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SsangYong MPV becomes a campervan

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SsangYong Turismo

Value brand SsangYong reveals special-build, two-berth £29,995 Turismo MPV conversion.

Value motoring brand SsangYong continues to show its resourceful side in the form of the Turismo Tourist Camper. The campervan version of the company’s big Turismo MPV looks set to have a price tag starting at £29,995.

The SsangYong Turismo MPV has been remodelled and now features an elevating roof, rear tailgate awning, swivel seats at the front, a toilet, a fridge, a hob and even the kitchen sink! The seats are foldable to create twin beds, which come with memory foam toppers and in-fill cushions. There is also the option to invest in a four-berth model.

The hob slides out at the back of the vehicle, meaning that it can be used outdoors in place of a barbecue. SsangYong is also offers the option of a solar panel, a mains hook-up and Eberspacher central heating.

Campervan expertise from Wellhouse.

The conversion of the SsangYong Turismo MPV has been undertaken by motorhome specialists Wellhouse Leisure. Paul Williams, the CEO of SsangYong Motor UK, said that the company has achieved an ‘excellent’ result and the Turismo Tourist Camper will be a 'great vehicle’ as it takes its place in Britain’s booming leisure market.

Williams said that with the standard form of the Turismo offering seven-adult places and room for luggage, making it one of the largest cars available to buy, it was the perfect choice for a two-berth campervan conversion. The new SsangYong Turismo campervan was showcased at this month’s Motorhome & Caravan Show, which was held at the NEC in Birmingham and ended on October 16.

Under the bonnet of the SsangYong camper

The SsangYong Turismo Tourist Camper is powered by a 2.2 turbodiesel engine and can produce 178hp. The engine can be combined with either a seven-speed automatic gearbox by Mercedes-Benz or six-speed manual transmission. There is also the choice of either four- or front-wheel drive.

The SsangYong Turismo MPV

For those who want a means of transportation rather than a temporary home, the SsangYong Turismo is a monster of an MPV. With its starting price of just £18,995, the restyled Rodius is renowned for offering as much space as is possible to get at such a low price. Even a model packed out with all of the available equipment won’t reach the £25,000 mark.

In the Turismo’s homeland of Korea, the car has no less than 11 seats, but seven was deemed plentiful for the British market. The seats are more generously proportioned and the boot is large enough for plenty of luggage.

In 2016, the SsangYong Turismo began to be sold with a Euro6-compliant diesel engine. The 22.2-litre unit is standard throughout the range and offers increased performance levels of 295lb ft and 175bhp. Fuel consumption and emissions, meanwhile, are down with the new Turismo, at 39.2mpg and 189g/km, and it is fairly fast off the mark up to about 50mph.

It has a towing capacity of two tonnes and the seats in the MPV fold completely flat. This means that sleeping space could be created without necessarily investing in the SsangYong Turismo Tourist Camper. With all of the back seats removed, the MPV offers more than 3,000 litres of space. The Ford Galaxy, another large car, in comparison, offers 2,339 litres.

Its main rivals, in terms of flexibility and space, are seated vans such as the Mercedes Vito and the Volkswagen Caravelle, although buyers would need to consider used versions of these models with plenty of miles on the clock if they only had £19,000 to spend and wanted similar specs and power.

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