• The New Fourth-generation Ssangyong Korando Reaches The Shores of Switzerland

The SUV has gotten slightly more premium and will come in an all-electric avatar soon

The fourth-gen Ssangyong Korando made its presence felt at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. Although it did not receive enough attention, there is no denying that this is an important product in the European market. The 2019 Korando is largely based on the SIV-2 design that was showcased at the same show three years back. What’s the most exciting thing about the launch, you ask? That it will be available as a fully electric vehicle by the end of 2019.

Two Engine Options To Choose From

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The Ssangyong Korando is a lot more sportier than the outgoing model. It is longer, wider, and sits closer to the ground. The new Korando also has a larger wheelbase, thus creating extra legroom inside the cabin.

The SUV will be available in two flavors - a 1.5-liter, turbocharged petrol engine that churns out 163 horses and 206 pound-feet of torque, and a 1.6-liter, turbocharged diesel engine that produces 136 ponies and 239 pound-feet of torque.

Both these engines will be available with a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. The biggest news, however, is that an all-electric model is also in works. It will be launched by the end of the year.

It Looks Better Than Its Predecessor, But Leaves A Lot To Be Desired

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The new SsangYong Korando has gotten better in the looks department, but it is not a handsome SUV, per se. Upfront, it comes with slightly swept-back headlights and a chrome strip that runs through the slim grille. The bumper houses a three-piece, vertically-stacked fog lamp set with parking sensors underneath it. The window sill raises slightly in the back and is finished in chrome and piano black.

The Korando rides on precision cut diamond alloys that look stunning.

The rear is a busy place, though. Ssangyong could have done better with the shape as well, as it looks to have ended abruptly. The chrome strip on the boot is similar to the one on the front fascia and the three-lamp light setup has an inward arrow pattern. An unconventional setup that did not come out well is the dual rectangular exhaust tip placed in the middle of the rear bumper instead of the corners.

Interior Looks Fresh And A Lot More Premium

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The Ssangyong Korando is a practical SUV, so expect a lot ’function over form’ bits. On the onset, it looks very cluttered. The waterfall center console houses the HVAC vents, a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system that supports Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and navigation, HVAC controls, the gear lever, a drive mode selector, followed by cupholders.

The seats look supremely comfortable with the extra bolstering on the sides.

Since the dash is quite ’in the face’, the legroom seems alright, but the kneeroom is sparse. The rear bench is almost flat and can easily seat three occupants. Not to mention, the Korando comes with premium upholstery, which is considered a selling point in the segment it competes in. In terms of safety, the kit includes:

  • Seven Airbags
  • Advanced Emergency Braking System
  • Lane Keep Assist
  • High Beam Assist
  • Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Blind Spot Detection
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert

Guess We Know The Electric Powertain Specs

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Ssangyong revealed the e-SIV concept at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. It produced 189 horses and was powered by a 61.5 kWh battery pack. The concept came with an all-electric range of 280 miles on a single charge. Since the company has this powertrain in its arsenal, we expect it to feature in the upcoming electric Korando. What are your thoughts on this fourth generation Mahindra-owned Ssangyong Korando? Share them with us in the comments section below.

2019 Ssangyong Korando specifications

Engine Petrol 1.5DT Diesel 1.6DT
Drivetrain Front wheel drive Front wheel drive
Engine capacity (cc) 1497 1597
Maximum power (PS/rpm) 163/5500 136/4000
Maximum torque (Nm/rpm) 280/1500-4500 324/1500

Further reading

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Read our full review on the 2019 Ssangyong Korando.

2018 SSangyong e-SIV Concept Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2018 SSangyong e-SIV Concept.

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SsangYong is launching its all-new Korando - the fourth generation to carry the name, and follows on from the SIV-2 design concept first seen at the Geneva motor show in 2016. It will go on sale across Europe from mid-2019, with an EV based on the e-SIV concept to follow.

Commented Johng-sik Choi, CEO of SsangYong Motor Company www.smotor.com/en “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 in our product philosophy was first evident in Tivoli, followed by Tivoli XLV, Rexton and then the Musso pick-up, and at each launch the media commented positively on the remarkable step changes the brand was making.

“Now we are going even further, with an all-new product which we believe will compete head-on with anything currently available in the mainstream SUV C-segment, yet will beat them all on value!”

