SsangYong are known for bolting together some practical but rather oddly styled vehicles, none more so than their Stavic people mover. Thankfully, they have just launched a facelifted version of the Stavic, featuring cleaner styling, better driveability and lower fuel consumption through a switch to Euro IV compliant diesel power across the range.
The new SsangYong Stavic uses some of the design cues from the redesign of the Kyron and Rexton to smooth out some of the awkward lines of the previous model and also features the SsangYong family chrome grille, similar to that seen on other SsangYong models.
Benefiting from a restyle are the all new front bumper fascia, front grille and, on the Sports model, a moulded nudge bar while at the rear the Stavicâ€™s asthetics are improved with a redesigned rear spoiler with integrated LED stop light, and roof rails being standard on all models. The range-topping Limited variant rides on new 16 inch five spoke alloys while the standard and Sports model gets 16 inch steel wheels with wheel covers.
On the inside the Euro IV Stavic is now fitted with the Rexton II type steering wheel with integrated T-Tronic gear shift controls for easier shifting and better ergonomics. Climate Control air conditioning with ducted rear zone and separate controls is standard on both Limited and Sport Stavic.
The improvements to the Stavic are not just cosmetic. SsangYong have phased out the old 3.2-litre petrol engine and introduced a Euro IV compliant common rail turbocharged diesel engine across the range. The engine drives through either a five speed manual or a five speed electronically controlled automatic transmission.
The Stavic will continue to be available in either two or four wheel drive with a choice of either Sports or Limited specification level.
"The new Euro IV Stavic boasts cleaner styling while improving on many of the features that make the Stavic such a great value proposition in the people mover market. It retains its enormous practicality, economy, and roominess while also benefiting from SsangYong's recent price repositioning," said SsangYong's general manager sales and marketing, Brad Larkham.
If people movers are your deal then the slightly easier on the eye face-lifted Stavic is worth a look, with prices starting from $32,990. SsangYong offers a 3 year/100,000 kilometre factory warranty with SsangYong Assist 24/7 roadside assistance on all new SsangYong vehicles.