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SsangYong Actyon Sports (Actyon Sports Mk2)

Actyon Sports Mk2

Make: SsangYong

Model: Actyon Sports

Released: Jan 1970

SsangYong logo1 Mar 2012

By TIM NICHOLSON

SsangYong released its heavily revised and greatly improved Actyon Sports utility in March 2012, with a redesigned front end that gave the vehicle a more appealing and less polarising look than the model it replaced.

The new Actyon also took the mantle for the most fuel-efficient vehicle in its class when it was released, managing a figure of 7.3 litres per 100km for the 2WD manual, just edging out the Volkswagen Amarok.

The Korean-built Actyon Sports was powered by a direct-injection 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engine delivering 114kW of power and came with a choice of either a six-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed automatic that was developed and built in Australia.

Actyon’s big tray was one of its major selling points, being 1275mm long, 525mm tall and 1600mm wide. The only utility at the time that had a larger tray was the Volkswagen Amarok.

Although the Actyon came with a large tray, its load carrying ability did not match the size, being rated for 705kg in 4WD auto guise and 727kg for the 2WD manual.

SsangYong’s workhorse was only available in one body style, a dual-cab pick-up, with three trim levels – Tradie, SX and SPR.

The Tradie and SX were available in 2WD or 4WD with standard manual transmission or optional automatic, but the SPR was only available as a 4WD auto.

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