Fresh from its international unveiling at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany, Ssangyong Australia has confirmed the all-new dual-cab ute will join the local line-up before the middle of next year, replacing the current Actyon Dual Cab.
“Ssangyong is looking forward to the release of the new utility next year,” said Ssangyong Australia general manager Jeff Barber.“Its bold new styling, upgrades to engine and transmissions, and the addition of ESP are sure to broaden its appeal and increase demand for the model.”
Ssangyong Australia’s Michelle Rowney said the vehicle’s name was still to be locked down for our market, but admitted the SUT-1 would “most likely” be renamed Actyon.
With the launch still six months away, Ms Rowney said it was too early to speculate on the price, but she insisted pricing would be “competitive”. The current Actyon Dual Cab ute ranges from $24,990 driveaway (Actyon Tradie 4x2 manual) to $39,990 driveaway (Actyon Sports SPR auto).
The new model will come with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission, and will offer with the option of rear-wheel drive or switchable four-wheel drive.
The outgoing model’s six-speed automatic transmission is sourced from Melbourne-based manufacturer Drivetrain Systems International, and Ms Rowney said she was confident the new model would continue to source the self-shifting transmission locally.
Ssangyong Actyon Dual Cab sales have fallen slightly over the first eight months of this year – down from 426 over the same period in 2010 to 394 in 2011. The 4x2 model has a 0.5 per cent share of the market, and its sales are down 28.8 per cent year-to-date. The 4x4 model has a smaller share of its market (0.3 per cent), although sales of this model have increased 22.7 per cent year-to-date.
The new Ssangyong dual-cab ute will join a light-commercial vehicle market in Australia that has never been more competitive. The Actyon replacement will go head to head with all-new or upgraded models of the Ford Ranger, Holden Colorado, Toyota HiLux, Mazda BT-50, Isuzu D-Max, Volkswagen Amarok, as well as the popular Nissan Navara and Mitsubishi Triton, and an increasing number of cut-price Chinese imports.
For the full details and specifications of the Ssangyong SUT-1, read our report from the Frankfurt Motor Show.