The SsangYong C200 is quite unlike anything seen from SsangYong before. The C200 is a modern, contemporary urban passenger car with styling by Giugiaro's ItalDesign in Italy. It is similar in size to a Toyota RAV4, a Honda CRV and a Nissan Qashqai and with a 2,640mm wheelbase, is slightly longer than a VW Tiguan.
The C200 is also a departure from current SsangYong models in that it uses monocoque construction to ensure a passenger car look, feel and comfort. The platform is adaptable, so while the C200 uses four-wheel drive, the chassis can also be used for a front-wheel drive passenger car.
The drivetrain is completely new. An advanced 2.0 liter diesel engine has been designed for lower noise levels and reduced vibration, and is mated to a six speed manual transmission. The engine produces 175 hp and complies with Euro V exhaust emissions requirements as well as producing lower CO2 levels.
Extensive use of aluminium suspension components reduces weight and together with a low centre of gravity, ensures a comfortable and compliant ride with the kind of sharp and agile handling demanded by European drivers.
Paul Williams, managing director of SsangYong distributors Koelliker UK said: "This is much more than just a concept car. It marks a sea change for SsangYong with a move to monocoque construction, new engines and transmissions and adaptable platforms. It is also a strong signal of future intent that will see a wider and more contemporary line-up that will be able to compete aggressively in Europe. SsangYong has said that it plans to develop the vehicle into a strategic global model."
The C200 model tag represents the trend towards more compact and convenient city cars with a younger, urban relevance. It is designed to be very comfortable with the best possible use of space, while retaining a design elegance and sophistication that sets it apart from current offerings.
The C200 is the first tangible result of co-operation with Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC), which merged with SsangYong four years ago. The relationship is likely to see the release of a steady stream of new products, with the intention of becoming one of the global leaders in product development, production, sales, and service.