What is it?
Named after the infamous demilitarised zone located between North and South Korea, the Korando Sports DMZ is Ssangyong’s latest attempt to stand out - or should that be blend in? - in the increasingly competitive pick-up truck market.
The main feature of this limited-edition pick-up is a rather questionable camouflage paint job, which, if we’re honest, looks like it has been applied by a classroom of six-year-old school children. Ssangyong's UK CEO Paul Williams only intended to import a small number of the military-inspired vehicles to the UK, but after a small trial run proved popular, he decided to turn the DMZ into an official special edition.
Putting the dodgy livery aside, the DMZ is a rather interesting proposition. Based on the top-spec EX Auto model, the DMZ comes packed with a range of kit including air conditioning, heated leather seats, cruise control, Bluetooth connectivity and rear parking sensors. For just £23,034, it’s unquestionably good value.
Mechanically the DMZ is virtually identical to other models in the range. Only one engine is available: a Ssangyong developed e-XDi 2.0-litre diesel that’s good for 153bhp and 265lb ft. Multi-link rear suspension with progressive coil springs should also – on paper, at least – give the DMZ a dynamic advantage over rivals who are still stuck on archaic leaf springs.