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Ssangyong SUT 1 Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

It'd be all too easy to assume that Hyundai and Kia are the only Korean automakers out there. After all, together they're the fourth largest automaker in the world. And with Daewoo officially going the way of the dodo – replaced, in name at least, by GM Korea – they are the only ones we get in North America. But overseas buyers can also pick up a Ssangyong.

The other South Korean automaker makes vehicles – not the best, mind you, but they make 'em just the same – like the Actyon. And at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, Ssangyong will be unveiling a new pickup version called the SUT 1 Concept.

Apparently a concept in name only, the SUT version is set to go on sale overseas early next year. And when it does, it will be available with manual or automatic transmissions, in either two- or four-wheel drive, mated to a 2.0-liter diesel with a whopping 153 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque. We know you're excited, so you'll want to check out the preview renderings in the gallery below and the press release below the fold.

[Source: Ssangyong]
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SsangYong will show a stylish new concept of its popular Actyon Sports at the Geneva Motor Show, 3-13 March.

While maintaining the essential characteristics of a traditional pick-up, this concept presents a more contemporary look to reflect the styling expected of today's Sports Utility Truck.

The concept is similar in size to the current Actyon Sports - 4,985mm long x 1,910mm wide x 1,755mm high, and with a generous 3,060mm wheelbase. Satisfying environmental demands for Euro 5 compliance, the new 2.0 litre diesel engine produces a maximum output of 155ps and maximum torque of 360Nm. Optimum torque is delivered across a low yet broad rev range of 1,500-2,800rpm, giving effortless acceleration from low engine speeds.

The new model will offer the choice of either 6-speed manual or automatic transmission in either 2-wheel or 4-wheel drive models. It will go on sale across Europe and other markets from early 2012.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Not bad looking.
      • 4 Years Ago

      What's wrong with the Mahindra? Millions of their vehicles run well in India with it's crappy roads, dust and ferry millions of people. They are even used by the military. And they do this without a hundred million dollar budget.

      Why do you Americans always measure everything by your stupid standards?

      The Euros do things better than you with their little cars and they are growing.

      The Asians do things better than you and you will soon be buying Chinese cars. Hyundai has already proved they are better than the junk produced by American manufacturers.
      • 4 Years Ago
      My eyes! It bu...
      Erm, this one actually looks surprisingly good for a Ssangyong.
      Little confused here.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's... not bad?
        • 4 Years Ago
        No it's not?
        I was expecting much worse when I saw the headline though.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "I wish they'd sell 'em here."

      "There have been far worse pickups (mahindra). "

      I've got some bad news here. Mahindra bought Ssangyong last year. Start questioning the quality and don't expect Ssangyong to show up here any time soon.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What if it were a Sport Luxury Utility Truck?
      • 4 Years Ago
      If I may?

      A. Get rid of the fender grilles.
      2. Change the hidden rear door handles to conventional ones.
      III. Thin out that c-pillar a bit.

      Do those things, and it will be acceptable. Either way, seeing as this is the company that dredged up the Rodius, this shows that they're at least progressing.
        • 4 Years Ago
        They might try a bed that is capable of holding slightly more than an igloo 6-pack cooler.
      • 4 Years Ago
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      I would pay $17,000 for one :)
      • 4 Years Ago
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      bits and pieces of it look very similar to the Subaru Impreza concept shown a few weeks ago:

        • 4 Years Ago
        All I could think of was Impreza concept and that a-bat thing toyota made.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I agree that it looks much better than their previous models.

      "The sincerest form of flattery..."

      153 hp from a two liter diesel is pretty impressive. Over one hp per cubic inch, which used to be a performance benchmark for gas engines. (Yeah, I know, Volkswagen...)

      I wish they'd sell 'em here, I'm a pushover for weird makes (after they lose 95% of their value to depreciation).

      I've still got my eye out for a stripper Daewoo Lanos hatch.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I appreciate the quirky vehicles, I really do...

        but have you seen a doctor lately?
      • 4 Years Ago
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        Also, I was under the impression that people in other countries used pickups for hauling stuff and doing work. This one appears to have been designed to haul people.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well you always hear about the complaints of American trends and culture having an influence on other countries, maybe they are picking up on that US trend as well. :(
        • 4 Years Ago
        Actually, I used to live in South Korea, and there weren't even any pickups sold there until Ssangyong released pickup variants of its SUVs. As far as utility, Americans use pickups (and sometimes vans), Europeans use panel vans, but Koreans use flatbeds like the Kia Bongo: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kia_Bongo

        When Ssangyong's SUTs came out, a lot of Koreans didn't know what to make of them, and I heard the comment several times that the design seemed "too American" - I guess because pickups had been unkown there. The beds are kind of short, and I never saw anyone use the trucks for anything other than personal, leisure purposes. Come to think of it, I don't recall ever seeing people carrying things in the bed. Some folks put fiberglass camper shell roofs on the back.
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