It has taken an investment of $165 million and three years of work to produce the new SsangYong Rodius Turismo, which will go on sale in the UK later in year with prices yet to be confirmed.
It can seat seven adults in relative comfort and still carry their luggage onboard. There are three rows of seats as well as a large load area which can be further increased by removing the third row completely. The second row of seats can be folded individually and used as tables, and there is still sufficient room to accommodate airline style seat back folding tables.
It will be powered by SsangYong’s own power plant a 2.0 litre turbo charged e-XDi200 diesel engine which outputs 155ps/360Nm with choice of either a 6-speed manual box or a 5-speed T-Tronic Mercedes-Benz automatic transmission.
The new Rodius Turismo utilises double wishbone front suspension and rear independent multi-link suspension and is available with the choice of rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive with low ration gearing.
Equipment will include Air conditioning with an Air Quality System to detect and prevent the ingress of hazardous gases such as carbon monoxide. Eco Cruise Control, a heated windscreen rear parking sensors. Leather upholstery, electrically adjustable and heated front seats, and an MP3 CD & RDS radio with a USB & auxiliary port and Bluetooth connectivity also feature.
Standard safety equipment includes Electronic Stability Program (ESP), Active Roll over Protection (ARP) and Brake Assist System (BAS). There are dual front and side air bags, while ISOFix and tether anchorage points for child seats are fitted on the second row.Published 5 March 2013