We saw the concept at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, but the real thing showed up at the Frankfurt Motor Show. SsangYong used the German auto show stage to reveal its all-new production-ready SUT-1 quad-cab pickup truck. SsangYong refers to the SUT-1 as a Sports Utility Truck, hence the SUT name.

Available in rear or four-wheel-drive, the SUT-1 will be sold with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. Either gearbox will pair up with the 153-horsepower 2.0-liter diesel four-cylinder engine mounted under the hood.

A true body-on-frame pickup, the SsangYong SUT-1 features a double-wishbone suspension up front and a five-link rear out back. Four-wheel discs sit at each corner, and tuck in behind either 16 or 18-inch alloy wheels. Still, just because the outside conditions might get tough, it doesn't mean you have to feel it inside of the South Korean utility. Among the options list niceties? Power leather heated seats an audio system that supports Bluetooth connectivity and MP3 playback.
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SSANGYONG SUT-1
IAA International Motor Show, Frankfurt 2011


Production version of SsangYong's tough new pick-up unveiled in Frankfurt
Design remains true to the SUT-1 concept from the 2011 Geneva Motor Show
Robust all wheel drive truck benefits from SsangYong's legendary 4x4 capabilities
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.

Making its world debut at the IAA International Motor Show, Frankfurt 2011, SsangYong's SUT-1 is ready to enter mass production. Having debuted in concept form at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2011, the truck has now evolved into a showroom ready model.

Applying modern design techniques to the traditional pick-up body has resulted in a stylish Sports Utility Truck that perfectly presents the dynamism and strength of SsangYong Motor. Balancing the needs of load volume with attractive lines, SUT-1 is the ideal vehicle for a wide variety of drivers, whether they enjoy leisure activities such as camping, skiing and cycling or they just need a hard working truck.

Far from being a stripped out commercial model, SUT-1 offers the cabin comfort and luxury of a premium SUV. Equipment includes a sunroof, RDS & Bluetooth audio, rear view camera, hinge sprung tailgate and a trip computer. Safety equipment hasn't been forgotten either, with functions such as ESP and dual airbags fitted to make SUT-1 a genuine alternative to a conventional 4x4.

Efficiency has also been at the forefront of SUT-1's engineering, with the 2.0 Active Diesel Engine complying with Euro 5 emissions standards and offering highly competitive economy. CO2 emissions have been reduced to 186g/km, representing a nine per cent improvement over the engine's previous performance.

This impressive efficiency is achieved without any compromise in performance. Peak torque of 360Nm is maintained across a wide range of 1,500 to 2,800rpm, while 190Nm is delivered at a near-idle 1,000rpm.

Styling

When penning the SUT-1's distinctive lines, designers had in mind SsangYong's corporate product development philosophy, 'Robust, Specialist, Premium'. Expressing the company's latest design language, SUT-1 takes on a dynamic appearance displayed through the bird-wing shaped radiator grille and headlamp silhouette.

The SsangYong's stylish body houses a spacious five-seat cabin, enabling both the driver and passengers to travel in comfort en route to their chosen activity. A large 2m2 deck provides ample space for all types of extreme sports equipment, making SUT-1 the ideal companion for anyone with a growing sense of adventure.

New eco-friendly powertrain

Drivers have the option of either rear wheel drive or on demand four wheel drive in their SUT-1, coupled to six speed manual or automatic transmissions. The 2.0 Active Diesel Engine fitted to all variants is impressively efficient despite its 155ps power output. Buyers of the automatic model also benefit from a sixth cruising gear for maximum comfort and economy at motorway speeds.

Strong safety specifications

The ultra-rigid frame body is equipped with front seat dual airbags and seatbelt pretensioners with load limiters. Passenger safety is further prioritised through the installation of ISOFIX attachments for a child seat and ESP (Electronic Stability Program), including various functions such as Active Rollover Protection and Brake Assist System (ABS).

Comfort and handling

SsangYong has engineered SUT-1 to offer all the dynamic appeal of a premium SUV. The truck's combination of double wishbone and five-link suspension is more commonly found on full-sized SUV models, while the optimal tuning of engine mounts has minimised vibration in all driving conditions.

