We can't help being fascinated by pickup trucks around the world, and Ssangyong's Korando Sports has caught our eye. The manufacturer introduced it about a year ago. The idea was an interesting one: Combine the suspension, refined engine, and people-friendly cabin of a car, the room of a crew cab (seating for five), and the toughness of a truck. This reminds us of past attempts to blend a truck and SUVs in the USA -- like the Avalanche and the Explorer Sport Trac.
Standard features are more value-minded in this truck than in trucks in the U.S.: 16-inch alloy wheels, tinted glass, air-conditioning, leather steering wheel, key-fob-controlled locks, Kenwood MP3/CD player with USB/aux port, and Bluetooth connectivity. And for 2014, it gets speed-sensitive power steering. Step up from the SX to the EX, and you get 18-inch alloys, leather seats with front seat heaters, power driver's seat, heated power (and power-folding) side mirrors, and rear parking sensors. A six-speed automatic transmission and cruise control are options.
This truck comes with three tops: the Top-Up, a hinged fiberglass cover; the Classic, a shell with a rear brake light, interior light, side opening glass, and fixed front glass; and Elegance, which adds bars to the Classic a heated rear window, sliding front glass, LED interior light, central locking, pop-out windows, and roof. This truck probably won't come to America, but it's certainly an interesting idea.