KGM Torres Review 2024

KGM Torres At A Glance

+All-electric SsangYong should be good value.

-SsangYong name still not widely recognised

Meet the new SsangYong Torres EVX, an all-electric SUV set to compete with the likes of the Skoda Enyaq iV and the Toyota bZ4x in the UK market.

The vehicle is expected to arrive by the end of this year, although it might bear a different name badge, following the acquisition of SsangYong by the KG Group, which led to the renaming of the brand to KG Mobility in Korea in March 2023.

Despite the name change, the electric version of the Torres is likely to play a crucial role in enhancing the brand's reputation by offering higher quality and more desirable vehicles.

While SsangYong was once a lesser-known player in the UK car scene, recent models like the Tivoli, Korando, and Rexton SUVs have gained popularity due to their affordable prices, generous specifications and an impressive seven-year warranty.

As for the 2023 SsangYong Torres EVX prices and release date, UK customers can expect to see the new model hit the shores by the end of the year.

Although official prices and specifications are yet to be confirmed, early indications suggest an entry price of just under £30,000, with top-spec models likely to cost a couple of thousand pounds more.

However, the UK price might differ, considering SsangYong already offers the slightly smaller Korando E-Motion EV in the UK, which is priced from £32,695 to £38,695. In comparison, its rivals like the Skoda Enyaq iV starts at £42,925, and the Toyota bZ4X starts at £46,110.

When it comes to styling, the SsangYong Torres EVX shares its mechanical underpinnings with its petrol and diesel counterparts but features a front-end redesign with a full-width LED strip replacing traditional headlights, complemented by a grille reminiscent of a Jeep.

The front bumper has been given a chunky and distinct appearance unique to the electric version. Inside, the EVX offers a minimalist interior with a wide infotainment system display comprising two 12.3-inch screens – one behind the steering wheel and one in the center.

The new SsangYong Torres EVX is expected to be available in two trim levels: the E5 and the E7. The E5 trim comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, a roof rack, and a heat pump integrated into the electric drivetrain.

It also features electrically-operated front seats, an electric boot-lid, and dual-zone climate control aircon. Safety features include lane-keep assist, automatic emergency braking, and a reversing camera, complementing front and rear parking sensors. On the other hand, the E7 trim adds leather seats (heated for front and rear), keyless entry, and exterior styling enhancements.

Under the hood, the SsangYong Torres EVX packs a 73.4kWh battery coupled with a 204PS electric motor positioned at the front. The vehicle claims a WLTP range of 310 miles, although South Korean government tests suggest a slightly lower figure of around 260 miles on a full battery charge.

With its competitive pricing, impressive range, and stylish design, the SsangYong Torres EVX aims to make a mark in the electric SUV market and further elevate the brand's appeal in the UK.

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