BRITAIN’S biggest – and cheapest – full size MPV is getting a new engine to make it more economical.
The seven seat SsangYong Rodius is now fitted with the Korean company’s e-XDi two-litre diesel, first introduced on its Korando Sports pick-up last year.
Lighter and more efficient, the new engine develops 153bhp and although performance is similar to before fuel consumption is now said to be in the region of 38 to the gallon, up from 32mpg.
Emissions are also down to 196g/km for the entry level Rodius S with a six-speed manual gearbox.
Prices run from £15,995 to £21,995 for the top specification all-wheel-drive Rodius EX fitted with a five speed automatic Mercedes transmission.
The Rodius is the leading budget buy seven-seater in the UK and all versions include Kenwood audio sytems, Bluetooth and climate control.
With a 16ft 10ins long body it is one of the few MPVs which offer decent luggage space and even with all seats occupied the boot stretches to a huge 875 litres.
Its 17.5 gallon fuel tank gives the manual version a theoretical range of 665 miles and 630 miles for the auto.
The Rodius is available only with the two-litre diesel and the new engine replaces the out-dated 2.7-litre block used in the car since its launch in 2005.