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Soft-road Nissan Qashqai rival will be on sale by March 2010

The SsangYong C200 soft-roader will go on sale in the UK early next year.

The Nissan Qashqai rival, which was shown as a concept model at this year's Seoul motor show, will be available in front- and all-wheel-drive versions, according to the company's UK boss, Paul Williams.

There will be a choice of a 1.8-litre turbocharged petrol engine and a 2.0-litre diesel unit. There will be six-speed manual and five-speed automatic gearbox options.

A hybrid diesel version is under development, but no on-sale date has yet been set.

The arrival of thr C200 depends on the outcome of Ssangyong's current receivership battle.

In Korea, receivership works in a similar way to US Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. As a result, Ssangyong is preparing a restructuring plan, which will then be presented to the courts on 22 May.

As part of this plan, Ssangyong is proposing to introduce five new models in the next five years.

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