New Life Breathed Into SsangYong

In preparation for being taken under the corporate umbrella of Mahindra & Mahindra, SsangYong will be bringing a new concept, known as the SUT 1, to the Geneva Motor Show. The concept will preview a production model of the 2012 Actyon Sports. The Actyon Sports is a mix of small SUV and pickup truck, and that kind of versatility has made it reasonably popular. Think of it as the Subaru Baja of South Korea.

Power will be coming from a 2.0-liter turbo diesel, which produces 155 horsepower and 266lb-ft of torque. You will be able to choose either a manual or automatic transmission, but both options will have six speeds. Customers can also specify rear or all-wheel drive, an important option for so utilitarian a vehicle. Perhaps the most important feature of this vehicle, and its clearest advantage over its predecessors, is that for once there is a SsangYong that isn't appallingly ugly.

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