- Petrol, diesel versions initially, electric later
- Spacious, tech-laden interior promised
- On sale in UK in second-half of 2019
It may be a name few are familiar with, but the fourth-generation SsangYong Korando has been unveiled at the 2019 Geneva motor show.
With sharp, creased styling akin to the smaller SsangYong Tivoli, the Mk4 Korando is a mite larger than its predecessor, making it close in size to direct rivals such as the Ford Kuga, Peugeot 3008 and Skoda Karoq, among a plethora of others.
2019 SsangYong Korando: petrol and diesel engines
Diesels remain a popular propulsion choice for SUVs – for now, at least – so it’s no surprise to find an updated version the familiar 1.6-litre unit with 136hp powering the latest Korando. Emissions are set to be as low as 115g/km for a front-wheel drive example.
Joining it – and set to benefit from the resurgence of petrol power – is a new 1.5-litre turbocharged unit that produces a handy 163hp and 280Nm of torque, not that far shy of the diesel’s 324Nm tally.
Comprehensive performance and efficiency figures will be announced in due course, but four-wheel drive will be available as will six-speed manual and automatic gearboxes.
SsangYong Korando: an electric future
Although no specific details have been released about its technical specifications, SsangYong has confirmed that a fully electric Korando is also in the pipeline. Expect this to reach British showrooms at some point in 2020.
Purely speculative at this stage, but given the way technology’s developing on larger electric cars, expect the plug-in Korando to be able to go for at least 250 miles between charges.
2019 SsangYong Korando: bristling with technology
Good to see that SsangYong appears to be keeping abreast of technology that wows buyers with showroom pizzazz, but whether the 9.0-inch multimedia touchscreen and 10.25-inch digital instrumentation will be standard across the range remains to be seen. The press pictures also suggest changeable colours for the LED ambient lighting in the dashboard and front door panels will also feature.
Connectivity appears to be made all the simpler with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, plus the sat-nav system is a TomTom one if you’re not using a smartphone-based app.
Spacious and safe for family life: new SsangYong Korando
In Mk4 guise, this is the largest model yet to wear the Korando badge, liberating a decent amount of room for a family of four – a fifth passenger may be a squeeze, but we’ll see for sure when we review the car later in the year. Having one of the longest wheelbases – the distance between the front and rear axles – for this type of vehicle suggests it’ll be roomy.
Boot space appears to be generous too, according to the statistics. Rear seats in place you’ve 551 litres of space to play with, expanding to 1,248 litres when they’re folded over.
How much will the 2019 SsangYong Korando cost?
There’s no word yet on prices, but it’s safe to assume the new Korando will be more expensive than the outgoing model that starts at £17,000.
Order books are likely to open in summer 2019 ahead of deliveries before the end of the year.
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