Never heard of the Ssangyong Actyon Sports? No? Perhaps Ssangyong Korando Sports or Musso may fresh your memory? Still nothing? Well, we will tell you. It’s one pretty solid pickup truck made by the South Korean automaker Ssangyong. The vehicle is available since 2005, so it has over 10 years of experience. The carmaker introduced the second generation model in 2012, which is considerably better than the predecessor, and now is working on the third generation that will hopefully surpass the current model. According to the newest reports, the completely redesigned model is coming late this year or in early 2018, but we can’t say whether we wait for the 2018 Ssangyong Actyon Sports or the 2018 Ssangyong Q200. The carmaker could change truck’s name because of the current that sounds quite confusing for most of the potential buyers. They have the crossover with the name, so the new generation could get its own nameplate.
In any case, we managed to catch a prototype of the new generation Actyon Sports pickup. The camouflaged vehicle has been spied while it was skating somewhere in snowy northern Scandinavia. Judging by the spy shots, the 2018 Ssangyong Actyon Sports (2018 Ssangyong Q200) is getting a larger footprint. There are more inches between the wheels, while the new doors appear to be bigger as well. Styling wise, the wrapped prototype sports more upright A-pillar and a totally different C-pillar. It’s pretty hard to find out what’s beneath the camo, but the pickup truck would definitely get some tweaks in the front and rear ends as well. The car manufacturer will likely add more stylish headlights and redesigned grille in the front and restyled taillights and tailgate around back.
The redesigned pickup truck will probably keep the same oil-burner under the hood. However, the all-new model should also get an all-new gasoline variant. We can’t say how many ponies will deliver the 2.0-liter GDi turbocharged unit, yet we are pretty sure it will be paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. As for the current 2.2-liter diesel four-cylinder, it should be boosted a bit, so we expect more power than today’s 176 horsepower (131 kilowatts) and 295 pound-feet (400 Nm). This option will stay mated to six-speed auto or manual gearbox.
Like we said, the 2018 Ssangyong Actyon Sports (2018 Ssangyong Q200) will be ready for the official debut in early 2018. However, don’t expect to see this pickup in the United States, at least not anytime soon. The carmaker is reconsidering the idea to come in North America, but this won’t happen for another two or three years from now.