Steane Klose | May 29, 2008

SsangYong has today announced a new entry level variant of their Sports Dual Cab aimed at tradesman looking for a tough no-nonsense workhorse ute on the cheap.

The SsangYong Sports Dual Cab Tradie will boast a value-for-money price tag of just $24,990 for the 4x2 five-speed manual powered by the eco-friendly common rail two-litre turbo diesel engine, making it the best priced dual cab diesel on the market.

Ever practical and in the interest of keeping the price down, the SsangYong Tradie will be available only in white and will be equipped with steel wheels and a front disc/rear drum brake set-up.

Powering the Tradie is a Euro IV compliant two-litre four cylinder common rail turbo-diesel engine that generates 104kW at 4,000rpm and maximum torque of 310Nm/1,800rpm. For a vehicle of this size, the fuel consumption is remarkably low with SsangYong quoting a combined cycle of just 8.1L per 100km.

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Despite the low price, there is still plenty of kit that is included in the price of the Tradie, including air conditioning, power windows, remote locking and dual SRS airbags and cloth trim.

"Clearly there is a demand for a vehicle like this that has less of the creature comforts and a lower price for those seeking a more basic and less luxurious vehicle. The Tradie proves that you don't have to compromise comfort or safety in a basic dual cab ute for under $25,000," said Russell Burling, SsangYong Motors Australasia managing director.

The Dual Cab Tradie is rated with a 750kg payload and features a coil sprung rear-suspension a unique feature amongst the dual-cab ute brigade. A tray liner is also included as standard fitment.

The Tradie will also be available as a 4x4 manual priced at $27,990 and joins the two other model variants in the SsangYong Sports Dual Cab line up including the standard 4x2 and 4x4 and the range leading SPR 4x4.

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