Seoul show launch for next SsangYong flagship

  • New ‘large and authentic’ SUV for 2017 Seoul show
  • Special new steels used for bodywork and chassis
  • Petrol or diesel power – but with all-wheel drive
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NEW BIG GUN FROM KOREA:  Image: SsangYong Motors / Newspress

SEOUL, South Korea – SsangYong will unveil its latest product, the for-now named Y400 large SUV and flagship at the 2017 Seoul auto show.

“The new SUV,” the automaker has declared, “embodies the robust and dynamic styling of a concept shown at the Paris auto show in September 2016 and blends drivability with high levels of safety.”

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The SUV has a conventional drivetrain – front engine, rear-wheel drive but with 4×4 on call  –  and is described by its maker as “a class-leading contender with excellent driving characteristics on- and off-road, balanced weight distribution, great towing ability and quiet and comfortable performance.”

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Constructed using a Quad-Frame body structure using a new super-steel – claimed to be a world first – the SUV also has 63% advanced high-strength steel for “greatly improved” body strength while being lighter.

The Y400 is 4.85m long, 1.92m wide, 1.80m high and has a 2.86m wheelbase. The chassis will offer either a petrol or “clean diesel” propulsion.

The Y400 – one hopes with a more evocative name by then – will go on sale in Korea during the first half of 2017 and internationally before the end of that year.

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