Spied - 11 seater Ssangyong Rodius spotted in India for the first time
Ashwin Ram N P, Ashwin is a guy with a slightly unorthodox perception of everything. His struggle to choose a career path, between art and automotive engineering, has landed him in the field of auto journalism, where he has paved way for himself to practise both.
The new Ssangyong Rodius (also called as the Korando Turismo in some places) was officially unveiled early this year. The MPV made its European debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, where Indian Autos Blog was able to check out the gentle giant up close.
A Team BHP member named '//M' has posted some photos of the Rodius in India. It was spotted in the Mahindra facility in Kandivili, Mumbai. Surprisingly, the car was caught without any camouflage.
And thanks to the lack of camouflage, you can check out the Maybach rivaling length of the Rodius and it's huge proportions. Where manufacturer's generally restrict to three rows of seats, the Rodius does with an added fourth row! As a result, you can fit your family of 11 people in the Rodius!
What powers this Tempo Traveller rivaling MPV you ask? It's a 2.0-liter e-XDi200 LET (Low End Torque) diesel engine. It produces 155bhp of power and churns 360Nm of torque. You can either spec a 6-speed manual transmission or a Mercedes sourced 5-speed automatic unit. The gearbox sends power to all four wheels via an electronic 4WD system.
The Rodius also benefits with features like ESP (electronic stability control), ARP (Anti Rollover Protection) and BAS (Brake Assist System).
So does this mean that Mahindra are considering bringing the Rodius to India?
We don't know that yet. The last time we spoke with a Mahindra official about the Ssangyong brand in India, we were told that the company was taking things slow and reacting to the Rexton's demand.
[Picture credit - Team BHP]