SsangYong Korando Enhanced06-03-2012
At this year’s Geneva International Motor Show, SsangYong Motor Company will introduce its revised Korando crossover. With new powertrains, enhanced styling and improved quality, the enhanced Korando is ready to challenge the market leaders in its class.
Both convenience and safety specifications have been improved, while new petrol and diesel technology help reduce its CO2 emissions.
The newly added 2.0 litre 149ps eco diesel engine brings CO2 emissions down to 147g/km (2WD, manual) and 157g/km (AWD, manual), and is expected to go on sale in Europe from mid-year. The new 2.0 litre petrol engine produces CO2 emissions of 175g/km (2WD, manual) and 192g/km (AWD, manual).
Enhancing Korando’s strong yet svelte design, the chrome-coated mesh radiator grille and contemporary looking hybrid wiper blades add a stylish finish.
Inside, the trim has been upgraded to a carbon grain pattern in line with the car’s active look, and a high gloss finish has been applied to the switchgear to bring a more luxurious feel to the interior, while other specification enhancements include an improved LED illuminated instrument cluster.
SsangYong’s engineering team has applied new features to improve Korando’s NVH (Noise, Vibration and Harshness) qualities. Revised gearing along with a new engine casing helps reduce diesel engine noise, while an enhanced transmission control system improves the overall driving experience.
Like every all terrain SsangYong, Korando is designed to pull through where its competitors would be left stranded. Compact front and rear sub frames are built to tackle rough roads and steep inclines without body damage. In addition, the active all wheel drive (AWD) system and multi-function ESP provide reliable traction even on snowy, slippery road conditions.
Korando’s excellent rigidity and quality have already been recognised during its victory in the ScanCovery Trial 2012. Driving 7,000kms from the Arctic Circle to The Netherlands in January, the winning Korando beat some 60 SUV competitors after driving through the most arduous weather with temperatures as low as -40°C.