EQUIPMENT

Mechanical

- 155ps 2.0-litre diesel engine with particulate filter

- Part-time 4WD

- 6 speed manual transmission

- 6 speed automatic transmission

- Double wishbone front suspension

- 5 link rear suspension

Seats

- Electric driver's seat

- Electric passenger seat

- Leather upholstery

- Heated front seats

Climate control

- Manual air conditioning

- Fully automatic air conditioning

Appearance

- 16" alloy wheel

- 18" alloy wheel

- Leather steering wheel

- Sunroof

Convenience

- Cruise control

- Power folding rear view mirrors

- Electro chromatic inside rear view mirror

- Steering wheel audio systems controls

- 2DIN MP3 CDP with RDS function

- Bluetooth system

- Trip computer

Safety

- Ultra-rigid frame

- Dual airbags

- Immobiliser

- Reversing warning system

- Disc brakes on all 4 wheels

- Front and rear fog lamps

- Daytime running lights

- ISOFIX child seat attachments

- Electric windows

- Electronic stability program (ESP)



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      brian
      • 3 Years Ago
      So the long-bed version of this would be called a SLUT?
      • 3 Years Ago
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      soundbargaming
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is there a rule somewhere that all Chinese vehicles have to look ripped off and have absolutely no style whatsoever?
        askroon
        • 3 Years Ago
        @soundbargaming
        Ssangyong is Korean
        hypermiler
        • 3 Years Ago
        @soundbargaming
        @ soundbargaming Yes, because Chinese are the masters of cost-cutting and the best way to cut cost is pirate somebody else's design and make it with sub-standard parts.
        sysadm1n
        • 3 Years Ago
        @soundbargaming
        You ignorant fool.
      Will Petraska
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks great! Really impressed by this. I'd buy one over one of the bland boring Japanese trucks, let alone one of the domestics.
      banstaman
      • 3 Years Ago
      That face, where have I seen it before? It looks a bit like the 4Runner.
        Making11s
        • 3 Years Ago
        @banstaman
        I was just thinking it looked like a Highlander pickup, but 4Runner is probably more accurate.
      Terry
      • 3 Years Ago
      I didn't think the Honda Ridgeline could get any uglier. This strikes me as a poor knock off of the Japanese truck.
        straferhoo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Terry
        Ridgeline is a poor copy of Avalanch, but this truck/sut looks nothing like the Ridgeline. Only remote resemblance is the cover thingy behind the cab.
      MechE
      • 3 Years Ago
      I was surprised to see a Chinese design that isnnt hideous or a rip-off, it actually looks pretty good. Did a quick search on Ssang Yong and found out its a Korean brand, now it makes sense. For some reason the Koreans have the styling down on lots of their cars pretty well.
        Dest
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MechE
        Are you kidding me? This thing looks on par with Chinese design, which isn't anything near acceptable to say the least. And all the new, good designs from Kia are from their American design studio headed by a non-Korean and Hyundais are now designed in the US now too (albeit they look immature and overly trendy).
      Seph
      • 3 Years Ago
      the front design looks nice, although I feel like the grill was borrowed from KIA, while the headlights are borrowed from Toyota.
        john92lx91gls
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Seph
        Same thought here, I was actually expecting to read it was based on the HiLux or Tacoma.
      SamBlob
      • 3 Years Ago
      I guess Ssangyong has finally found out that the Pontiac Aztek looked awful and should not have been copied and has replaced their Actyon Sport with a new pickup truck. Pity that their new pickup now apes the Chevrolet Avalance at the sides and the Subaru Impreza at the front.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Dafish
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well it looks pretty good except that thing on the bed going up to the cab. I would call it a SUV not a SUT as the bed looks like it might be 4 feet long a true truck has to be at least 5 feet.
      AdvancedtechKR
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is so awesome :) Our fans have been wanting to hear more Ssangyong news. I was able to see this as a concept car back in April at the Seoul Motor Show too :) I shared this on project Advanced Technology and Design Korea's facebook fan page and twitter. There's a Ssangyong SUV1 post on the blog, hopefully you'll find it helpful. Keep it up guys and have a good one! (@advancedtechkr)
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