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Segment: Medium

The deal between Mercedes-Benz and the Korean manufacturer SsangYong started with the SsangYong Musso and the Kurando SUVs based on older ML platforms.

While the Chairman model wasn’t based on a Mercedes platform, it was still similar to the E-Class and the E-Class older versions when it came to both the exterior and interior designs.

Acceleration was moderate, with power coming from an ageing 3.2-liter 6-cylinder unit that developed 217 hp. The Chairman was a heavy car, thus, the luxurious sedan was not very punchy.

Inside, one could easily notice the Mercedes’ genes in the design of the dashboard, dials and switches.

Interior room was generous, especially for the rear seat passengers that enjoyed many luxury touches such as reclining rear seats, heated and cooled drink-holders and audio and climate adjustments available in the rear cabin.

Equipping the Chariman with more convenience and luxury features rose the Chariman’s price a little high. The Chairman could be equipped with powered driver’s seats, memory seats, heated all five seats, rear parking assistance an a premium quality 10-speaker audio system.

Other options included adaptive cruise control and high entertainment systems.

The safety features available with the Chariman were twin front and side airbags, an electronic stability program and ABS with brake assist.

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SSANGYONG Chairman 2008 - 2017
  4 gasoline engines
  • 2.8L 7AT (197 HP)
  • 3.2L 7AT (225 HP)
  • 3.6L 7AT (250 HP)
  • 5.0L V8 7AT (306 HP)
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SSANGYONG Chairman 2.8L 7AT (197 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.8L 7AT (197 HP)
Cylinders
L6
Displacement
2799 cm3
Power
145 KW @ 6000 RPM
197 HP @ 6000 RPM
194 BHP @ 6000 RPM
Torque
199 lb-ft @ 4700 RPM
270 Nm @ 4700 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
21.9 gallons (82.9 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
121 mph (195 km/h)
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
7-Speed Automatic Transmission with Winter Mode (Mercedes-Benz)
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
235/55 R17
DIMENSIONS
Length
202.2 in (5136 mm)
Width
74.6 in (1895 mm)
Height
59.3 in (1506 mm)
Front/rear Track
63/62.6 in (1,600/1,590 mm)
Wheelbase
109.8 in (2789 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.9 in (175 mm)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
4198 lbs (1904 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
5490 lbs (2490 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
13.8 mpg US (17 L/100Km)
Highway
25.6 mpg US (9.2 L/100Km)
Combined
19.3 mpg US (12.2 L/100Km)

SSANGYONG Chairman 3.2L 7AT (225 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  3.2L 7AT (225 HP)
Cylinders
L6
Displacement
3199 cm3
Power
165 KW @ 6500 RPM
224 HP @ 6500 RPM
221 BHP @ 6500 RPM
Torque
218 lb-ft @ 4900 RPM
296 Nm @ 4900 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
21.9 gallons (82.9 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
127 mph (204 km/h)
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
7-Speed Automatic Transmission with Winter Mode (Mercedes-Benz)
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
235/55 R17
DIMENSIONS
Length
202.2 in (5136 mm)
Width
74.6 in (1895 mm)
Height
59.3 in (1506 mm)
Front/rear Track
63/62.6 in (1,600/1,590 mm)
Wheelbase
109.8 in (2789 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.9 in (175 mm)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
4202 lbs (1906 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
5490 lbs (2490 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
16.4 mpg US (14.3 L/100Km)
Highway
23.3 mpg US (10.1 L/100Km)
Combined
19.9 mpg US (11.8 L/100Km)

SSANGYONG Chairman 3.6L 7AT (250 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  3.6L 7AT (250 HP)
Cylinders
L6
Displacement
3598 cm3
Power
184 KW @ 6600 RPM
250 HP @ 6600 RPM
247 BHP @ 6600 RPM
Torque
253 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM
343 Nm @ 4000 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
21.9 gallons (82.9 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
130 mph (209 km/h)
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
7-Speed Automatic Transmission with Winter Mode (Mercedes-Benz)
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
235/55 R17
DIMENSIONS
Length
202.2 in (5136 mm)
Width
74.6 in (1895 mm)
Height
59.3 in (1506 mm)
Front/rear Track
63/62.6 in (1,600/1,590 mm)
Wheelbase
109.8 in (2789 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.9 in (175 mm)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
4217 lbs (1913 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
5490 lbs (2490 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
16.2 mpg US (14.5 L/100Km)
Highway
23.3 mpg US (10.1 L/100Km)
Combined
19.8 mpg US (11.9 L/100Km)

SSANGYONG Chairman 5.0L V8 7AT (306 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  5.0L V8 7AT (306 HP)
Cylinders
V8
Displacement
4966 cm3
Power
225 KW @ 5600 RPM
306 HP @ 5600 RPM
302 BHP @ 5600 RPM
Torque
325 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM
441 Nm @ 4000 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
21.9 gallons (82.9 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
152 mph (245 km/h)
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
7-Speed Automatic Transmission with Winter Mode (Mercedes-Benz)
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
245/45 R19
DIMENSIONS
Length
214 in (5436 mm)
Width
74.6 in (1895 mm)
Height
59.3 in (1506 mm)
Front/rear Track
63/62.6 in (1,600/1,590 mm)
Wheelbase
128.7 in (3269 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.9 in (175 mm)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
4458 lbs (2022 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
5688 lbs (2580 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
15 mpg US (15.7 L/100Km)
Highway
22.6 mpg US (10.4 L/100Km)
Combined
17.7 mpg US (13.3 L/100Km)
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