Praised by its manufacturer to have the practicality of a 4x4/SUV and accessibility of a family hatchback, the Korando is expected to provide entry to a major new and growing market sector. The car will go against cars such as the Ford Kuga, Hyundai ix35, Kia Sportage, Nissan Qashqai and Volkswagen Tiguan.
Powering the Korando is a new Euro5 2.0 litre diesel engine, which delivers 57g/km CO2 emissions. Coming below the critical 160g/km level, it allows a 25% tax reduction, which could appeal to the fleet market sector.
“This brand new 175PS diesel engine makes Korando one of the most powerful in its class,” SsangYong brags in a statement. “A comprehensive five-year or 250,000 mile warranty, excellent fuel economy and low running costs will also set a new benchmark of affordability in the rapidly growing compact crossover segment.”
There will be various models available in the UK, with the option of two-wheel drive, all-wheel drive, 6-speed manual and automatic, and two trim levels.
The Korando range includes five variants:
• Two-wheel drive, manual
• Two-wheel drive, manual - High Line
• Two-wheel drive, automatic - High Line
• All-wheel drive, manual - High Line
• All-wheel drive, automatic - High Line