Next SsangYong Rodius teaser

31 Jan, 2013 2:00pm Tom Phillips

The new SsangYong Rodius has been teased ahead of its Geneva debut

These are the first teaser pictures of the all-new SsangYong Rodius MPV, which will make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

And although these images just show the car in sketch form, the new Rodius does appear to be slightly better looking than the rather challenging design of the current MPV.

That said, while the new design appears to be a slight improvement on the looks of the outgoing model, the new Rodius does carry over slightly tweaked versions of the old car’s styling themes, like the odd sloping D-pillar, creases around the wheelarches and oversized front grille.

SsangYong has confirmed that, as with the current car, the new Rodius will be powered by a 2.0-litre diesel engine. It added that the Rodius has been “styled to be fit for outdoor, off-road driving as well as on-road driving…” which implies that the current four-wheel-drive Rodius will feature more all-terrain ability this time.

The seven-seater Rodius’ main selling point is that it is large, well equipped and cheap. The current model starts at £15,995, and comes fitted with air conditioning, an MP3-compatible stereo, Bluetooth and 12V DC power outlets.

The boot capacity is an impressive 875 litres, which can swell to a van-like 3,034 litres with the seats down. The new car is expected to follow this strategy, but with a focus on improved quality inside and out, as seen with the latest Korando SUV.