Frankfurt 2011: SsangYong SUT-1


SsangYong has revealed their all-new SUT-1 pickup truck at this year's Frankfurt Auto Show.

South Korean automaker SsangYong may not be known to many in the U.S, but it's a popular brand in its native country and is also sold in parts of Europe. And now they've revealed the production version of their new pickup at the Frankfurt Auto Show. First shown in concept form last spring at Geneva, the SUT-1 is now ready to enter production. Described as being "an ideal vehicle for a wide variety of drivers," the pickup also has many upscale features that are often seen on premium SUVs.

According to the automaker's press release, "equipment includes a sunroof, RDS and Bluetooth audio, rear view camera hinge sprung tailgate, and a trip computer." Whether any or all of those features are standard was not specifically stated. Styling wise, our first impression was that it resembles the Honda Ridgeline. However, we also think the bed is too small (at least for Americans). The interior, which seats up to five, looks nice, but perhaps it's still a bit too conservative. Power comes from a 2.0-liter inline-four diesel with 153hp that's mated to a either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.

Buyers will also have a choice between rear-wheel or on demand four-wheel drive. Overall, the SUT-1 is a nice effort by the automaker, but for anyone needing a truck, there are clearly many other better choices out there. No official pricing was announced, nor a timeframe for first showroom deliveries.

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