SsangYong will launch a Korando Sports utility pick-up this autumn.
The new model was first presented as the SUT-1 (sport utility) concept at international motor shows in 2011 and in production ready form at this year’s Geneva Motor Show.
SsangYong believes the five-seater double cab will appeal to those who need a working vehicle, the practicality of four wheel drive, 2.3 tonne towing but can also operate as a family car.
The pick-up has 2.04m2 load area on the flat deck complete with load liner and anchor points.
Prices will be announced at its launch in October but SsangYong said it’s likely they will be “extremely competitive”.
The new model puts SsangYong in competition with Mitsubishi’s L200 and the Great Wall Steed.
The Korando Sports features a 153bhp 2.0-litre diesel with peak torque of 360Nm delivered between 1,500rpm and 2,800rpm.
There are two models in the range – the SX and EX. The EX comes with leather upholstery with seat warmers, powered driver’s seat, 18-inch alloy wheels, heated, electrically adjustable and power folding door mirrors, and rear parking sensors. A six-speed automatic transmission with cruise control is also available as an option.
An optional rigid hard top is available and comes with a hinged rear window that closes behind the tailgate so that the car’s central locking secures and protects the contents.
Standard safety features include electronic stability programme (ESP), active roll-over protection (ARP) and hill start assist (HSA). A five-year warranty is also standard.
There are currently 52 SsangYong dealers covering England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, with new locations soon to be announced.