2012 SsangYong Actyon Pickup

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The previous generation SsangYong pickup was launched in 2007 and was a surprisingly good product offering a high class interior comfort, capable engines and reasonable road manners. Price also worked in Actyon’s advantage, but the exterior design was anything but charming.

After five years, SsangYong decided to come up with a new generation which keeps all the good attributes of the previous model and also features a more attractive exterior design.

With a starting price of $26.990, the new Actyon Pick-up continues to be one of the most affordable double cab pickups from the market.

Under the hood, you’ll find an upgraded 2.0 liter turbo diesel engine which delivers a maximum output of 155 hp. The truck continues to be available with both 2WD and 4WD configurations.

Design

SsangYong Actyon Pickup

The old model looked pretty odd and found it hard to conquer many fans. The new Actyon however, features a nicer design with a totally new front end.

The new grille comes with a tasty honey comb radiator grille which bares the company’s badge in its center. The main lights come with a modern and robust design as well, enhancing the purposeful stance of the vehicle.

The front body colored bumper continues the modern design initiated by the grille and it’s fitted with a set of unique fog lamps.

The pronounced wheel arches further enhance the all-road look of the truck and we also like the dynamic crease sculpted in the side body panels. The taillights and the rear gate were also slightly redesign and now feature a more modern style.

The tray is fully lined and has a maximum load area of two square metres. Access to the load bed is made by means of a spring-loaded tailgate. The SsangYong Actyon Pick-up rides on 16 or 18-inch alloys that can be shod with off-road tyres.

Interior

SsangYong Actyon Pickup

The old cabin was fairly comfortable and good looking, so SsangYong decided to make only minor interior upgrades, keeping the overall style of the previous model.

The most obvious modifications are the new air vents (which are now rectangular), the modern LED instrument cluster and the tweaked steering wheel.

The plastics and materials continue to be part of the first class and the build quality is also decent.
The old seats were fairly comfortable and the new ones continue to be part of the first class, being available with leather upholstery and electric adjustments. From the front-left captain’s chair, the view is excellent off the bow and better than expected to the stern. The front passenger’s seats are also similarly comfortable and can be recline by up to 29 degrees. The rear occupants won’t complain about head room and leg-room either and offer an adequate level of comfort.

The pick-up truck is fitted with a wide range of useful storage places which includes cup holders, a sizeable glove box, sunglasses holder, door pockets and a useful console mounted inside the central arm rest.

Among the convenience features offered by the SsangYong Actyon you’ll find heated seats, Bluetooth connectivity, Eco-cruise control, a sliding sunroof, ESP, dual airbags, rear view camera and more.

Engines and performance

SsangYong Actyon Pickup

Power comes from the same 2.0 liter turbo diesel engine which received a few tweaks to be stronger and more efficient.

After the upgrades the diesel’s power has been increased from 141 hp to 155 hp. Torque has been also increased and the new engines delivers a healthy 360 Nm of torque available between 1500 – 2800 rpm. The engine delivers enough power to keep the vehicle nimble on both highway and around the city.

Thanks to its strong low end torque the 2.0 liter unit deals great with heavy loads too and won’t let you down in any situation, offering nimble performances regardless of what load is carried at the back. Though, despite the variable turbocharger, there’s too much lag under throttle during in-gear acceleration.

The diesel is available with six-speed manual or automatic transmissions and can be combined with both 2WD and 4WD configurations.

Unlike many pickups found on today’s streets, the SsangYong stacks up well in the fuel efficiently chapter consuming just 7.3L/100km on the official combined fuel cycle. The engine also respects the latest Euro 5 Emission Standards.

Though, the truck can tow only 2300 kg which is smaller than anything else you’ll find in the segment.

SsangYong Actyon Engines Specifications

Enginehp@rpmNm@rpm
2.0 liter155 @ 4000360 @ 1500 - 2800

Ride and handling

SsangYong Actyon Pickup

The SsangYong Actyon Pick-up features a pretty sophisticated suspension which gives the vehicle a surprisingly soft ride without affecting the heavy loads carrying abilities. The suspension configuration consists of double wishbones at the front and a five-link set-up at the rear.

The cabin is fairly well isolated and the engine noise and vibrations are kept far from your years.

On the other hand the handling abilities aren’t stellar and even at low speeds the truck’s body roll in bends is pretty accentuated. The steering makes things even worse, as it’s numb and slow, especially at low speeds.

What’s worse is the fact that the SsangYong Actyon has scored only three stars out of five in official crush tests.

Verdict

SsangYong Actyon Pickup

The new generation SsangYong Actyon Pick-up continues to represent a good alternative for those seeking a reasonably priced pickup truck which features a comfortable interior, spiced up with capable engines and a small tray at the back.

The Actyon isn’t as capable as other pickups in the segment, as it has a more serene and subdued character, being better suited as a life style vehicle than a rugged workhorse. Rivals from Toyota Toyota , Nissan Nissan Ford or Volkswagen Volkswagen don’t have to worry about the new arrival either, as it’s far from being a threat for their driving dynamics, reliability and safety features.


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