Following in the footsteps of Volkswagen and Isuzu, SsangYong is bringing out a special-edition pickup truck of its own in the new SsangYong Korando Sports DMZ. The South Korean manufacturer has also upgraded its existing UK trims, the S, SX and EX, and prices now start from an affordable £14,495 plus VAT.
The SsangYong Korando DMZ gets its name from the demilitarised zone between North and South Korea, an area where vehicles need to be low-profile and tough. SsangYong CEO Paul Williams spotted a couple on a recent trip to the country, and decided to replicate the design and offer them as a special-edition.
“The DMZ is a bit of fun”, explained Mr Williams. “We ordered a short run initially but they were instantly snapped-up by our dealers, so we think it could prove particularly popular with owner drivers.”
All DMZ models come with the five-speed automatic transmission and is based on the EX grade, which features leather seats (which are heated and electronically adjustable for the driver), heated, electrically-adjustable door mirrors and rear parking sensors.
Exclusive to the DMZ is the full camouflage paintwork, roof rails and 18-inch alloy wheels. It’s priced at £19,195, which is just £1,000 more than the equivalent EX grade. All Korando Sports are powered by SsangYong’s own 2-litre diesel unit, which produces 153bhp and 360Nm of torque.
The SsangYong Korando Sports isn’t the most practical pickup, with a very small 2 cubic metre load area and a 2.7 tonne towing capacity. However, it does offer good value for money and, with the rear, independent coil suspension, offers great ride and handling.