Kyron sports ute unveiled at Wanganui


The first example of SsangYong's new Kyron model has arrived in New Zealand with the first public showing of the new sports utility in Wanganui on Boxing Day.

The Kyron goes on sale in February but got its public unveiling at the SsangYong-sponsored Wanganui street races on Boxing Day.

The Kyron is a mid-sized sports utility with four-wheel-drive as required, and seating for five adults, powered by a 2-litre direct injection common rail diesel engine.


The name Kyron is derived from a combination of the Greek word Kai meaning unlimited, and the English word run.

SsangYong says the name Kyron will come to represent a tenacious SUV with passenger car comfort and the speedy lines of a sports coupe.

The Kyron's 2-litre diesel engine has an output of 104kW at 4000rpm, with maximum torque of 310Nm at 1800 to 2750rpm. It drives through a five-speed manual transmission or an optional Mercedes-Benz five-speed tiptronic transmission.

Dual airbags are fitted as standard as are ABS brakes, and limited slip differential.


A switch activates 4WD while the vehicle is in motion, with a low-ratio option in 4WD.

SsangYong says much attention has been paid to the roomy interior, as well as to reducing noise, vibration and harshness. Climate-controlled airconditioning is standard.


The Kyron has double-wishbone suspension in front, five-link suspension in the rear. It is 4660mm long, 1880mm wide, 1740mm high with a wheelbase of 2740mm and front and rear track of 1570mm. It has a kerb weight of 1929-2001kg and can tow 2300kg braked trailer weight.

Minimum ground clearance is 193cm and minimum turning radius is 5.6m.

It is fitted with an immobiliser and alarm and has steering wheel controls for its CD and stereo system.

The Kyron will initially be available in New Zealand in one model, with either manual or automatic transmission and cruise control.
- Source from 30, 2005) -