Ssangyong testing hybrid technology

* Hybrid technology being tested on Juke rival, the X100 * As yet unconfirmed for UK models * 1.6-litre petrol and diesel engines being developed...

Ssangyong testing hybrid technology

Ssangyong engineers are testing hybrid powertrains on the company’s new small SUV that is jointly developed with part owner Mahindra and due in the UK this year.

The Nissan Juke rival was revealed in concept form at last year’s Geneva show, named the X100, and Ssangyong' UK's marketing and communications director Steve Gray confirmed that the company has now put a hybrid powertrain in it.

However, Gray said that this technology is unlikely to reach this country any time soon on this model.

'We’re focusing on establishing the Ssangyong brand in the UK,' said Gray. ‘Although it’s being tested, I don’t think we’re ready for hybrid Ssangyong models over here just yet. Our network of dealers is growing, and at this stage they’re more interested in promoting Ssangyong as brilliant value.

‘Bringing in hybrid technology would mean higher list prices and a more complicated servicing, which isn’t what we want while trying to maintain growth.’

Ssangyong could confirm that the development of a 1.6-litre petrol and 1.6-litre diesel will go into the X100 when it is launched.

The production car is expected to be revealed later in 2014.

By Rory White