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Geneva Motor Show 2019: SsangYong Korando takes on Nissan Qashqai

Published 05 March 2019

SsangYong has revealed its new Korando crossover ahead of orders opening in mid-2019.

Traditionally seen as a budget rival to the Nissan Qashqai and Kia Sportage, the new Korando is expected to be more expensive than its predecessor - and could even be priced closely to the £19,995 Qashqai.

It features a similar design to the smaller Tivoli and will be available from launch with the choice of a new 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine or an updated 1.6-litre diesel.

An electric version is set to follow in 2020. Although the Korean manufacturer is yet to confirm any details about its powertrain, including how far it’ll be able to travel from a charge, it was previewed by the e-SIV concept which had a range of 280 miles.

If the production model combines a useable electric range with an affordable price tag, it could be a huge deal for the brand, which currently remains quite a niche player in the UK.

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The new Korando is longer, wider and lower than its predecessor. With the rear seats left up, it has a generous boot space of 551 litres - bigger than most its mainstream rivals.

There’s a good amount of head- and legroom for front and rear passengers, while some of the technology on offer mimics that of much more expensive competitors. This includes a 10.25-inch digital display behind the steering wheel in place of conventional dials, along with a nine-inch infotainment screen with navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Safety kit includes an advanced emergency braking system along with adaptive cruise control and high beam assistance.

The 1.5-litre GDI petrol engine produces 163PS and 280Nm of torque. Fuel consumption figures are yet to be confirmed, but SsangYong says it’s targeting a CO2 figure of 146g/km.

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The diesel, meanwhile, has a power output of 136PS and 324Nm of torque, with a CO2 rating of 115g/km.

Both engines will initially be sold with front-wheel drive and a choice of a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic gearboxes. UK specifications are yet to be confirmed, but four-wheel-drive with a ‘lock’ mode will be offered as an optional extra.

The new SsangYong Korando has been revealed at the Geneva Motor Show. UK sales are expected from summer 2019.

 

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