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New Ssangyong Models Previewed At Johannesburg International Motor Show

Two new SsangYong vehicles - the restyled Korando C SUV and the new Rodius multi-purpose utility vehicle (MUV) - are being previewed at the 2013 Johannesburg International Motor Show. Both will be launched in 2014.

Other vehicles on display will be the recently launched Rexton W SUV and an Actyon Sport Double Cab lifestyle pick-up fitted with SsangYong-approved accessories.
The SsangYong range of vehicles has been distributed in South Africa by Mahindra SA since April 2012 and follows the acquisition of the South Korean vehicle manufacturer in 2011 by the Mahindra Group, based in Mumbai, India.

SsangYong Korando C SUV:

The popular Korando C SUV has been given a major restyling inside and out.
The frontal appearance has changed significantly with the mesh radiator grille being made slimmer and wider, while the new projector headlight assembly incorporates LED daytime running lights.

The dynamic image is accentuated at the rear with the continuation of the side character line, a wide tailgate and a redesigned tail lamp assembly.

The interior appearance has been upgraded too. The new fabric seat covers are more luxurious in appearance while being harder wearing too. Standard equipment includes a full range of convenience and comfort items with the full spectrum of media options such as MP3, Bluetooth hands-free and i-Pod/i-Phone connectivity.

There is a choice of two-litre petrol or turbo-diesel engines and the option of a six-speed manual gearbox or six-speed automatic transmission. There is a choice of front wheel drive or all-wheel drive.

Towing capability is among the best in its class at 2 000kg for the Diesel Korando.
Safety is also improved with six airbags and active head restraints.

SsangYong Rodius MUV:

The innovative new model, which will be launched in South Africa in the first quarter of 2014, 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 7 adults comfortably. SsangYong's design and product engineering teams spent two and a half years developing the Rodius MUV at a cost of R1,5-billion.

This new model reflects SsangYong's product philosophy of being robust and a premium speciality product with the versatility to satisfy a wide variety of driving and transport requirements. It has a family look that is similar to the mid-size Korando C SUV.

The seats can be flattened or folded, while those making up the second and third rows are able to be transformed into tables. Folding the seats in the second and third rows increases cargo space to 3 240-litres.

The Rodius is powered by SsangYong's e-XDI200 LET engine, which is a 2-litre turbo diesel developing 114kW of power and 360N.m of torque. Power goes to the rear wheels through either a 6-speed manual gearbox or 5-speed automatic transmission.
The Rodius has a high level of luxury equipment as standard as well as a number of safety systems including electronic stability control.

SsangYong Rexton W SUV:

The flagship Rexton W SUV continues to be highly capable off-road, but is now more modern and sophisticated in terms of its exterior and interior appearance as well as its equipment levels. Development of the Rexton W has taken two and a half years and represents an investment of almost R1-billion in research and development.
The Rexton W is powered by a 2,7-litre turbo diesel engine. The engine drives the wheels via a six speed manual gearbox or a five-speed automatic gearbox sourced from Mercedes-Benz.

The extensive list of standard equipment is accompanied by an impressive list of safety features, including electronic stability control, active roll-over protection, tyre pressure monitoring and an ultrasonic warning system.

SsangYong Actyon Sports Lifestyle Double Cab:

The Actyon Sports lifestyle Double cab pick-up has undergone a major face lift which involved extensive restyling of the exterior. This extended to the grille, headlamps, front bumper and fenders, bonnet and new-look alloy wheels, as well as a redesign of the side panels for the loadbox and tailgate.

The model on display at the 2013 Johannesburg International Motor Show is fitted with a number of SsangYong approved accessories direct from Korea. These include a front nudge bar, front and rear skid protection plates, side window visors, hard deck covers and side steps.

The interior of the latest Actyon Sports has been refreshed substantially with a new instrument cluster and a centre facia panel with bright metal finish.

Convenience items that have been added include MP3 player and Bluetooth compatibility for the audio system, while the deluxe model has gained cruise control and a trip computer.
Equipment on the standard models includes manual air conditioning, 16" alloy wheels, remote keyless entry, power windows and an alarm immobiliser. Additional equipment on the deluxe version includes climate control, 18" alloy wheels, cruise control, leather-covered steering wheel, rear fog lamp and parking assistance.

The cargo box measuring 2m2 has enough space to carry motorcycles and any other bulky objects. A moulded cargo box lining comes as standard.

Improved safety aspects include a child seat anchorage system on the bench rear seat, while the deluxe model now gets an Electronic Stability Programme (ESP)
There are three models in the Actyon Sport range. Two are part-time four-wheel drive, one with a petrol engine and the other a deluxe version powered by a two-litre turbo diesel engine. The third derivative is a two-wheel drive diesel.

The high efficiency petrol engine of 2,3-litres delivers 110kW of power and 214N.m of torque, while the 2-litre diesel puts out 114kW of power and 360N.m of torque
The diesel engines are mated to a six-speed manual transmission while the petrol variant has a five-speed gearbox.

Towing is a strong point with the Actyon Sport and it can pull a braked trailer of up to 2 300kg for diesel variant and 1 800 kg for the petrol.

A highlight of the presentation to the media today (Thursday, October 18) was the announcement of a 5-Year Freedom for the SsangYong vehicle range. This consists of a 5-year/90 000km guaranteed buy-back, 5-year/90 000km service plan, 5-year/150 000km warranty and roadside assistance.

In summary:

"Our display at the 2013 Johannesburg International Motor Show gives a good indication of how SsangYong has extended its local range as well as giving a glimpse into the future with the new SsangYong Korando C and Rodius. From customers perspective we are excited about launching the new 5-year

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