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SsangYong Kyron

D100 Kyron Series II

1 Oct 2007

Kyron was on sale for just 18 months before SsangYong released an updated model in late 2007 – partly to signal the necessary changes to pass tightened Euro IV emissions requirements, but also to address criticisms of styling.

The previous Kyron did not sell well and Ssangyong hopes a more conservative look and lower price will spark more interest.

Kyron is good value but it lacks a strong brand name in a market spoiled for choice. It also sells alongside two other similar SsangYong SUVs (Actyon and Rexton) that results in the lack of size, price and specification demarcation that would allow Kyron a clear, focused run at sales.

The D100 Series II Kyron is available as an entry-level 2.0-litre M200 XDi model and a high-grade 2.7-litre M270 XDi turbo-diesel.

Both vehicles have a five-speed manual as standard with an optional five-speed manual-mode automatic. An electronically controlled, shift-on-the-fly two-speed part-time transfer case, a separate chassis with underbody protection and 206mm of ground clearance puts Kyron ahead of the soft-roaders in off-road ability.

Safety equipment for both models includes ABS brakes, dual front airbags, lap-sash seatbelts for all positions and front seatbelt pretensioners and load-limiters.

The M270 XDi version adds side curtain airbags for front and rear rows, plus a retractable luggage cover and cargo barrier net to the specification.

The M200 XDi has a standard limited-slip differential, while the M270 XDi has an open diff – an odd situation, but one possibly explained by the high torque loads negating the fitment of an LSD to the larger-engine vehicle.

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