstery as well as electrically adjustable and heated front seats. Also provided is an MP3/CD & RDS radio with an USB, auxiliary port and Bluetooth connectivity.

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