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The wraps have come off the new 11-seat Ssangyong Stavic, with the freshly styled people-mover making its international debut in its home market of South Korea.

Teased in a set of sketches late last month, the second-generation Ssangyong Stavic takes massive strides forward in design, with the original car’s bloated styling superseded by hard edges and tight lines, creating a more assertive character.

The sharper exterior design is matched inside by a more modern cockpit with a centrally positioned instrument cluster, large colour infotainment screen, and a range of new trim colours and materials.

At 5130mm long, 1915mm wide, 1815mm tall and riding on a 3000mm wheelbase, the new Stavic is almost identical in size to the model it replaces, growing just 5mm from nose to tail and sitting 5mm lower.

While the current Stavic is offered in Australia only as a seven-seater, the new Stavic was unveiled in nine-, 10- and 11-seat configurations with up to four seating rows, giving it a unique selling point in the people-mover segment.

The Ssangyong Stavic will initially be offered with a 114kW/360Nm 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine paired with either a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission. A 3.2-litre V6 petrol will also join the line-up at a later date.

Ssangyong’s Australian distributor, Ateco Automotive, says it is working hard to bring the new Stavic to local showrooms before the end of 2013, and is currently considering both drivetrain options.

The outgoing Stavic is one of Australia’s cheapest people-movers, with a starting price of $27,613.

  • $29896495

    This is ridiculous. It’s a friggin ungainly bus, with mini wheels.

    • Zaccy16

      could you imagine the handling of it with 11 people on board!

  • Noddy_of_Toyland

    Imagine the pace of the 4 cylinder with 11 passengers on board. Glacial. The styling is still ugly, not better, but different.

    • Crazy n00b

      Those 7.5 tons GVM delivery trucks have 114KW engines. So this thing can’t be that slow.

      • Noddy_of_Toyland

        It’s all torque my friend.

        • Crazy n00b

          My friend, this thing has 114KW/360Nm. A new Isuzu 7.5 tons GVM delivery truck has 114KW/419Nm. A new Isuzu 5.5 tons GVM delivery truck has 110KW/375Nm. 

          Anyway it’s the power that makes it go. Torque does not have a time dimension in it. A 20kg kid could produce 1,000Nm of torque if you let him just sit at the end of a 5m pivot pole ( Torque = Force X Length = (20 x 9.8N) x 5m = 980N.m.

          • Morphian

            Crazy n00b? More like crazy nerd 😛 in all seriousness, that was very interesting to read…

          • Hung Low

            The difference is the gearing of the trucks that multiply the effective torque and the truck engines being mostly efficient in a lower rpm range from the increased displacement.

          • http://www.bryanbyrtrenault.com.au/ Modern Man

            Torque is what gets you going KW is what keeps you going.

            simple really

          • Cars

            You are missing the key factor here. Peak figures are a marketing ploy. What is important is the AREA under the curves. This is why most 4x4s (Prado, Pajero, and similar tradie utes) that use 4 cylinder turbo diesels are usually around the 3L mark. You can get 2L turbo diesels in smaller vehicles that produce the same sort of power and torque figures yet there isn’t a huge difference between them with respect to acceleration. This is because of the Torque spread (and said area under curve) with the higher capacity engines in the 4x4s.
            Sadly I think this stavic diesel will be underwhelming with a load and thirsty to boot. But if fuel cost is a big issue, it will still be better than the V6.

          • Ssangyong owner

            You obviously know very little about the Ssangyong e-xdi 200 engine then. They have been specifically tuned to have very little turbo lag and to give their peak torque from very low revs to mid range. They will not struggle with this sort of load at all, in fact the engine is the same as fitted to the Actyon Sports and new Rexton W. These engine designs are well ahead of game compared to the Japanese, think european standards of power and economy and you will be on the mark.

    • Fhg

       The Toyota Hiace “commuter” only has 100KW/300NM (diesel) or 111KW/241NM( petrol) with 1 less gear ratio and it carries 14 people.

  • dave

    Please don’t bring it to Australia…it’s still as hideous as ever

    • Pablo

       No please DO bring it  – i want to see who buys these things

      • SANDMAN

        Me too Pablo, I could pick them out in a “LIne-up”

  • $29896495

    Just figured it out, it must be made for the Brethren.

    • Able

      Best comment I’ve ever read on this site!

    • Kd

      The prefer VW Multivan Highlines with the radio/nav removed.

  • guest

    It still looks horrific. I can’t imagine the speed of it with 11 passengers aboard. SLOW!!

  • Crazy n00b

    Squeezing 11 into this category of MPV. Must be for the Phillipino’s market or ferrying illegal workers to the sweat shops.

  • Iggy

    it looks a little like a limo territory

  • John

    They’ve taken away about 75% of the ugly. That means it’s still about 10 times uglier than almost anything else on the road.

  • LowRezFez

    Maybe they should change its name to the Catholic?

    • Zaccy16

      hahaha, will it do things to children then?

      • LowRezFez

        No, it’s not the priest model.

    • Golfschwein

      Ha! The Static Cath’lic Stavic!

  • Dennis

    “Ssangyong’s Australian distributor, Ateco Automotive”


    • $29896495

      I guess we won’t have to worry about seeing any then.

  • MisterZed

    This thing will be hugely popular in Caulfield.

