It’s Ac­tyon sta­tions

NT News - Motoring - - CARS GUIDE - By JAMES STAN­FORD

A NEW South Korean ute with an Aus­tralian-made gear­box will touch down here in March.

The Ac­tyon Sports crew cab will be made avail­able as a 4x2 and 4x4, and is fit­ted with an im­ported six-speed man­ual as stan­dard.

But it will also be avail­able with a six-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion made in Al­bury by Drive Sys­tems In­ter­na­tional.

It is the fac­tory that sup­plied Ford Australia un­til last year and had made trans­mis­sions for Chrysler in the 1970s when it was named Borg­warner.

The new Ac­tyon Sports Ute, like the present model, will be diesel only.

It is ex­pected to be ex­tremely easy on the bowser with an of­fi­cial fuel econ­omy rat­ing of about 6.5 litres per 100km, which could well make it the most ef­fi­cient ute in Australia.

The pow­er­plant is far more miserly than the pre­vi­ous en­gine, which used an of­fi­cial av­er­age of 8L/100km with a man­ual gear­box and 8.7L/100km with an au­to­matic.

The 2.0-litre four-cylin­der com­mon rail turbo diesel gen­er­ates 114kw and 360Nm of torque.

This is a big jump over the last unit, which gen­er­ated 104kw and 310Nm.

Ssangyong’s Aus­tralian im­porter Sime Darby has con­firmed the ute will be avail­able in three model grades: Tradie, Sports and SPR, which also make up the cur­rent line-up.

The ute will have a sharp price and de­liver when it comes to stan­dard equip­ment, says Ssangyong Australia chief, Jeff Bar­ber.

‘‘While we can’t re­veal the spec­i­fi­ca­tions for the Aus­tralian mar­ket un­til launch date, we’re con­fi­dent of giv­ing our com­peti­tors a run for their money,’’ he says.

The de­sign is less po­lar­is­ing than the pre­vi­ous model, which copped crit­i­cism for its rad­i­cal styling.

The new Ac­tyon Sports Ute will have an of­fi­cial fuel econ­omy rat­ing of about 6.5 litres per 100km

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