Ssangyong exhibited 4 vehicles at the 2012 Auto Expo. While most of these vehicles may look snazzy, not all of them are going to make it to India. In fact only the Rexton and the non electric version of the Korando have a possibility of being launched in the near future. Ssangyong exhibit had the Rexton, the Korando E, Actyon and XIV-1.
The Rexton is a full-size SUV with a powerful 2.7 liter diesel engine producing 180 horses. The 7 seater vehicle will be priced in the region of Rs 20 lakh and will compete with the upper band of the mainstream SUVs comprising the likes of the Fortuner. (Violet) is a 7 seater in the segment having the Toyota Fortuner. The Rexton comes equipped with a very long list of features and equipment and is a good off-roader as well. Its success in India will depend primarily on Mahindra’s marketing acumen, which the Indian company has in spades.
Also displayed with the Rexton was the Korando E, and electric version of the Korando crossover. The electric version is powered by batteries which are good to hold enough charge to give this machine a range of 180km.
The Actyon Sports pick up truck may be popular in certain countries, but the chances of its making it to the Indian market are pretty bleak.
The XIV-1 is a concept car that represents Ssangyong’s design capabilities for premium crossover utility vehicles. Its renderings were released in August. The XIV-1, which stands for “eXciting user Interface Vehicle-1,” is equipped with an advanced user interface that enables drivers to use mobile devices such as smart phones to check information on and control the car, realizing a genuine Mobile Auto System without limits on time and place.