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New Ssangyong Actyon claims best fuel economy

The Actyon Sports Dual Cab Ute starts at $26,990 drive away.

It's more a renovation than a reconstruction, but the Indian-owned, Korean-built ute gets its 2-litre turbo-diesel engine a tweaking to broaden its torque band, and a 14kW increase in power to 114kW.

The Actyon Sports ute comes in three versions - entry-level Tradie, mid-range SX and top of the range SPR - with the Tradie and SX available in 2WD or 4WD versions with a choice of a new six-speed manual transmission or a redesigned six-speed automatic.

The SPR comes only as a 4WD automatic. Ssangyong says fuel economy and emissions are improved. The 2WD Tradie and SX manual models claim an average of 7.3 litres/100km and the 4WD manual has 7.4 L/100km. The automatic 2WD claims 7.6 L/100km and the SPR is 7.9 L/100km.

Standard kit on all models includes Bluetooth, trip computer, USB/iPod connectivity, airconditioning, heated side mirrors and windscreen and a liner for the tray.

But to get electronic stability control, buyers have to go to the SX or SPR models. These two also get alloy wheels, cruise control and a leather-bound steering wheel.

The SPR model adds leather seats, climate control for the airconditioning, rear park sensors, 18-inch alloys, electric front seats, folding side mirrors, electronic dimming rear-view mirror, auto wipers and auto headlights, and headlamp levelling device.

Externally the ute has some new panels and grille and is longer, wider and taller than its predecessor. The Actyon Sports Dual Cab Ute starts at $26,990 drive away and has a three-year or 100,000km warranty with three years roadside assist.