New 2-litre power for budget-priced SsangYong Rodius MPV
The quirky but voluminous SsangYong Rodius MPV has received a major engine upgrade, with the addition of a new 2.0-litre diesel that is both more powerful and cleaner than the 2.7-litre unit it replaces.
SsangYong’s latest e-XDi diesel engine is Euro 5 compliant, and provides maximum power of 155PS and peak torque of 360Nm delivered between 1,500rpm and 2,800rpm. And fuel economy up to 38.7 mpg on the Combined Cycle, with CO2 emissions down to 196g/km for six-speed manual transmission and 199g/km for Mercedes-Benz five-speed T-Tronic automatic gearbox.
The SsangYong Rodius can seat seven adults comfortably, while maintaining a massive 875 litres of luggage space, making it ideal for private hire fleets that specialise in airport runs. Yet prices start from £15,995 on thr road for S trim, rising to £17,995 for ES trim. Automatic transmission adds a further £1,500, while a top-line EX version with all-wheel drive costs £21,995.
Standard equipment across all variants includes electric front and rear windows, climate control, Kenwood audio and Bluetooth system, as well as ABS, EBD, ESP and Isofix child seat anchorages for the middle row. ES trim adds heated leather front seats, 16in alloy wheels and rear privacy glass.
Paul Williams, CEO of SsangYong Motor UK, said: “From just £15,995, that's not only a lot of car for the money but it is also backed by our own 5-year limitless mileage warranty. SsangYong is the only manufacturer to have that much confidence in its MPV and gives customers such peace of mind.”
The warranty covers all the major mechanical components including wheel bearings, suspension joints and bushes, steering joints, shock absorbers and even the audio system. Wearable components such as clutch discs and brake friction materials which could have their life reduced by poor driving are covered for one year or 12,000 miles, and the battery and paintwork for three years.
The Rodius is built in South Korea by SsangYong Motor Company, which is 70% owned by the Indian engineering conglomerate Mahindra & Mahindra. There are currently 52 SsangYong dealers in the UK.