    • DAVIDZ


  • Smart US

    love it

  • SuperChar

    Still tops my list of ugliest car in the world

  • K20A

    “Ssangyong Stavic takes massive strides forward in design..” :)

    Design aside, I like the Korean name of this car ‘Korando Turismo’. That must be Korean for ‘Grand Touring’

  • Daniel

    I think people should give Ssangyong a break over this car. Yes it’s still ugly as ever and the interior is revolting etc. etc., but it’s cheap and carries eleven people! Nothing comes close for value. 

    • $29896495

      30K isn’t cheap

      • Daniel

        It is for an eleven seat people mover! This thing is HUGE and if you have a huge family you’re probably not exactly rolling money. 

  • Sam

    its crazy how hard it is to wipe stereotypes out,but in a matter of time it may gain pace. I wonder what the definition of good looking is for all the fellows calling this vehicle ugly?If its holden commodore,please then don’t bother calling anything ugly.BTW Australian women are some of the ugliest ones I have seen,and Ive been around.Lmao,its the immigrants that bring some color and features into an otherwise drab and white board! Some give it a break fellas!!

    • Hung Low

      Being around Australian women is as far as you got I think, hence your little blinkered remark.

    • Golfmother

      SO right sam , just look at whats riding in most crummerdores tells all .

      • Hung Low

        Yeh your right Bungle, nothing compares to a Lady boy driving a Golf.

    • Garrywhopper

      Sam you probably have a Thailand import bride

    • Deeper

      I reckon that you are a Malayali. I agree with you. Those who have traveled around the world would definitely say that Australian cars and women are so unattractive

      • $29896495

        As a person who has had girlfriends of many ethnic persuasions  I can only say, with some exceptions, sure the other races we have here are beautiful, at least some, but Caucasian Australian women are among the most beautiful in the world. If you are racist and can’t see that I suggest you go back where you came from.

        • Deeper

          Where would you go back? Do you know where your ancestors came from? You might have to search in the convicts records. 

      • Hung Low

        Maybe you and Sam should hook up catcher and pitcher style?

        • Deeper

          No need Hung Low. Thanks for your suggestion based on your own experience.

    • Monica

      hahahah! YES!! So true, Sam! I do NOT have to worry about my husband’s eyes wandering over here!

  • regg

    11 Koreans vs 11 Aussies would be a different weight position. The former may be ok but the latter will kill it.

  • Save It For The Track

    11 seats and nowhere to put the luggage with 11 on board…

    • Jay

       I was just thinking, 11 passengers at the expense of no luggage space?

    • Fhg

      Toyota Hiace “commuter” seats 14 with no luggage space. No room for shoulders either with 4 abreast seating at the back.

  • Kampfer

    Man… how hard is it to design a bus that doesn’t look ugly… Even the just look boring still won’t turn people off like this…

  • filippo

    While it’s still as ugly as a hat-full of foreskins, I give credit where credit is due. 11 seats is rather impressive and is bound to win Ssangyong much-needed sales.

    • $29896495

      among the cults, including Catholics.

      • Hung Low

        The Jehovah’s will be flanking the burbs like crazy with this in their armoury.

  • Adelaide_john

    I would no twan to be in the rear seats and be rear ended !

  • Adelaide_john

    try agian
    I would not want to be in the rear seats and be rear ended !

  • Jourien

    Even if not trying as hard as before, still trying with the “ugliest car in the world” contest. Still win hands down. The Aztek is gone so long ago that is much easier today.


    Good to see they have modernised the worlds’ ugliest car. It’s still the ugliest,just slightly improved. They obviously don’t take much notice of criticism or negative feedback.
    Any salesman that can sell one of these would take out salesman of the year.

  • $29896495

    The family truckster?

  • Joe

    Honestly, some of you guys really have no idea, do you? Some people, probably not very many, but some, would find this vehicle very appealing.

    11 seats, diesel engine, quite a few features etc. If you needed to move a lot of people, this thing could be appealing. And don’t forget, it’s not an 11 seater all of the time, as I am confident that the seats actually move and fold etc.

    To put this into perspective, the biggest selling people mover in the country( and for a long time) has been the Kia Grand Carnival and it is an 8 seater and starts at $38,990 drive away for a base model ’12 plater.

    Obviously people who are in this market had different needs and requirements to people in other markets.

    Given a choice between the Stavic and a Kia Carnival, how easy would it really be?

  • Hehe

    It’ll be popular among uni students. $27,613 divided by 11 people and for approx $2.5k they get a brand new BUS!

    Or maybe for red necks with 9 kids

    • Sam

      Having several children doesn’t make you a redneck



  • Jetlee6666

    No no no.. always like that… but can you do better then that??? the answer is no no no… hehe..

  • Justin

    Hilarious neative comments left by people that have no idea. I have owned the current model for 5 years and to put it simply, it sh#%ts all over any other people mover at 1/3 of the price. I will admit I was not a fan of the Stavic when looking for a people mover back then but decided to test drive to compare, that’s all it took – heaps of power even loaded, amazing fuel efficiency, great handling for its size, room for 7 plus all luggage and not a moments trouble, put in fuel and drive. I challenge those who bag them, actually go and sit in one and drive it, not just make up stuff like ‘ it must have no power’ etc, you have no clue! I will definetly be looking at the new model.

  • Craig Carroll

    Can’t wait till they hit Australia , I want one

  • Happy Family

    Australia needs more vehicles like this. Our option is to drive a Toyota Hiace! ! Uukk. Please bring this to oz ASAP! !