SsangYong At The Seoul Motor Show
The SsangYong C200 show car|
signals SsangYong's intent for the future.
18th March, 2009
Ssangyong will be showing an almost production-ready example of
its new C200 crossover utility car at the Seoul Motor Show in South Korea, opening on 2nd April, 2009.
The company says that the C200 to be unveiled at the show will closely resemble the production C200
scheduled to be launched later this year. SsangYong will also show a new diesel hybrid version of the Kyron.
C200 nearer to production
The C200 concept was first unveiled at the Paris show last October and is the first new model in the
broadening of the SsangYong range. The C200 is a modern, contemporary urban passenger car with styling by
Giugiaro’s ItalDesign in Italy. It is similar in size to a Toyota RAV4, a Honda CRV and a Nissan Qashqai (Dualis)
and with a 2,640 mm wheelbase, is slightly longer than a Volkswagen Tiguan.
The C200 differs from current SsangYong models in that it uses monocoque construction to ensure a passenger
car look, feel and comfort. The platform is adaptable, and the chassis can be used for front wheel drive and four
wheel drive passenger cars.
The drivetrain is completely new. An advanced 2.0 litre diesel engine has been designed for lower noise levels
and reduced vibration. The engine produces 175 hp and complies with Euro V exhaust emissions requirements as well
as producing lower CO2 levels. Manual and automatic transmissions are likely to be available, with the show car
having a six-speed automatic.
Extensive use of aluminium suspension components reduces weight and together with a low centre of gravity,
ensures a comfortable and compliant ride with the kind of sharp and agile handling desired by many European
Work has already started on the production line for the new car, ahead of schedule.
Diesel hybrid Kyron
The diesel hybrid Kyron to be shown at the Seoul show will use similar diesel hybrid technology first seen on
the SsangYong stand at the Geneva Motor Show last year.
In general, diesel hybrid cars ensure a good level of energy efficiency and outstanding fuel efficiency in
comparison to petrol hybrid cars. As a result, a significant reduction in CO2 and exhaust emissions can be
achieved. Hybrid technology minimises unnecessary use of fuel and the emission of exhaust gases by ensuring that
a car’s engine is stopped when the car stops, such as at a red light. When a vehicle is being driven, the power
of the vehicle is boosted through the e-motor to improve the vehicle’s performance. When a vehicle is slowing
down and under braking, surplus energy is used to charge the battery.
SsangYong’s diesel hybrid technology applies an e-motor to an advanced direct injection diesel engine, with a
high-voltage battery supplying electric power to the e-motor. The Torque Split Device (TSD), independently
developed by SsangYong, is also applied to combine or cut off the power of the e-motor, thereby enabling hybrid
Last year SsangYong said that tests had shown improvements in fuel efficiency of around 25 per cent in
comparison to existing vehicles of the same class. In terms of emissions, there was a reduction of around 10 per
cent in nitrogen oxide and around 15 per cent in particulates. The company also said that the completion of the
development of a diesel hybrid car will allow for the development of a diesel hybrid technology that ensures a
fuel efficiency improvement of at least 30 per cent and a reduction in exhaust emissions of at least 50 per