The essential elements that differentiate the new SsangYong Korando

Form and function - contemporary style meets pure practicality

All new distinctive style externally
Contemporary yet highly practical
Longer, wider, lower and with a longer wheelbase than the previous Korando
Spacious - better head-room and rear seat space than its nearest competitors
High-tech premium feel interior

High levels of safety

Seven airbags including driver’s knee airbag
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 and rear cross traffic alert

Connectivity & technology

Apple CarPlay
Google Android Auto
On-screen options
Navigation map linked to instrument cluster for ease of viewing
Instrument graphics, text and audible messages can be personalised to driver preferences

The power to deliver

New 1.5 litre petrol GDI-turbo engine
Updated 1.6 litre diesel engine
EV to follow

Heritage & value

Draws on SsangYong’s deep experience of building SUVs and 4x4 vehicles for 65 years
Comprehensively equipped
Competitive pricing from launch
Industry leading warranty

The Korando SUV has been completely revised 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 car sports a new-look throughout which has been designed to maximise its robust character with a distinctive new grille and headlight treatment at the front.

The new Korando SUV is designed for 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 generous boot space for all their leisure equipment and daily needs.

The car will go on sale in Korea shortly, with European sales set to commence from mid-2019.

Form and function - contemporary style meets pure practicality
With an all-new and distinctive style externally, the front aspect draws on the new SsangYong-look but with strongly sculptured side lines.

While this highly contemporary look is designed to appeal to a younger customer profile, the extremely practical design will appeal to all ages.

Longer, wider and lower than the car it replaces, the new Korando measures 4,452mm long, 1,870mm wide and 1,620mm high, and with a wheelbase of 2,675mm, one of the longest in its class for increased comfort. Luggage capacity ranges from 551 litres with all seats in position, up to a huge 1,248 litres with the rear seats folded.

Inside, the spacious interior provides better head-room and rear seat space than its competitors, with a high-tech premium feel interior. It is also driver-orientated with a range of features such a 9” AVN (audio visual navigation) screen and 10.25” full colour LCD cluster dual navigation to provide all the information needed, and four-way adjustable seat with lumber support for comfort. Meanwhile passengers also benefit from features such as colour changeable ambient lighting, and doors that are designed to cover the sills along the lower part of the body to ensure they don’t pick up dirt from the side of the car when getting in and out.

High levels of safety
Thanks to a comprehensive suite of passive and active aids including all the latest features technology can provide, and with multiple airbags including a driver’s knee airbag, Korando will be one of the safest cars in its segment.

The advanced driver assistance and safety systems featured on Korando include advanced emergency braking system (AEBS) supplemented with a camera and radar, lane keep assist, vehicle ahead moving alert, safe distance and driver alerts, intelligent and adaptive cruise control and high beam assistance. It also features blind spot detection, lane keep assist and rear cross traffic alert with automatic brake activation linked to all three if the driver doesn’t apply the brakes first.

Connectivity & technology
With one of the most contemporary interiors, and with its wide and easily accessible dashboard, the new Korando bristles with the very latest in-car technology and connectivity such as Apple CarPlay, Google Android Auto and a Tom Tom sat nav system that appears on the main screen and within the instrument cluster for safe viewing.

The power to deliver
The car will be offered with the option of two Euro 6d engines from launch, an all-new 1.5 litre petrol GDI-turbo engine, and an updated 1.6 litre diesel engine. An EV is planned to follow in due course.

The new smooth running 1.5 litre petrol GDI-turbo engine displaces 1,497cc, and delivers maximum power of 163PS at 5,500rpm and a maximum torque of 280Nm at 1,500-4,500rpm, with a CO2 of 146g/km. (Target EU figure for the two wheel drive car with manual transmission).

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 1,500rpm for the automatic model, with a CO2 of 115g/km. (Target EU figure for the two wheel drive car with manual transmission).

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 will be offered with an automatic stop/start feature on two-wheel drive models with 6-speed manual and 6-speed AISIN automatic transmission.

Heritage & value
SsangYong has been designing and manufacturing SUVs and 4x4 vehicles for 65 years, and this fourth generation Korando benefits significantly from that deep experience.

Embarking on a new and much more contemporary design language first seen with the Tivoli in 2015, Korando embraces this new design look making it fit for the modern day, while drawing heavily on the brand’s experience of making well engineered, robust and reliable vehicles.

As befits the brand experience, it is also comprehensively equipped with items that most other brands charge as extras. It will offer unparalleled value when launched, and covered by an industry leading 7-year/150,000mile warranty for customer reassurance.

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