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Frankfurt Motor Show: Ssangyong Kyron

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The Kyron, designed by Brit Ken Greenley, is a successor to the large Musso, once offered here as a Daewoo; it comes with a Mercedes-sourced 2.7-litre diesel engine (176 bhp), with a 2.0-litre petrol unit and a 140bhp 2.0-litre diesel to follow later. It is the production version of the SV-R concept unveiled at the Seoul Motor Show earlier this year, and has already gone on sale in Korea. It is built on a shortened version of the Rexton's platform, and is 4.66m long with a wheelbase of 2740mm. Equipment includes ABS with EBD, ESP, Brake Assist and hill descent control, plus DVD player, parking sensors and all the usual large off-roader mod cons, all likely to be offered at a competitive price.

It will go on sale in Europe in early 2006; Ssangyong is marketing it as a crossover-type vehicle rather than an all-out rugged off-roader, and plans to sell around 37,000 next year. Kyron, by the way, is meant to evoke "kai" - infinite - and "run", to mean "infinite freedom" or something similar.
 
Same guy who did the stunningly gorgeous Rodius?
(That was blatant sarcasm.)
 
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