Yesterday, we saw the fourth-generation SsangYong Korando (sold as Actyon in Malaysia) receive a mild facelift, today we check out the facelifted Actyon Sports pick-up truck. Compared to the Korando’s nip/tuck, this is a major change from the unusual to the normal – looks like SsangYong’s new Indian owners don’t like the old mantra of standing out by looking odd.

The bulging “helmet head” of old has gone, and in comes a contemporary and unoffensive face. Despite that, the Actyon Sports is still the most distinctive truck in town as everything else is unchanged, from the rising beltline and large glass area to the number plate on the mega sized tailgate.

For the latter, SsangYong has listened to complaints – it now takes half the effort to operate (11 kgF from 22 kgF). If you’ve used the old car before, you’ll know what I mean.

There’s a new “e-XDi active diesel” engine that delivers 155 PS and 360 Nm from (a low) 1,500 rpm to 2,800 rpm. The claimed fuel economy of 7.4L/100 km represents a 7.5% improvement.

Available features including heated seats, Bluetooth connectivity, Eco-cruise control, a sliding sunroof and ESP. This one could be brought in by SsangYong’s Malaysian dealer, Competitive Supreme, since the previous gen was offered.