Besides the XIV-1 Concept, which looks just like the Evoque, SsangYong has also revealed, during the same Frankfurt Motor Show event, its newest creation, named the SUT-1, which isn’t actually that new because it has seen daylight for the first time in concept form during the Geneva Motor Show in March 2011, the only difference to that being the fact that the SUT-1 is ready to enter production.
“Offering all the robust, high value, high quality attributes of SsangYong vehicles in a new pick-up opens up the brand’s strengths to a whole new area of the global new vehicle market”, as it is written in an official statement released by the automaker.
Even if it isn’t an all-wheel drive vehicle, the SUT-1 is promising to gain new customers through its engine range, or engine in this case, the 2.0 liter Active Diesel which is complying with the Euro 5 emissions standards and is offering 155 PS and 360 Nm of torque between 1.500 and 2.800 rpm, while emitting just 186 g of CO2 every kilometer, a nine percent improvement compared to the engine’s previous performance.
SsangYong says that its new SUT-1 can be fitted with a part-time 4WD, along with two choices for the transmission, six-speed manual or six-speed automatic. The safety features in this car are stopping at the dual front airbags, seatbelt pretensioners with load limiters, ESP, Active Rollover Protection and ABS, which can mean only one thing: low production costs leading to low entry-level price. The only question is how low? Renault’s Dacia Duster low? Or just low?