The SsangYong Kyron is a compact 'soft-roader' SUV (although it is quite large for its class) built by SsangYong Motor Company. It has a 104 Kw (139 hp)/310 N·m (229 ft·lbf) diesel motor, with Mercedes-Benz motor parts. Although the motor is a great one in its own right, it does performance a vehicle weighing almost two tonnes which makes performance lethargic at best. It is one of the few compact 4wds to be able to actually go off road, though, with a separate chassis. Its looks was developed by Mg's Ken Greely.
In 2007, the reliable Xdi270 diesel motor is available on the SsangYong Kyron increasing the performance to 121 Kw (162 hp)/340 N·m (251 ft·lbf). Both the Xdi200 and Xdi270 uses the 3rd-generation Common Rail technology. The sophisticated direct injection system boosts performance and fuel economy, which lowers pollution and saves on fuel. The new 3rd generation ECU is operating on 32-bit platform rather than the 16-bit found on the previous 2 generations of commonrail technology.
With a new bodyshell, new engines and fresh, bold look-and-feel that introduces a new kind of dynamic aesthetics, the latest Kia Sportage is an urban-friendly compact SUV for today's families - consuming less fuel and emitting less CO2.
Longer, wider and lower than the previous model - by 90 mm, 15 mm and 60 mm respectively - the all-new layout successfully retains the key SUV features - a commanding driving position, heightened sense of safety and comprehensive road presence - that made the second-generation Kia Sportage so well-known.
The second-generation Kia Sportage was presented in 2004 and marked a tremendous step forward for Kia. Over the next six years, it attracted thousands of new buyers to Kia, and achieved global sales of more than 860000, units - including 150000, units in Western Europe.
Now, under the direction of Kia's Chief Layout Officer Peter Schreyer, the Kia layout teams have created a third-generation Kia Sportage incorporating Kia's new layout DNA and many features from the 2007 Kia Kue concept vehicle, to be immediately identifiable and to stand out from potential competitors in an increasingly crowded segment.