Next generation SsangYong Korando will be based on the modified X100 platform; debuting at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show
Mahindra’s Korean subsidiary SsangYong is on a roll lately by consistently introducing hit products not just in Korea but also across the globe. The Rexton G4, which gave way for the rebadged Alturas G4, has been well received since its inception back in 2017 and SsangYong is expected to carry the momentum by launching a few more new generation premium SUVs.
SsangYong will utilise the stage at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show in March to reveal the next generation Korando and the first glimpses have appeared on the internet courtesy of the set of teaser images. The Korando is positioned above the Tivoli in SsangYong’s international range and it uses the flexible X100 architecture that also underpins the compact Tivoli, which in turn gave way for the soon-arriving Mahindra XUV300.
SsangYong will further modify the platform in the fourth generation Korando and thus we can expect it to be lighter and more rigid with improved handling characteristics and perhaps off-roading ability. The teasers do showcase the presence of design traits taken from the SIV-2 concept that debuted three years ago.
Due to the improvements made to the platform, the interior space could grow further for the five occupants. The Korando nameplate has been around in global arena since 1983 but the five-door version only saw the light in 2010.
The volume sales of Korando are certainly key for SsangYong ahead of the ambitious future aspirations and the new version is being readied to use alternative powertrains and electric drivetrain in the near future. Moreover, the interior will also adorn more upmarket equipment and finishes to appeal for a wide band of customers.
With the next generation Mahindra XUV500 reported to be introduced in late 2020, the Korando’s modified X100 platform will likely come in handy in its development as several components are expected to be shared between them. Moreover, Mahindra could use SsangYong’s expertise in bringing up its future electric SUVs as well.