SsangYong Motors UK has launched its all-new Korando C-segment SUV which premiered at Geneva motor show earlier this year. According to the company, the all-new vehicle “possesses the space and capabilities of a traditional SUV and features a whole range of enhancements to the outgoing model. It pairs new stylish exterior and interior design with advanced safety and infotainment technologies, as well as efficient new powertrains complying with future emission standards”. Inside, the Korando has a fully digital ‘BlazeCockpit’ interface and driver assistance technologies.
The fourth generation Korando was designed by the team based at SsangYong’s R&D Centre in Pyeongtaek, South Korea. The studio has modernised the look of the new Korando, which features a range of updates to its exterior design, interior design and a host of added features.
The new compact SUV features multi-focus reflector LED headlights and high-power LED stacked fog-lights for visual impact, front and rear daytime running lights, and redesigned fog lamps also provide maximum visibility and enhance the SUV’s light signature for a more modern appearance. Dependent on trim level, Korando offers a selection of three stylish alloy wheel designs – 17, 18 and 19-inch diamond cut wheels.
Inside, new Korando’s integrated wrap-around dashboard design is said to be inspired by the design of a classical string instrument, and at the top of the range its “Blaze Cockpit” has a 10.25-inch full digital cluster and 9-inch AVN unit with a colour choice of 34 infinity mood lighting options.
The seats have either cloth, a combination of faux leather and cloth or premium leather, and are heated, ventilated, powered – dependent on trim level.
Other features include paddle shift levers (with auto transmission), heated steering wheel with tilt, rake and reach, dual auto climate control and 60/40 rear split seats with ISO FIX.
In step with engine down-sizing seen throughout the industry, the new Korando is available with a choice of compact engines characterised by “high combustion efficiency, superior power delivery and good fuel economy”. Korando is available with either an uprated 1.6 Diesel engine or 1.5 GDI-turbo petrol engine.
The newly developed Euro 6D-T compliant 1.6 litre diesel engine produces 134 bhp maximum power and 238 ft lb max torque. It achieves a CO2 emission level of 144 (NEDC) and fuel economy of up to 48.7mpg on the WLTP combined cycle and achieves 0-62mph in 12.01 seconds.
Later on, Korando will also offer a Euro 6D-T compliant 1.5 GDI-turbo petrol engine which produces 161bhp max power with and 207 ft lb of torque at 1,500-4,500 RPM. The vehicle and full performance stats will be available in the UK from December 2019.
The new car features the latest AISIN 3rd generation six-speed automatic transmission with selectable drive modes. Normal mode balances the need for fuel economy and power, this default mode is utilised for day-to-day driving and is not indicated on the dashboard. Sport mode delivers extra power, whilst Winter mode starts Korando in 2nd gear to prevent tyre slippage on icy roads. Non-4×4 models come with an auto-stop system to save fuel and lower CO2. Manual variants will arrive into the UK early 2020.
The new Korando is available with all-wheel drive. Automatic Drive Control controls the speed of each wheel is individually monitored in real-time. If a wheel slip is detected, torque is automatically redistributed to the wheel where it is needed most, thus maximising traction over treacherous roads, and ensuring safer driving. The Lock-Mode Function, unlike Auto-Mode, increases torque delivery to the rear wheels for improved traction and stability. Above 40km/h (about 25 mph), the system automatically switches to Auto-Mode and will switch back to Lock-Mode when the speed is reduced to 40km/h or less. Its braking system drives control and brake systems to inert-operate which improves traction, stability and safety.
And, the new Korando offers generous approach and departure angles too with an approach of 18 degrees and departure angle of 24.5 degrees.
There are four Korando models to choose from. The line-up includes a 1.5 GDI-turbo petrol engine (December 2019) entry model 2WD ELX and a 1.5 GDI-turbo petrol 2WD Ventura, which is mid-specification level. The Pioneer, which has been specifically designed for SsangYong’s existing and prospect caravanning customers, is available with a diesel engine and automatic transmission in 2WD and 4WD. The top of the range Ultimate model is available as a petrol 2WD and 4WD or with the 1.6 diesel engine with automatic transmission and 4WD.
SsangYong Korando ELX
The Korando ELX is powered by the 1.5 GDI-turbo petrol engine with manual transmission, available in 2WD only. Finished in a smart woven cloth trim, it includes 17-inch alloys with all-weather tyres, electronic cruise control, DAB/RDS/Bluetooth radio, six airbags, auto lights and wipers and a range of advanced safety equipment and many more features.
SsangYong Korando Ventura
The Korando Ventura, is powered by the 1.5 GDI-turbo petrol engine with manual transmission, available in 2WD only, adds combined Faux leather with deluxe fabric seat upholstery, 18-inch diamond cut alloy wheels with standard tyres, heated front seats, front and rear parking sensors, electronic parking brake, 10.25-inch full LCD cluster, 8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay / Auto Android, and many more features.
SsangYong Korando Pioneer
The Korando Pioneer, is available the 1.6 diesel engine with automatic transmission, in 2WD and 4WD. Aimed at the caravan and towing market, the Pioneer has a 2-tonne towing capacity, combined Faux leather with deluxe fabric seat upholstery, 17-inch alloy wheels with all-weather tyres, heated front seats, front and rear parking sensors, heated steering wheel, full sized spare wheel, 3.5-inch LCD cluster, 8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay / Auto Android and rear view camera and many more features.
SsangYong Korando Ultimate
The top-spec Korando Ultimate is available in three variants. There is a petrol 2WD derivative available with manual (early 2020) and automatic transmissions or diesel engine and with automatic transmission, in 4WD only. The highest specification model in the Korando range features soft leather seats throughout (with driver’s lumbar support) a dual-zone air conditioning system and a range of advanced safety equipment. The Ultimate boasts 19-inch diamond cut alloy wheels, smart keyless start, rear privacy glass, LED multi-focus headlights, 10.25-inch full digital cluster and mood lighting and a power tailgate.
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