2012 SsangYong Actyon Sports: Efficient ute revealed

The 2012 SsangYong Actyon Sports has been revealed in production form ahead of the all-new ute’s Australian launch in March.
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Powered by a 114kW/360Nm 2.0-litre e-XDi200 turbo diesel engine, the Actyon promises to be among the most fuel efficient utes on the market.

Its 15.6km/L rating under Korean fuel consumption ratings is likely to translate to a combined cycle fuel consumption figure of approximately 7.0 litres per 100km in Australia. SsangYong Australia will confirm the Actyon Sports’ official specifications closer to its local launch.

Power is sent to the rear or all four wheels via a six-speed manual transmission or an Australian-made six-speed automatic. Peak torque is maintained from 1500-2800rpm.

The dual-cab ute (called Korando Sports in some overseas markets) is faithful to the SUT-1 concept that was first revealed at last year’s Frankfurt motor show.

The styling is decidedly less polarising than the awkward model it replaces, and has a considerably tougher, bolder appearance. The interior receives a mild update, and the layout remains simple and uncluttered. SsangYong says the Actyon Sports will have the second-widest load area in its class as well as a two-tonne towing capacity.

The SsangYong Actyon Sports dual cab will be available in three variants in Australia: Tradie, Sports and SPR.

Pricing and equipment data will be revealed at the ute’s launch in March. SsangYong Australia told CarAdvice the Actyon Sports would be competitively priced and well specified.

The outgoing SsangYong dual cab range is priced from $24,990 to $39,990 driveaway.

Electronic stability control, rain-sensing wipers, USB input, Bluetooth phone connectivity and audio streaming, and a 6.5-inch display with satellite navigation head the list of features available overseas.

The new Actyon Sports will join a number of new utes in Australia in 2012, including the Chinese-made Foton Tunland in the second quarter of the year and the Holden Colorado around mid-year.