SsangYong Rodius

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SsangYong Rodius
SsangYong Rodius e-XDi 200 4WD Sapphire (II) – Frontansicht, 6. August 2013, Münster.jpg
SsangYong Rodius (second generation)
Overview
Manufacturer SsangYong Motor Company
Production 2004-present
Assembly Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea
Body and chassis
Class MPV
Body style 5-door MPV
Layout Front-engine, rear-wheel-drive
Front-engine, four-wheel-drive
Chronology
Predecessor Ssangyong Istana

The SsangYong Rodius (sold in some regions as the Stavic) is a MPV released in late 2004 by the Korean automaker SsangYong Motor Company. Rodius is an inaccurate portmanteau of the words road and Zeus, which is intended to mean "Lord of the Road."[1] It is available in 7, 9 and 11 seat configurations (3 or 4 rows), a 5-seater version is also available in Hong Kong.[2] The seats can be folded to act as tables or folded further (double folded) to add extra cargo area. They can be turned around, encouraging conversation and can be sided forward and backward.[3]

First generation (2004–2013)[edit]

First generation
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First generation Rodius (pre-facelift)
Overview
Also called Micro Stavic (Sri Lanka)[4]
SsangYong Stavic
Ssangyong Rodius Euro (2012)
Production 2004–2013
Designer Ken Greenley
Powertrain
Engine 3.2 L I6 (petrol)
2.7 L I5 (diesel)
Transmission 6-speed manual
5-speed automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 3,000 mm (118.1 in)
Length 5,126 mm (201.8 in)
Width 1,915 mm (75.4 in)
Height 1,821 mm (71.7 in)
Curb weight 2,007 kg (4,425 lb)
First generation Rodius (post-facelift)
First generation Rodius rear

The engines are the Mercedes-Benz licensed 3.2 L 6-cylinder gasoline engine (162 kW (217 hp) & 309 N·m (228 lb·ft)) and the 2.7 L 5-cylinder common rail diesel engine (121 kW (162 hp) & 342 N·m (252 lb·ft)).

The car was designed by Ken Greenley,[5] former head of the automotive design course at the Royal College of Art in London. The design goal was to capture the essence of a luxury yacht[6]

In August 2008, the Rodius received a facelift.[7] Afterwards, because of poor popularity, the Rodius was discontinued in Europe without a direct successor on December 31, 2011. However, on July 2, 2012, the Rodius returned with the new name Rodius Euro which comes with the e-XDi200 diesel engine that produces 155PS of power, available in either a 6-speed MT or an E-Tronic Benz 5-speed AT.[8]

In the mass media, the vehicle received some negative reviews of its aesthetics.[9][10][11][12][13]

Second generation (2013–present)[edit]

Second generation
SsangYong Rodius.jpg
Overview
Also called

SsangYong Turismo (United Kingdom)
SsangYong Korando Turismo (South Korea)
SsangYong Stavic

SsangYong Stavic Rodius (Algeria)
Production 2013–present
Powertrain
Engine 2.0 L I4 (diesel)[14]
2.2 L I4 (diesel)[15]
Transmission 6-speed manual
5-speed automatic
7-speed automatic (MY2016–)
Dimensions
Wheelbase 3,000 mm (118.1 in)
Length 5,130 mm (202.0 in)
Width 1,915 mm (75.4 in)
Height 1,850 mm (72.8 in)
Curb weight 2,097 kg (4,623 lb)
Second generation Rodius rear
Second generation Rodius interior

The second generation Rodius, called the Korando Turismo in South Korea, was revealed on February 5, 2013 and was first shown at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show with sales commencing soon after. The new model comes in nine-, ten- or eleven-seat configurations (in addition to the standard 5 and 7 seat variants) and offers up to 3,240 liters of cargo volume. Powering the new Rodius/Korando Turismo is a 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine connected to either a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 5-speed Mercedes-Benz-sourced automatic transmission.[16] The current 2016+ Turismo offers an updated 7-speed Mercedes-Benz e-Tronic gearbox with the same 6-speed manual available. The 2016+ Turismo also complies with Euro VI emissions standards. [17]

In March 2014, the second generation Stavic was awarded “2014 Car of the Year – Best MPV Design” by Grand Prix, the most famous automotive magazine in Thailand, at the 35th Bangkok International Motor Show 2014.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kim, Hye-won (2012-08-10). "[Brand story] 한국GM & 르노삼성 & 쌍용" [Brand story. GM Korea, Renault Samsung and SsangYong] (in Korean). Theiauto.com. Archived from the original on 2014-03-23. Retrieved 2014-03-23. 
  2. ^ "Stavic Diesel 5-seater Van – SsangYong Hong Kong". Ssangyongmotor.com.hk. Retrieved 2011-08-07. 
  3. ^ "Ssangyong Motors" (in Korean). Smotor.com. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  4. ^ "Stavic". Micro Cars Limited. 2008. Archived from the original on 28 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "SsangYong Rodius Review". Carpages.co.uk. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  6. ^ "Ssangyong Rodius review (07/01/2014)". Irish Examiner. 2014-05-19. Retrieved 2017-01-19. 
  7. ^ "SsangYong Rodius | Auto Express News | News". Auto Express. 2007-08-05. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  8. ^ "쌍용차, 로디우스 유로 출시". Megaauto. 2012-07-02. 
  9. ^ "Rodius is odious to drivers | The Sun |News". The Sun. 2005-10-12. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  10. ^ "The 13 Worst Cars of the Last 20 Years". Top Gear magazine. 2013-10-31. Retrieved 2014-10-12. 
  11. ^ "What is the point of the X6?". Autocar. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  12. ^ "Ugly shtick". News.drive.com.au. 2010-06-04. Retrieved 2010-10-02. 
  13. ^ http://www.uglycars.co.uk/uglycar.asp?ref=71
  14. ^ "Ssangyong Turismo 2.0 e-XDi (2014) review". Car Magazine.co.uk. 2014-12-08. Retrieved 2017-01-19. 
  15. ^ "Ssangyong Turismo review". AutoCar.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-01-19. 
  16. ^ "2014 SsangYong Korando Turismo aka new Rodius officially revealed [video]". WorldCarFans. 2013-02-07. 
  17. ^ "SSANGYONG TURISMO Technical". Ssangyong GB. Retrieved 2017-01-19. 
  18. ^ http://www.smotor.com/en/med_cen/news/1240213_13941.html

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