THE new SsangYong Korando gets a hike in power and price for the forthcoming 2016 model year.
Out goes the current two-litre diesel engine, to be replaced by a new 2.2-litre unit that now complies with the latest Euro6 emissions legislation.
This means that the CO2 figure falls from 147g/km to a new low of 139g/ km, according to the official test results.
There is now a choice of two-wheel drive, four-wheel drive and either a six-speed manual or a new six-speed automatic transmission.
SsangYong reckons that in this latest guise the new Korando is ideally suited to the needs of farmers and anyone towing a trailer or horse box. SsangYong UK boss Paul Williams says: “The power upgrade brings greater refinement, while the car continues to deliver unrivalled levels of equipment and value. No other car in its class has such a strong towing capability, nor such a comprehensive warranty."
The newly developed e-XDi220 diesel engine achieves increased power of 178ps and torque of 400Nm. This represents a power hike of 20 per cent and a rise in torque, or pulling power, of ten per cent. Also, the engine has to do less work because maximum pulling power is achieved at just 1,400rpm and is maintained up to 2800rpm.
CO2 emissions are reduced to 139g/km from 147g/km on the current two-wheel drive, manual transmission model, while economy is improved to 50mpg for the same model compared with 45mpg on the two-litre equivalent that it replaces.
There are some minor styling enhancements to persuade punters to trade in their current car for the new-look version.
Externally, it now sports clear glass direction indicators, a new piano black radiator grille with additional chrome detailing on the ELX, and new-look 16-inch and 17-inch alloy wheels, as well as 18-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels on the top of the range model.
There are further improvements inside with an upgraded infotainment system throughout the range. The SE gets an RDS audio system with an MP3 player, plus Bluetooth and iPod/iPhone connectivity, while the EX has a seven-inch high-resolution touch screen with audio Streaming from smart devices and a link to the rear view camera. The top-of-the-range ELX also gains a TomTom navigation system, and all feature a USB memory slot, aux port and HDMI port.
Korando SE prices start from £15,995 in two-wheel drive guise or £l7,495 for the four-wheel drive version, powered by the new 2.2 litre Euro 6 diesel engine with manual transmission.
The SE comes with cloth trim, electric windows, air conditioning, cruise control, 16-inch alloy wheels, an RDS/Bluetooth radio and half a dozen airbags. It also now includes roof rails, front fog lights and a rear parcel shelf.
The EX is available in either two-wheel drive at £17,495 or four wheel drive for £18,995 and adds automatic air conditioning, heated front seats, a smart audio system with seven-inch touch screen linked to the rear view camera, privacy glass, rear spoiler with high mounted LED brake light, rear parking sensors and 17-inch alloy wheels.
The manual version of the flagship ELX Korando costs from £20,995, whilst the six-speed automatic model is £22,495.
There is on-demand four wheel drive as standard, leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats, six-way "power adjustable driver's seat, smart audio system with seven-inch touch screen with a TomTom navigation system, additional chrome detailing inside and out, plus new 18-inch diamond cut alloy wheels.
Whilst SsangYong has supplied prices for the new vehicles, what the company does not say is that they are £1,000 more than those of the current cars.
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