New 2019 SsangYong Korando SUV spied for the first time

The next-generation SsangYong Korando SUV has been caught undergoing on-road assesment by our spy photographers, serving up a first proper glimpse of the Korean firm"s next Nissan Qashqai fighter. 

The car"s bodywork is still heavily hidden and masked off but it"s clear from the overall shape that this is the next Korando, especially when compared with the e-SIV concept car revealed at the Geneva Motor Show back in March - a concept directly previewing SsangYong"s next move in this segment, while annoucing the brand"s intention to electrify its vehicles. As such, the next Korando will be available with a fully electric powertrain from 2020.

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Alongside this, the new Korando will debut a new 1.6-litre diesel engine as well as a new 1.5 petrol. SsangYong UK is pushing for the 1.5 to feature a small electric motor to make it a mild hybrid and also for a new 1.2-litre three-cylinder mild hybrid to be made available. The Korando is expected to be priced between £19,000 and £27,000 while the electric version should sit at the £25,000 mark. 

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The new Korando and Korando EV will be the first in a wave of new and refreshed products from the Korean brand. The Tivoli crossover will receive a heavy facelift in 2020 while the recently launched Rexton will be updated in 2022. 

SsangYong is also considering a new SUV to sit between the new Korando small-SUV and Rexton mid-size SUV to capture more market share. New SsangYong managing director Nick Laird told Auto Express earlier this year: “As Land Rover is becoming ever-more premium, we see a part of the market we can really capture – a market that is specialist that demands products that offer great design while still offering excellent value for money.

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New SsangYong e-SIV concept sets tone for new Korando

The SsangYong e-SIV concept car, revealed in March at the Geneva Motor Show, previews not only the design of the next SsangYong Korando small SUV due next year, but also the direction of the pure-electric version due in 2020.

The concept uses a 140kW electric motor powered by a 61.5kWh battery that is good enough for a range of 200 to 280 miles. The battery pack can be 80 per cent charged in 50 minutes while the e-SIV has a top speed of 93mph.

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The Geneva show car’s design will naturally be paired down for the production Korando and pure electric version, but the coupe-like roofline and car’s general looks will remain, as will the dimensions – it’s fractionally longer and wider than the current Korando.

Inside the e-SIV previews the Korean brand’s new interest in autonomous driving and greater connectivity that’s destined to appear in the new Korando. The concept features stage 2 self-driving technology which recognises the lane the car is travelling in, and can maintain a safe distance between it and other vehicles on the road. SsangYong says the car can be further equipped with an extra sensor to increase the automatic lane and active driving function to achieve self-driving stage 3.

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SsangYong e-SIV front quarter

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Meanwhile the EV version will feature connected car technology allowing owners to charge and monitor the car’s battery via a smartphone app. 

The e-SIV also shows off SsangYong’s new focus on making their cars more fun to drive. The new Korando and pure-electric version will be built on a new platform that’ll be tuned for better driving dynamics, along with more daring body design and efficient engines.

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