Ssangyong Actyon Sports

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When the SsangYong Actyon Dual Cab Ute range was released years ago we found a few items we thought needed rectification. listened and the second-generation Actyon is a work-and-play ute-market contender.

seems to have had more than Phar Lap, but the future now is assured, following a takeover by wealthy Indian maker Mahindra. This relationship promises a much future than the previous marriage with Daewoo was based on shaky financial

The injection of Indian capital has SsangYong’s engineers to incorporate important changes to the Actyon Ute and our of the new machine shows that it to be checked out by anyone looking for a 2WD or 4WD ute.

The Actyon heritage back to the Musso Sports which used a Mercedes-Benz-derived and the Actyon continues that but not with the ancient and asthmatic 2.9-litre diesel. The Actyon is a state of the art, third-generation, four that displaces two and is pressurised by a variable-geometry turbocharger.

The 2007 diesel four had of 104kW at 4000rpm, with torque of 310Nm at 1800rpm, but the model scores 114kW, peak torque of 360Nm in the band. Oil drains are at 15,000km, is considerably more generous most diesel ute service

The upgraded diesel couples to a new manual transmission, replacing the Borg Warner T10-based The Drive Train Systems auto box option also has Warner heritage and, it was launched in 2007 as a five-speed, auto is now a six-speed. On 4WD models a (2.48:1 and 1:1) transfer is standard equipment

The 2012 retains the same ladder-frame and running gear as its 2007 along with most panels. Suspension is 4WD wagon-style, double-wishbones and coil springs up and coil-sprung, five-link-located live axle. In exchange for wagon-like and handling there’s a payload in comparison with leaf-sprung end utes: 800+kg compared most crew-cab utes’ one-tonne plus.

Towing capacity is also low, at 2300kg.

However, the Sports is said to meet the Tax Office’s formula for freedom FBT.

The 2012 Actyon Ute retains most of the 2007 bodywork, but where changes been made, they’re all with the most noticeable revised frontal appearance. is the quirky Bruce the Shark that was reminiscent of a 1937 or a 1940 Ford: replaced by conventional split-upper and lower styling.

There’s one body in the Actyon Sports Ute range: a pickup, but there are now three levels buyers can choose

Exterior and interior build looks first class, regular panel gaps and finish throughout. SsangYong ‘blind’ market research in 2007 reportedly indicated most people didn’t the Actyon was Korean-made and acceptance of products has increased markedly then.

The base-model Actyon 2WD six-speed retails for $25,282 and 4WD is a reasonable option. (Compare with the difference between most 2WD and 4WD The six-speed auto box is an additional

In the ‘base’ Tradie model the gets: five steel wheels; disc/drum brakes; with audio streaming; steering column; steering controls for Bluetooth functions and and downshift buttons for the auto dual SRS airbags; AM/FM CD with MP3 and USB jacks; power and heated mirrors; LED instrument trip computer; manual air lumbar adjustable driver’s alarm/immobiliser; front fog lamps; belt pretensioners and three seat anchorages. A plastic liner and front fog lamps are standard.

The SX 2WD and 4WD versions pick up: control on auto models; 16-inch wheels; four brakes; leather-bound steering four-channel ABS brakes; electronic control (ESC) with start assist (HAS), control, active roll-over EBS and BAS. The RRP range is $29,282 to

The top of the range SPR is 4WD auto only and with: 18-inch aluminium leather seat covers; control air conditioning; rear sensors; auto headlights and headlight levelling; auto-dimming vision mirror; power-adjustable and front seats and power-folding RRP is $39,809.

On and Off-road

We drove our ute Sydney-Melbourne-Sydney three-up, as well as metro and bush-road testing. checks are easy enough and the bay is well laid out and finished. items are easy to identify.

The ute tub is high-sided and fitted with loops.

Getting comfortable the wheel is easy, thanks to the driver’s seat and steering even easier in the SPR with its front seats. The driving is very good, with all in easy reach and excellent and rearward vision.

The diesel quickly and idles without much diesel ‘crack’. under way it’s indistinguishable a petrol engine, except low speed torque is much The previous Actyon diesel from lag when the accelerator was but the variable geometry turbo on the engine removes that entirely.

Anyone who drives the Actyon and doesn’t know the engine is a small capacity two-litre feel that performance is The six-speed automatic shifts and has a downshift program when in control, to help control descent speed.

Economy is for a ute, but our testing on highway and town couldn’t match claim of a combined cycle of 7.9L/100km. We managed 8.8L/100km at gross vehicle mass.

some load on board the Sports Ute’s steering and are exemplary and it feels more than any 4WD ute we’ve evaluated to Coils all around outperform any bar/leaf or coil/leaf setup. without a load in the tray the reacts harshly to rough and dirt roads.

The Koreans famous for damper design and we that’s where the problem

Our off road testing was limited to site work and smooth trails, where the vehicle’s low gearing and powerful traction system did excellent work. The Sport’s nemesis is car-like clearance that limits its ability.

We reckon there’s scope in the Actyon Sports Ute for suspension refinement and ground development that would it a much better bush

As it’s now presented the SsangYong Sports Ute has great market Tradies and their families love the vehicle’s combination of low and car-like equipment levels, and the of 2WD and 4WD variants covers a wide segment.

Ground clearance the Actyon’s site and off-road so VW Amarok, Thai-built Japanese and Mahindra currently have the edge over the SsangYong.

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