Ssangyong welcomes Korando crossover
The all new SsangYong Korando represents a major step forward for the brand, and for a number of significant reasons.
Recently previewed in Mallorca to the international motoring press, the Korando also marks a number of ‘firsts’. As a crossover, the new car allows SsangYong to expand from its core SUV (sport utility vehicle) model range, with the practicality of a 4x4/SUV and accessibility of a family hatchback giving the company entry to a major new and growing market sector.
Designed in Europe by Giorgetto Giugiaro, the new car offers a highly contemporary look while featuring a monocoque construction – another first for the marque which has traditionally employed ladder-rack chassis architecture. This new platform will also form the basis of the brand’s future product development programme.
SsangYong’s hallmark competitive pricing and comprehensive specification will pitch this fourth generation Korando against cars such as the Ford Kuga, Hyundai ix35, Kia Sportage, Nissan Qashqai and Volkswagen Tiguan.
There will be five models from launch in the UK, with the option of two-wheel drive, all-wheel drive, 6-speed manual and automatic, and two trim levels.
Two-wheel drive, manual
Two-wheel drive, manual - High Line
Two-wheel drive, automatic - High Line
All-wheel drive, manual - High Line
All-wheel drive, automatic - High Line
Power is from a new Euro5 2.0 litre diesel engine, which delivers excellent fuel economy and impressive 157g/km CO2 emissions. Coming below the critical 160g/km level permits a 25% tax reduction, especially important for the user/chooser, a key part of the fleet market.
The brand new 175PS diesel engine makes Korando one of the most powerful in its class, and with a full two tonne towing capacity, also one of the best tow-cars.
A comprehensive five-year or 250,000 mile warranty, excellent fuel economy and low running costs will also set a new benchmark of affordability in the rapidly growing compact crossover segment.
Production of right-hand-drive vehicles begins this month with deliveries to the United Kingdom commencing towards the end of 2010, and an on sale date in January. Prices will be announced nearer the time, but are predicted to be highly competitive.