SsangYong is slowly coming of age. There was at time when the Korean manufacturer was best known for producing the oddest looking cars in the world, but times have changed.
With every new model or facelift comes cleaner styling and more appeal. The latest model to undergo a much needed cosmetic surgery is the Stavic people mover.
The new Stavic borrows some design cues from the Kyron and Rexton to simplify the somewhat quirky shape of the preceding model. The update is obvious from the chrome grille that extends the new SsangYong styling theme across the range.
There is a new front bumper fascia, front grille and, on the Sports model, a moulded nudge bar. The top-of-the-range Stavic Limited also receives new 16-inch five spoke alloys while the Sports model receives 16" steel rims.
From the back the new Stavic receives a redesigned rear spoiler with integrated LED stop light, and roof rails. Despite the changes, the rear still has a lot of convincing to do.
The interior has also received its share of improvements with SsangYong building the new Stavic with a Rexton II type steering wheel with integrated T-Tronic gear shift controls.
Additionally the 2008 range gets revised engine mapping for better driveability and lower fuel consumption. The Stavic is also Euro IV compliant after the switch to diesel power across the range.
The powerplant switch means the 3.2-litre petrol engine is no longer offered. The 2.7-litre diesel is coupled to either a five speed manual or a five speed electronically controlled automatic transmission.
The Stavic is still available in both two or four wheel drive with a choice of either Sports or Limited specification level.
You wouldn't know it, but given the lack of diesel cars in Australia, the Stavic takes the honour of Australia's best selling diesel powered people mover, but it's not hard to see why, with seating for seven and a long list of standard features starting from just $32,990.
SsangYong offers a 3 year/100,000 kilometre factory warranty with SsangYong Assist 24/7 roadside assistance.