Ssangyong SUT 1 Concept - Geneva reveal
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Ssangyong, the other other South Korean automaker, has cranked out a "concept" SUV/pickup for the overseas markets. Please, hold your applause until the end. In reality, the SUT-1 Concept is actually a near-future production model for Ssangyong, and only a concept because they've dubbed it one.

As shown here, the SUT-1 draws power from a 153-horsepower 2.0-liter diesel four-banger sporting 265 pound feet of torque. Buyers in the European and Asian markets where this vehicle will be sold will have the choice between a manual or automatic transmission.

Unfortunately, truck fans, Ssangyong won't be gracing us with the SUT-1's presence. That's a bummer, because we still believe there's promise in the idea of a small pickup – particularly with a diesel. Besides, this one looks a good bit better than the aging Honda Ridgeline, no?


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The SsangYong SUT 1 concept unveiled at Geneva motor show.

The goal of the SUT 1 concept is simple - be the world's best pick-up truck. This evolution of the Actyon Sports has been developed in the spirit of SsangYong Motor's design philosophy of "premium, robust, specialty."

Actyon Sports was first rolled out in April 2006, and has since gained popularity around the world -including in Europe, South America and Asia - because of its dynamic design and coupe-like interior styling. As the only sports utility truck from Korea, the 5th-largest auto producing nation in the world, Actyon Sports continues to show its global competitiveness.

The SUT 1 concept adds a modern style to the original pick-up design. With its spacious interior, sharp lines and cutting-edge lamp detail, this dynamic, robust and trendy sports utility truck is perfect for camping and skiing trips, transportation or driving around town.

Both safety and convenience have been improved by including a variety of convenient features such as a sunroof, Bluetooth audio, rear-view camera, hinge spring type tailgate and a trip computer. Safety features such as ESP and dual airbags are also included. To meet the eco-friendly and high efficiency standards expected by today's auto industry, the car is powered by SsangYong's FR 2.0 Active Diesel engine which satisfies Euro 5 emissions standards, has better fuel efficiency and produces lower CO2 emissions. In rear-wheel-drive form with a manual transmission, it produces only 193 grams of CO2 per kilometre.

With a maximum power of 155 PS and maximum torque of 360 Nm at 1,500-2,800 rpm, its low end torque of 190 Nm is good enough to challenge the best in class.

SsangYong Motor will start production on the SUT 1 concept in the second half of 2011 and is expected to roll out around 35,000 cars in Korea and other markets in early 2012.

Styling

The SUT 1 concept shows SsangYong's identity through its smart and robust design. The headlamp silhouette and bird-wing shaped radiator grille and bumper were designed to give it a stylish look. Its geometric lines, evident in the hexagonal radiator grille and trapezoidal bumper, complete its robust appearance.

In addition to its spacious five-seat interior, the basic utility of the SUT 1 concept helps people enjoy their lives, both in the community and through outdoor activities. Off-road tyres have been fitted along with a roll-bar which connects seamlessly to a stylish and large capacity 2m2 deck that can carry extreme sports equipment with ease.

The SUT 1 concept further captures the active outdoor image by using a palette of colours that fit in with the great outdoors. This theme is continued with the premium Sports Utility Truck's real wood interior, pointing to its quality and value.

Eco-Friendly New Powertrain

SsangYong's engineering team takes great pride in the development of the FR 2.0 Active Diesel Engine in the SUT 1 concept. This eco-friendly diesel engine is available with six-speed manual or six-speed automatic gearboxes and two-wheel or four-wheel drive transmissions. The six-speed automatic transmission has a wide range of gear ratios, providing strong power at low speeds and low engine RPMs at high speeds.

Improved Safety

Starting with the ultra-rigid frame, front dual airbags, seatbelt pretensioner and load limiter, and continuing with active rollover protection, the brake assist system of the ESP (Electronic Stability Program), and the ISOFIX system for baby seat stability, driver and passenger safety is our primary consideration.

Comfortable Driving Experience

The perfect harmony of the premium SUV's front double-wishbone suspension and rear five-link suspension makes for ideal driving stability and comfort. The frame is very efficient at dampening vibration and road noise and the tuned engine mounts helps to absorb vibrations while driving or idling. The result is a comfortable driving experience for both driver and passengers.

EQUIPMENT

Mechanical

- Part-time 4WD

- Six-speed manual transmission

- Six-speed automatic transmission

- Double wishbone front suspension

- Five-link rear suspension

Seats

- Driver power seat

- Passenger power seat

- Leather seats

- Heated front seats

Climate Control

- Manual air conditioning

- Fully automatic air conditioning

Appearance

- 16" alloy wheels

- 18" alloy wheels

- Leather steering wheel

- Sunroof

Convenience

- Cruise control

- Power folding outside rear view mirror

- Electro chromatic inside rear view mirror

- Dual remote electronic keyless entry system

- Steering wheel audio systems controls

- 2DIN MP3 CDP with RDS function

- Bluetooth system

Safety

- Ultra-rigid frame

- Dual airbag

- Immobilizer

- Rear obstacle warning system

- Disc brakes on all 4 wheels

- Front and rear fog lamps

- Daytime Running lamps

- ISOFIX baby car seat security

- Safety power window

- Electronic stability program (ESP)