SsangYong Ireland has launched its all-new Korando – the fourth generation to carry the badge, and follows on from the SIV-2 design concept first displayed at the Geneva International Motor Show in 2016. It is now on sale in global markets, with an all-electric EV based on the e-SIV concept to follow.
“This new Korando is further proof of the quantum change in direction that SsangYong has embarked on, and exemplifies this through contemporary design, state-of-the-art technology, the latest in safety, and new power options which will soon include electrification. This revolution was first evident in Tivoli, followed by XLV, Rexton and then in the Musso and Musso Grand Pick-up, and at each launch the media commented positively on the remarkable step improvement the brand was making. Now SsangYong is going even further, with an all-new product which will compete head-on with anything currently available in the mainstream SUV C-segment, but will surpass them all on value,” stated John McKenna, Country Manager, SsangYong Ireland. The re-established company under Maltese ownership, through the Famalco Group, has opened its new headquarters off the M50 at Oak Park Business Park, Dublin.
The Korando SUV has been completely transformed for 2019 with an all-new contemporary exterior design, a refined, premium quality and spacious interior, enhanced driver assistance and safety systems, plus state-of-the-art connectivity. The new Korando SUV is designed for young families seeking an active lifestyle, and will appeal to those requiring a car that can handle the rough and tumble of family life, with sector leading interior space for growing children, and a generous boot space for all their leisure equipment and daily needs.
Longer, wider, lower and with a longer wheelbase that the car it replaces, the new Korando measures 4,450mm in length, 1,870mm wide, 1,620mm high, and with a long wheelbase for increased ride comfort of 2,675mm. Luggage capacity ranges from 551 litres with all seats in position, up to a huge 1,248 litres with the rear seats folded.
The car is offered with the option of two Euro 6d-temp engines from launch, an all-new 1.5 litre petrol GDI-turbo engine, and a 1.6 litre diesel engine. The new smooth running 1.5 litre petrol GDI-turbo engine displaces 1,497cc, and delivers maximum power of 163PS at 5,000-5,500rpm and a maximum torque of 280Nm at 1,500-4,000rpm, with a CO2 of 154g/km. (Target EU figure for the two wheel drive car with manual transmission and stop/start). The highly economical, powerful and clean 1.6 litre diesel engine displaces 1,597cc, delivering a maximum power of 136PS at 4,000rpm and a maximum torque of 324Nm at 1,500-2,500rpm for the automatic model, with a CO2 of 130g/km. (Target EU figure for the two wheel drive car with manual transmission and stop/start). The 1.6 litre diesel with automatic will offer an impressive 2-tonne towing capacity, or 1.5-tonne with the other engines and transmissions. Both engines offer with an automatic stop/start feature on two-wheel drive models with 6-speed manual and 6-speed AISIN automatic transmission.
SsangYong has been designing and manufacturing SUVs and 4×4 vehicles for over 60 years, and this fourth generation Korando benefits significantly from that deep experience.
Essential elements of the new SsangYong Korando
- All new distinctive style externally
- Longer, wider, lower and with a longer wheelbase than the previous Korando
- Spacious – better head-room and rear seat space than its nearest competitors
- Five Star NCAP Rating
- Seven airbags including driver’s knee airbag
- Advanced Driver Assistance & Safety System (ADAS)
- Advanced Emergency Braking System (AEBS) with camera and radar
- Lane Keep Assist
- Front Vehicle Start Alert
- High Beam Assist
- Safety Distance Alert
- Driver Attention Alert
- Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control
- Blind Spot Detection, Lane Keep Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert with automatic brake activation
- Apple CarPlay – Google Android Auto
- Navigation map linked to instrument cluster for ease of viewing
- Instrument graphics, text and audible messages can be personalized to driver preference
- Wireless smartphone charger