The new 2.0-litre 'e-XDi200' engine boasts 14kW more power than the diesel in the previous model Actyon, and its peak torque of 360Nm is available across the rev range from 1500 to 2800rpm. A variable-geometry turbocharger combats turbo lag encountered in the previous model, according to the factory. Ssangyong claims also that fuel consumption has improved by as much as 12.65 per cent and now varies from 7.3L/100km for 2WD manual variants up to 7.9L/100km for the Actyon Sports SPR. Previously, no Actyon variant could manage to get below 8.0L/100km in official combined-cycle figures. With a 75-litre tank, 2WD manual variants can reportedly cover 1000km range, and all models are capable of towing up to 2300kg.
Buyers can opt for either the standard six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic, which has been upgraded for the facelifted Actyon Sports. Entry-level Tradie models can be ordered in 2WD or 4WD, as is the case too for the mid-range SX grade, but the flagship model is the Actyon Sports SPR, which can only be ordered in 4WD form, with the auto transmission. 4WD models drive through a part-time, dual-range transfer to the rear wheels in 2WD mode. Changing to 4WD or back is as simple as the press of a button. The Actyon Sports rides on double-wishbone front suspension and a five-link, coil-sprung live axle at the rear
While the technical changes seem worthwhile enough on paper, it's the new frontal styling that will likely win friends for the Actyon. And a redesigned interior (featuring revised instrument cluster with LED lighting) is complemented by new functionality. Bluetooth phones can be operated from the steering wheel controls and audio can be streamed wirelessly too. Reduced NVH has been achieved through such measures as an engine cover, double-layer dash panel construction, added sound-insulation material and slanted engine mounts.
“The new Ssangyong Actyon Sports Dual Cab Ute from just $26,990 drive away is the smart choice for people who want a utility that’s affordable, practical and comfortable,” said Jeff Barber, General Manager for Ssangyong Australia, quoted in a press release.
Standard equipment for the Tradie includes air conditioning, power steering, remote keyless entry, USB and AUX port, multi-function trip computer and power windows (with a one-touch anti-trap feature on the driver’s side). In addition, the entry-level model comes with heated side mirrors, variable intermittent wipers and four-speaker CD/MP3 audio with remote control switches on steering wheel.
Both the SX and SPR models also feature alloy wheels, cruise control, leather bound steering wheel and stability control. Over and above that, the Actyon Sports SPR flagship is equipped as standard with leather seat trim, climate control, reverse-parking sensors, electric front-seat adjustment, folding side mirrors, electrochromatic rear-view mirror, rain-sensing wipers and auto-on/off headlights with levelling.
Exterior colours for the SX and SPR variants comprise Indian Red, Fijian blue, Space Black, Fine Silver and Grand White. Of those, Indian Red and Fijian Blue are new. The Actyon Sports Trade can be ordered only in Fine Silver or Grand White.
Prices for the new Actyon Sports range follow:
Tradie 2WD manual $25,282 ($26,990 driveaway)
Tradie 2WD auto $27,782 ($29,554 driveaway)
Tradie 4WD manual $28,282 (30,066 driveaway)
Tradie 4WD auto $30,782 ($32,630 driveaway)
SX 2WD manual $29,282 ($31,092 driveaway)
SX 2WD auto $31,782 ($33,656 driveaway)
SX 4WD manual $32,282 ($34,168 driveaway)
SX 4WD auto $34,782 ($63,732 driveaway)
SPR 4WD auto $37,782 ($39,809 driveaway)
Ssangyong offers the Actyon Sports with aj three-year/100,000km warranty, complete with 24/7 roadside assistance for the first three years of ownership.