SsangYong Motor Company, the auto company from South Korea, is making its presence felt in Europe by unveiling the fourth generation of the SsangYong Korando at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. This all new model embarks on a new journey in the world of SUVs by offering not just contemporary design, but also state-of-the-art technology and the latest safety features. SsangYong Motor hopes to commence sales of the Korando in South Korea shortly, and in Europe mid-2019.
In terms of design, the new SsangYong Korando is influenced by the SsangYong SIV-2 concept unveiled at the 2016 edition of the Geneva Motor Show. This is apparent with the SUV’s front end, with a distinctive new grille and new headlight treatment. Moreover, the new Korando boasts of strongly sculptured side lines.
The contemporary exterior of the of the new SsangYong Korando is restricted in dimensions that measures 4,452 mm in length, 1,870 mm in width and 1,620 mm in height. This makes the fourth generation of the Korando longer, wider and lower than the previous model.
Since the new SsangYong Korando has a wheelbase of 2,675 mm, it offers a more spacious interior for both passengers and their luggage. In fact, the Korando boast of a luggage capacity of 551 liters with all seats in position. This capacity can be increase to 1,248 liters when all the rear seats are folded.
Meanwhile, the roomy interior of the new SsangYong Korando offers driver-oriented cockpit that includes a 9-inch AVN (audio visual navigation) screen as well as 10.25-inch full color LCD cluster dual navigation. A four-way adjustable seat with lumber support for comfort is also provided. Aside from its wide dashboard, the new Korando is loaded with connectivity features like Apple CarPlay, Google Android Auto and a Tom Tom sat nav system.
Power for the SsangYong Korando, on the other hand, is provided by any of the two available Euro 6d engines: an all-new 1.5 liter petrol GDI-turbo engine, and an updated 1.6 liter diesel engine. The 1.5 liter petrol GDI-turbo engine delivers 163 PS of max output at 5,500 rpm and 280 Nm of torque at between 1,500 rpm and 4,500 rpm. It emits 146 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer traveled.
The 1.6 liter diesel engine, meanwhile, delivers 136 PS of max motive power at 4,000 rpm and 324 Nm at 1,500 rpm. This version emits 115 grams of CO2 per km. Both engines in the SsangYong Korando will be available an automatic stop/start feature on Korando 2WD models with six-speed manual gearbox and six-speed AISIN automatic transmission.
Interestingly, SsangYong is also planning to launch an electric version of the Korando, although the South Korean didn’t divulge its timing.