Geneva: SsangYong launches all-new Korando SUV

Mid-sized SUV undergoes an extensive transformation – and a fully electric model is on the way

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SsangYong has unveiled its latest model – the new Korando mid-sized SUV – at the 2019 Geneva motor show.

The Korando is the latest in a long line of SsangYong SUVs, and the fourth generation to carry the name. It features a design inspired by the SIV-2 concept, with angular styling and the brand’s chromed ‘family face’ also seen on the Rexton.

It’s longer, lower and wider than the model it replaces, with a lengthier wheelbase for improved passenger legroom. SsangYong claims better headroom and rear-seat space than all its nearest competitors, and a ‘high-tech, premium-feel interior’.

It’s certainly improved in terms of looks – the Korando’s dashboard now features a modern, nine-inch infotainment display and the brand’s first digital dial pack. There’s even ambient lighting with selectable colours, and all models will feature Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity.

   

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Two engines will be on offer initially – one petrol and one diesel. Both will be available with a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic gearbox. Four-wheel drive will also be on offer.

The petrol engine delivers 163bhp and 280Nm of torque, and will emit 146g/km of CO2. No fuel economy figures have been released yet.

The diesel is a 135hp unit with 324Nm of torque and CO2 emissions of 115g/km.

The car will be capable of towing two tonnes – useful, as the current Korando is popular with caravanners.

SsangYong also says that the Korando will see a fully electric model join the range “in due course” – though it’s revealed no further details on this.

All models will receive the brand’s class-leading seven-year warranty, and SsangYong says they’ll be “competitively priced” and “comprehensively equipped”. SsangYong is traditionally a budget brand, so you can expect prices to be slightly below its main rivals.

The current Korando starts from £17,495 on-road.

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