The new SsangYong Tourismo

20130813-215316.jpgPrices start from just £17,995
New design delivers space, comfort and luxury for seven adults and their luggage
Practical multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) – ideal for family, leisure and business
Multi-link rear suspension delivers executive saloon-style ride and handling
Powered by SsangYong’s proven 2.0 litre turbo charged 155PS e-XDi diesel engine
4×4 standard on EX model
The new SsangYong Turismo arrives in the UK almost without competition. At over 5 metres long and with a 3 metre wheelbase, the car is larger than a standard sized MPV such as the Ford Galaxy, Renault Grand Scenic or SEAT Alhambra, yet is a car rather than a van-derived ‘people carrier’ like the Hyundai i800, Mercedes Viano or VW Caravelle.

Consequently its huge interior space and flexible passenger and load carrying capability means it can carry seven adults and 875 litres of luggage, through to two adults and 3,146 litres of load space, with seven alternative passenger and load combinations to choose from.

Designed to appeal as family, leisure and business transportation, the new car blends multi-role flexibility with great ride comfort and the appointments and equipment levels of a luxury saloon.

“With prices starting from just £17,995, there really is nothing like it in the market,” says Paul Williams, CEO of SsangYong Motor UK. “With key features being its innovative and flexible design layout, luxurious interior and highly competitive pricing, the new Turismo is a compelling proposition. Not only do you get a lot of car for the money, you also have the reassurance of an industry-leading 5 year limitless mileage warranty for complete peace of mind.”

The Turismo is now available to order from over 50 SsangYong dealers across the UK.

Design
SsangYong’s designers have gone to great lengths to create a distinctive and innovative look to its new MPV to satisfy owners and opinion formers alike. The brief was to create a practical yet at the same time luxurious and dignified tone that would blend well with the car’s numerous roles. Combining strength with volume, the front of the car has a robust stance thanks to its hexagonal shaped radiator grille and trapezoidal bumper, and the overall design successfully disguises its large exterior size.

Interior space
Thanks to its 3,000mm wheelbase, the car provides a huge interior space where seven adults can travel in supreme comfort with their luggage loaded in the back, without having to compromise on passenger accommodation. There are three rows of seats as well as a large load space which can be further increased by removing the third row completely. The second row of seats provides convenient ‘walk through’ access to the third row, and can also be folded individually and used as tables while still providing sufficient space to accommodate airline style seat-back folding tables.

Powertrain
The Turismo is powered by SsangYong’s own 2.0 litre turbo charged e-XDi200 diesel engine offering a level of performance and NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) control that has already been tested, proven and praised in the marketplace.

The e-XDi200 engine offers maximum power of 155PS/4,000rpm and maximum torque of 360Nm/1,500-2,800rpm, and is designed to provide low end torque whatever the conditions on or off road.

There’s a choice of 6-speed manual transmission and 5-speed Mercedes-Benz T-Tronic automatic transmission, ensuring world class durability, smooth gear changing performance and quiet operation.

Turismo EX with 4×4
While rear wheel drive features across the range, the top of the range EX includes selectable 4×4 with low ratio as standard. This makes the Turismo EX a car you really can rely on, no matter what the British winter throws at us. It is also an especially practical proposition for those who tow a caravan, horsebox or boat trailer, or whose other country and leisure activities necessitate driving across challenging terrain. As with other Turismo models the EX has an impressive 2.5 tonne towing capability.

Ride & handling
The new Turismo utilises double wishbone front suspension and rear independent multi-link suspension for executive saloon style ride quality. This set-up offers a quiet and comfortable driving environment with firm body motion control, a flat ride and optimum stability regardless of the road conditions.

Safety
The car features a comprehensive package of active safety features, including Electronic Stability Program (ESP), Active Roll over Protection (ARP) and Brake Assist System (BAS). There are dual front and side air bags, while ISO-Fix and tether anchorage points for child seats are fitted on the second row. Passive safety is further increased thanks to two high strength sub-frames fitted to the front and rear of the car. These help to disperse any impact shocks from a frontal or off-set collision and protect passengers by minimising cabin distortion.

Luxury, comfort, convenience
Noted for its comprehensive levels of standard equipment, SsangYong has ensured that the new Turismo delivers a high level of luxury, comfort and convenience. Air conditioning, electrically operated & heated door mirrors, a leather covered steering wheel and gear knob, and an MP3 CD & RDS radio with a USB & auxiliary port and Bluetooth connectivity feature across the range, while from the ES model, leather upholstery, electrically adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats and rear parking sensors also feature. The EX also gets a heated lower windscreen to prevent the wipers from freezing, solar controlled glass and rain sensitive wipers to make driving easier, while eco cruise control is standard on the ES automatic and EX.

Turismo is available in five exterior colours: Wine Black, Black, Gunmetal Grey, Silver and White.

Turismo range prices

Turismo 2.0 S 2.0 ES 2.0 EX
Transmission Manual Manual Auto Auto
Seats 7 7 7 7
Net retail price 14,554 16,221 17,350 19,433
VAT @ 20% 2,911 3,244 3,470 3,887
Retail price 17,465 19,465 20,820 23,320
First registration fee 55 55 55 55
Road fund licence 475 475 620 620
On the road price £17,995 £19,995 £21,495 £23,995
5 year limitless mileage warranty
As with all models in the SsangYong range, the new Turismo is covered by a best in class 5 year limitless mileage warranty.

Designed to be totally transparent and give customers complete peace of mind, ‘limitless’ means just that: not a maximum mileage condition that some brands impose in their small print.

All the major mechanical components are covered 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.

SsangYong
SsangYong cars are manufactured in South Korea by SsangYong Motor, which is 73 per cent owned by the Indian engineering conglomerate Mahindra & Mahindra, and imported into the UK by SsangYong Motor UK. Established in 1954 it is Korea’s oldest vehicle manufacturer and only 4×4 and SUV specialist producer.

There are currently 52 SsangYong dealers covering England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, with new appointments soon to be announced.

Range

Korando – crossover line-up with 2 or 4-wheel drive from £14,995
Korando CSX – 4×4 light commercial van £15,995 (excl VAT)
Korando Sports pick-up – a rugged 4×4 double cab pick-up with the finesse of a passenger car from £18,295 (incl VAT)
Turismo – spacious seven-seat MPV available with rear or all-wheel drive from £17,995
Rexton CS – commercial version of the Rexton 4×4 from £16,665 (excl VAT)
Further information is available from: http://www.ssangyonggb.co.uk

Christopher Macgowan
twitter: chrismacgowan

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