2018 SsangYong Stavic – big MPV receives a facelift

The second-generation SsangYong Stavic facelift has been introduced in the United Kingdom, where it is sold as the Turismo (also known as the Rodius in other markets). Revisions to the big MPV primarily involve its aesthetics, with only minor specification changes.

Regarding the former, the Stavic’s front end now sports slimmer headlamps (with LED DRLs) as well as a new bumper and grille to keep it in line with the current crop of SsangYong models like the Rexton and Tivoli. The Stavic’s bonnet and front quarter panels have also been tweaked to accommodate its new face.

In other areas, the rear of the Stavic looks to remain unchanged from before, while the interior gets an updated infotainment unit (with Bluetooth, AppleCarPlay and Android Auto) and steering wheel. As before, the wheelbase remains at 3,000 mm, which is enough for seven adults and 875 litres of cargo (3,146 litres with just two adults and some seats removed).

On the top-spec variant sold in the UK, the Stavic gets a powered driver’s seat, leather upholstery, cruise control, automatic headlamps and 17-inch alloy wheels. The entire range gets front and rear automatic air-conditioing, an air quality control system, six speakers and remote entry as standard.

Similarly, all variants are powered by a 2.2 turbodiesel four-cylinder engine that makes 178 PS at 4,000 rpm and 400 Nm of torque at 1,400 to 2,800 rpm. A six-speed manual and Mercedes-Benz-sourced seven-speed automatic are the available transmission options, with selectable four-wheel drive (with low ratio setting) being offered on selected variants.

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