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Ssangyong brought their new SUT1 concept to Geneva. It’s said to be a thinly disguised version of the production model launching in Europe and Asia (possibly Australia) later this year. The Korean auto industry has really stepped up their game in the last couple of years and the SUT1 is no exception.
The SUT1 is quite stylish and looks a lot like Fords new WildTrak. It’s probably not a coincidence as they’ll be competing head to head in many markets. Though pricing and final options haven’t been announced it’s very likely the SUT1 will under-cut the WildTrak on price though probably not performance.
What’s under the bonnet? A 2.0-liter diesel producing 153 horsepower (155 PS – 114 kW) and 266 lb/ft of torque (360 Nm). The engine will be mated to a six-speed in your choice of either automatic or manual gearbox. Four-wheel drive will be optional. It’s also quite clean, meeting Euro 5 emissions standards.
Gone are the days of bare-bones work trucks. The SUT1 has the standard list of safety and convenience features, including: Bluetooth audio, sunroof, back-up camera, electronic traction control and air bags. Optional features include: leather seats (heated fronts), climate control and steering wheel controls for an upgraded audio system.
Like the Ford WildTrak, the Ssangyong SUT1 will not be coming to the United States. However, interested European buyers should start seeing them in showrooms toward the end of 2011.
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