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by George Skentzos

The SsangYong brand has never exactly been synonymous with elegant design, however its latest model does show promise with the unveiling of two new C200 variants at the Seoul Motor Show.

The SsangYong C200 Aero and C200 Eco promise significantly improved fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions, with production scheduled for later this year and should reach the market in less than 12 months.

Dubbed a compact urban vehicle (CUV), the C200 Eco uses diesel hybrid power while the Aero version has a choice of a high torque 2.0-litre diesel or turbocharged 1.8-litre petrol engines.

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Unfortunately it seems old habits die hard, with the interior design hardly inspiring confidence, although a more sedate colour scheme may help with its appeal.

SsangYong expects class-leading fuel economy from both variants, with CO2 emissions reduced by as much as 50 per cent in the Eco.

2009 SsangYong C200 Aero and Eco

Both variants feature a six-speed auto transmission in their motor show-guise, but manual versions will also be available at launch.

The new C200 has a wheelbase of 2.65m with an overall length of 4.4m, making it smaller and lighter than current SsangYong models.




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