Ssangyong's Kyron heading for Australia, mate...

As part of its plan to increase its traffic in the Australian market, SsangYong has introduced its Kyron SUV at the Melbourne International Auto Show, with intent to distribute.

The bizzarely-styled 'ute (reminiscent of an Aztek/Rodius lovechild, but with somewhat more successful results) is at least well-equipped, sporting 18" wheels, rear parking assist, and anti-lock brakes. Underneath, a 2.0-liter common-rail turbodiesel comes yoked to either a self-cogswapper or automatic (both with five forward ratios) and the Kyron's part-time four-wheel-drive setup boasts a two-speed transfer box for minor Outback excursions. A larger 2.7-liter TD and a 3.2-liter gasoline six-cylinder are also expected to reach Australian shores.

Ssangyong's Down Under initiative is part of an almost $1.5 billion dollar (U.S.) infusion by majority shareholder Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC), which company officials claim will result in 10 new models by 2010, including a range of SUVs, sedans and a people mover.

SsangYong hopes to shift about 100 Kyrons a month in Australia, with an MSRP at $34,490 (that's about $25,500 to you Americans out there).

[Source: CarPoint AU]

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