The new SsangYong Korando SUV arrives to take on the Nissan Qashqai with a new look and updated tech
The new SsangYong Korando SUV has been revealed at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. The brand’s latest Nissan Qashqai rival has undergone a significant overhaul, with fresh cosmetics, a new range of engines, a redesigned interior, and an updated infotainment system.
The design of SsangYong’s new Korando was hinted at by the firm’s e-SIV concept from the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, with its chunky C-pillars and swept-back headlights perched atop a snub-nosed bumper.
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From launch, conventional and hybrid drivetrains will be the only engine options, with a new 1.6-litre diesel and 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol being the options. However, it’s expected that the Korando will be offered with an all-electric powertrain by 2020, as previewed by the e-SIV concept.
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The new Korando features a redesigned cabin with a nine-inch infotainment system and a 10.25-inch digital instrument binnacle, along with a four-way adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support.
The new car is the first in a wave of new and refreshed products from the Korean brand. The Tivoli crossover will receive a heavy facelift in 2020 while the recently launched Rexton will be updated in 2022.
SsangYong is also considering a new SUV to sit between the new Korando small SUV and Rexton mid-size SUV to capture more market share. New SsangYong managing director Nick Laird told Auto Express earlier this year: “As Land Rover is becoming ever-more premium, we see a part of the market we can really capture – a market that is specialist that demands products that offer great design while still offering excellent value for money.
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New SsangYong e-SIV concept sets tone for new Korando
The SsangYong e-SIV concept car, revealed iat last year’s Geneva Motor Show, previewed not only the design of the next SsangYong Korando, but also the direction of the pure-electric version due in 2020.
The concept uses a 189bhp electric motor powered by a 61.5kWh battery that is good enough for a range of 200 to 280 miles. The battery pack can be 80 per cent charged in 50 minutes while the e-SIV has a top speed of 93mph.
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The Geneva show car’s design was naturally paired down for the production Korando, but the coupe-like roofline and car’s general looks remain, as do the dimensions – it’s fractionally longer and wider than the current Korando.
Inside the e-SIV previewed the Korean brand’s new interest in autonomous driving and greater connectivity that’s destined to appear in the new Korando. The concept features stage 2 self-driving technology which recognises the lane the car is travelling in, and can maintain a safe distance between it and other vehicles on the road. SsangYong says the car can be further equipped with an extra sensor to increase the automatic lane and active driving function to achieve self-driving stage 3.
Meanwhile the EV version will feature connected car technology allowing owners to charge and monitor the car’s battery via a smartphone app.
The e-SIV also shows off SsangYong’s new focus on making their cars more fun to drive. The new Korando and pure-electric version will be built on a new platform that’ll be tuned for better driving dynamics, along with more daring body design and efficient engines.
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