SsangYong's new Stavic has continued into a second generation with controversial looks.
The Stavic sits on a 3m-long wheelbase.
What's up with the Koreans?
We're not particularly sure, but all we know is that the second-generation Stavic (aka Rodius in some other markets like in Europe) maintains a controversial design.
True, the new Stavic looks completely different from the previous model, but it simply appears too quirky for a modern-day full-size MPV.Which is quite a pity because if you can recall last week's Geneva motor show report in Life, the SIV-1 concept reveals that SsangYong actually knows what good car design is.
Is it still powered by Mercedes?
Fascia continues with central-mounted dials.
Yes it is, and that will remain a selling point for the Stavic. Many people, particularly in Thailand, have faith in Mercedes-Benz technology for its durability.
Like in the first-gen model, the new Stavic gets a 2.0-litre diesel-turbo _ badged e-XDi 200 _ developing 155hp and 360Nm of torque and is coupled to an old-fashioned five-speed automatic driving either the rear or all four wheels depending on version.
This engine and gearbox combination is actually also used by the Actyon, Korando and Kyron SUVs.
Is it still an 11-seater?
Yup and that's why the Stavic sits on a 3m-long wheelbase to accommodate four rows of seats (2+3+3+3).
Because of this, SsangYong Thailand will continue sales of the Stavic since it can be attractively priced from 1.5 to 2 million baht despite being an import.
The reason for this is the Excise Department doesn't collect any levy for vehicles that have more than 10 seats. That's why the Kia Grand Carnival is also priced below 2 million baht in Thailand.
Last year, some 184 Stavics were sold in the country, representing more than half of Ssangyong's total sales. Not bad, you could say, when the Stavic is no match for the brand's four SUVs in terms of design.
This shows the great value factor of the Stavic and gives a good reason why the new model discussed here this week will come to Thai shores later this year.
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- Writer: Richard Leu
Position: Motoring news Editor