SsangYong Chairman

The SsangYong Chairman is a full-size luxury car that was manufactured by South Korean automaker SsangYong from 1997 to 2017. The original model was renamed to Chairman H in 2008, with a new model introduced in the same year and designated Chairman W.

SsangYong Chairman W/H
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Body and chassis
ClassFull-size luxury car (F)
Body style4-door sedan


On release to South Korean market in 1997, the Chairman was a high-end executive sedan. Its manufacturer, SsangYong, was best known for SUVs and RVs and the Chairman has been its only sedan. The first generation Chairman was built on the W124 Mercedes-Benz E-Class platform,[citation needed] but styled to resemble the W220 S-Class.[citation needed]

Chairman H (1997–2014)Edit

Chairman H
Also calledDaewoo Chairman 대우 체어맨
AssemblySouth Korea: Pyeongtaek
Body and chassis
LayoutFront-engine, rear-wheel-drive
Transmission5-speed automatic (5G-Tronic)
Wheelbase2,900 mm (114.2 in)
  • 5,055 mm (199.0 in) (1997–2003)
  • 5,135 mm (202.2 in) (2003–2008)
  • 5,110 mm (201.2 in) (2008–2011)
  • 5,050 mm (198.8 in) (2011–2014)
Width1,825 mm (71.9 in)
Height1,465 mm (57.7 in)

SsangYong renamed the original pre-2008 Chairman model as Chairman H (which has the same design as the 2003–2008 model) to differentiate from the Chairman W. Chairman H kept the same exterior, interior, engine, transmission and features as the previous models. In 2003, the Chairman received a restyled front grille, front and rear headlights and improved interior assembly.

The 2005 Chairman, based on the Mercedes-Benz W124 had the following features: heated and cooled cup holders, rear parking sensors, rain-sensing wipers, anti-lock brakes, stability and traction control.

Although sold globally, the Chairman H sold very poorly outside Korea, due to both poor reviews and a lack of SsangYong dealerships. This was in part rectified by labeling the car Daewoo in some countries, which also included the Daewoo corporate grille.

In 2011, the Chairman H was once again redesigned, still keeping its Mercedes-Benz design cues.[1]

The Korea Automobile Manufacturers Association (KAMA) stated that in 2014 SsangYong Motor Company sold a total of 1,718 Chairman H cars in South Korea. In January 2015 the SsangYong Motor Company website no longer advertised or referenced the Chairman H.


Model Availability Engine Displacement Power
2.3 I4 150 from debut 4-cylinder in-line Petrol 2,299 cc 110 kW (150 PS; 148 hp)
2.8 I6 200 from debut 6-cylinder in-line Petrol 2,799 cc 145 kW (197 PS; 194 hp)
3.2 I6 220 from debut 6-cylinder in-line Petrol 3,199 cc 162 kW (220 PS; 217 hp)
3.6 I6 280 from 2007 6-cylinder in-line Petrol 3,598 cc 205 kW (279 PS; 275 hp)


Chairman W (2008–2017)Edit

Chairman W
Also calledRoewe 850 (China)
Body and chassis
LayoutFR/F4 layout
RelatedMercedes-Benz S-Class (W220)
Engine3.2 L M104.99 I6
3.6 L M104.941 I6
5.0 L M113 E50 V8
Transmission7-speed automatic (7G-Tronic)
Wheelbase2,970 mm (116.9 in)
3,270 mm (128.7 in) (LWB ver.)
Length5,090 mm (200.4 in) (2008–2011)
5,135 mm (202.2 in) (2011–2017)
5,410 mm (213.0 in) (LWB ver.)
Width1,895 mm (74.6 in)
Height1,495 mm (58.9 in)
1,500 mm (59.1 in) (LWB ver.)

SsangYong developed their own all-new flagship Chairman W, New Chairman with V8 5-litre engine and Mercedes-Benz 7G-Tronic automatic transmission. The Chairman W is derived from the SsangYong WZ concept car. The 'W' stands for 'World Class.'

Chairman W is offered in six trims with two engines, a limo version, and an additional AWD 4-Tronic (Mercedes-Benz 4Matic). XGi360, once used for New Chairman, is transferred to the entry model with a straight 6-cylinder engine, and the 5-liter V8 Mercedes-Benz M113 engine and the 7G-Tronic transmission (the largest V8 engine produced in South Korea[2]) are applied to two high-end models, VVIP and the long-wheel-base version. It has an electronically controlled self-levelling air suspension system with a rebound coil that helps reduce noise and vibration, as well as an extended rear passenger space[3] and the front and rear both have their own screen to control the car's entertainment system, similar to Chrysler's MyGig.

The Chairman W is the first Korean luxury sedan to apply a four-wheel drive system, a feature common in high-end European sedans.[3]

The license-built Chinese version of the Chairman is called Roewe 850.

In 23 November 2017, SsangYong Motor Company announced that the Chairman will be finally discontinued in order to shift focus on SUVs and crossovers, marking the Chairman ended its production for 20 years.


Model Name Motor Displacement Power Torque Consumption Top speed
3.2 I6 XGi320 6-cylinder in-line, Petrol 3,199 cc 165.5 kW (225 PS; 222 hp) at 6,600 rpm 296 N⋅m (218 lb⋅ft) at 4,600 rpm 8.1 km/l 250 km/h (155 mph)
3.6 I6 XGi360 6-cylinder in-line, Petrol 3,598 cc 184 kW (250 PS; 247 hp) at 6,600 rpm 343 N⋅m (253 lb⋅ft) at 4,000 rpm 7.8 km/l 250 km/h (155 mph)
5.0 V8 XGi500 8-cylinder in V, Petrol 4,966 cc 225 kW (306 PS; 302 hp) at 5,600 rpm 441 N⋅m (325 lb⋅ft) at 4,000 rpm 7.3 km/l 250 km/h (155 mph)



  1. ^ Tim Beissmann (8 April 2011). "2011 Ssangyong Chairman H unveiled in Seoul". Retrieved 10 April 2011.
  2. ^ "The Car Web: Ssangyong Chairman W: The Launch". 23 February 2008. Retrieved 30 April 2010.
  3. ^ a b "INSIDE JoongAng Daily". 1 October 2009. Retrieved 30 April 2010.

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