Can the ugly duckling turn into a swan?


I have written before that Ssangyong should have shot their sstylist, for that awful ugly duckling monstrosity called the Ssanyong Sstavic with its boat-like behind.

Honestly, how they managed to sell any at all is a mystery, but you do see the odd one floating around the local roads.

The Korean company, which was saved from bankruptcy by Indian manufacturer Mahindra and Mahindra in 2011, has announced that the replacement for the Sstavic (called Rodius in some markets) will be powered by 3.2 liter petrol and 2.0 liter diesel engines.  The diesel is the same 114 kW/360 Nm four-cylinder unit as employed in the Korando and Actyon – the only Ssangyong models still on sale in most places after the demise of the Rexton large SUV and the Stavic.


Ssanyong’s publicity blurb states, “Based on its design philosophy ‘robust, premium, specialty’, the new front line emphasizes Ssangyong’s boldness and its spacious body combines dynamics with sophistication.  Styled to be fit for outdoor, off-road driving as well as on-road driving with its streamline-shape of the radiator grille and headlamp, the new Rodius/Stavic also offers a whole package of convenience and practical values by fulfilling various needs from business, leisure, and travel.”

The new car will be released at the Geneva Show at the end of March, and we might even get to see it at the Bangkok International if we are lucky.

Hmm, a SSanyong for all sseasons!