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.

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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Stuart Masson
Stuart Masson
Stuart is the Editorial Director of our suite of sites: The Car Expert, The Van Expert and The Truck Expert. Originally from Australia, Stuart has had a passion for cars and the automotive industry for over thirty years. He spent a decade in automotive retail, and now works tirelessly to help car buyers by providing independent and impartial advice.

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