The fourth generation SsangYong Korando takes design influence from SIV-2 concept; gets new 1.6-litre diesel engine
The Korando nameplate has been around in the international markets since 1983 and the five-door version is in the business only since 2010. While several hardcore fans wanted the new Korando to have the authentic Jeep design of the first generation model, it was clear from the teasers released a few weeks ago that their prayers would not be answered the way they wanted it to be.
Instead, SsangYong has given us a more matured styling from the third generation outgoing model. The sales figures of the Korando are significant for SsangYong’s global aspirations and it will adopt alternative powertrains and zero-emission BEV (Battery Electric Vehicle) technology in the near future.
The 2020 SsangYong Korando is positioned above the Tivoli and is based on the flexible X100 platform as the parental brand Mahindra’s XUV300. It will likely influence the next generation Mahindra XUV500 codenamed W601 due for debut in late 2020 and in turn spawn a Ford C-SUV in six- and seven-seat options.
The fourth generation SsangYong Korando has been revealed through official pictures and the exterior gets modified front grille, sleeker headlamps with integrated LED Daytime Running Lights, larger central air inlets with horizontal louvers, newly designed fog lamp section, floating roofline, etc.
Several design cues are taken from the SIV-2 concept that debuted in 2016 as the new set of wheels, rear LED tail lights and slightly revised bumper are other visual enhancements in the 2020 Korando. The interior comes with dual-tone theme and there is a prominent digital instrument cluster behind the multi-functional steering wheel.
The South Korean SUV specialist has used metallic trims across the dashboard and the seats are leather upholstered in brown colour. Due to the updated architecture, the new Korando has increased proportions and offers more boot volume of 521 litres. As has been the case, SsangYong has added a long list of driver assistive and safety features.
It includes automated emergency braking, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, automatic headlamps, seven airbags, powered seat, and much more. It is powered by a new 1.6-litre more powerful diesel engine replacing the 2.2-litre unit and is mated to either a six-speed manual or an automatic transmission.
In international markets, it could also get a 1.5-litre petrol powertrain. The Euro-spec 2020 Korando is expected to debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month.