SsangYong Stavic Facelift-10

SsangYong has been trying to phase out the distinctive looks of its cars, which some might describe as ugly. The return to normal was first seen on the inoffensive Actyon SUV, beofre they facelifted away the SsangYong Actyon Sports pick-up truck’s helmet head. Now, the new SsangYong Stavic MPV gets a similar opportunity to rid itself of divisive looks.

Presented in its domestic market as the Korando Turismo (it was also called Rodius in other markets), the new Stavic is a large MPV, with the option of nine, ten or eleven seats, and can carry up to 3,240 litres of cargo. Three trim levels will be available in Korea: Luxury Touring (LT), Grand Touring (GT) and Royal Touring (RT).

The big Stavic (5,130 mm long with a three-metre wheelbase) is available with an e-XDi 200 2.0 litre turbodiesel (155 PS, 360 Nm) engine paired to either a six-speed manual gearbox or a five-speed Mercedes-Benz-sourced automatic. In Korea and Russia, the MPV can also be had with a 3.2 litre six-pot petrol engine, and all-wheel drive.

The SsangYong Stavic is much more conventional looking now, but is it better looking? You be the judge.