THE all new SsangYong Korando crossover will be arriving in the UK soon to join the brand’s current line-up of Kyron, Rexton and Rodius.
With a full two tonne towing capacity, the Korando is one of the best tow-cars in its class, but 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 it gives 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 utilised ladder-rack chassis architecture.
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, with the option of two-wheel drive, all-wheel drive, six-speed manual and automatic, and two trim levels.
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 sector of the fleet market. This brand new 175ps diesel engine makes Korando one of the most powerful in its class.
It joins an interesting line up of vehicles in the SsangYong showrooms including the high spec Rexton, the roomy Rodius and trendy Kyron SUVs all of which offer plenty of value for money.