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Ssangyong Actyon redefines the SUV


The company that brought us one of the ugliest cars is trying to win favour with something new.

Ssangyong, the Korean brand responsible for the Stavic people mover, hopes to do it with the Actyon.

It is a new move into the four-wheel-drive market with a more city and family-focused wagon that even comes without four-wheel drive.

The Actyon was previewed last month at the Paris Motor Show and also hit centre stage at the Australian Motor Show.

It joins the hard-working Kyron, Rexton and Musso with the promise of more comfort, style and driving enjoyment.

The company is so keen on the car and giving it a new position that it wants the world to call it a "Coupe Sports Utility".

"It's certainly not a typical boxy four-wheel drive and will stand out for all the right reasons," Ssangyong Australia sales and marketing chief Brad Larkham says.

"Actyon has a very aerodynamic shape and will change people's perceptions of compact 4WDs."

But it still has a mechanical package built around a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engine, with 104kW and 310Nm, though it will also come with a 2.3-litre four with 110kW.

The Actyon will also have electronic stability control and double-wishbone front suspension with a five-link rear end.

It will be seen in Sydney as a wagon, but Ssangyong also has a workhorse dual-cab ute to arrive next year.