2011 SSANGYONG KORANDO
SsangYong has today announced Australian availability of the all-new 2011 Korando, following its international unveiling late last year.
In 2011, SsangYong sold just 101 vehicles in Australia. But priced from $27,990 drive-away for the Korando S, the new SUV could signal a rebirth for the Indian-owned Korean carmaker.
"The Korando also ticks all the boxes when it comes to economy, low emissions, and safety and will attract customers to the Ssangyong brand that may never have considered the marque before," SsangYong Australia General Manager Jeff Barber said.
"Competitive pricing, impressive levels of standard equipment, and Ssangyong's strong record for reliability and durability combine to make the Korando a car that will be the most significant new model Ssangyong has ever launched."
TMR's Tony O'Kane is at the launch today of the 2011 Korando range. Initial impressions are that for its price, the Korando could prove to be a good buy. Watch for TMR's detailed 'first drive' review.
Its styling, penned by the renowned Italdesign Giugiaro studio - famous for its work with Alfa Romeo, Ferrari and Bugatti - will undoubtedly give the Korando a headstart among the more style-minded buyers on a budget.
Based on the C200 Aero and Eco concepts revealed at the 2009 Seoul Motor Show, the Korando represents a radical departure from the awkwardly styled SsangYong offerings of the past.
Far from revolutionary in its design, the Korando nonetheless offers an appealing look, with the strong grille supported by a sports-focused bumper and headlights.
SsangYong says the Korando's interior has been designed with a focus on driver convenience, with steering-mounted controls and a centre stack that is within easy reach.
The centre console also features a storage bin in the top of the dash, along with twin cup holders and a secondary storage bay forward of the gear shifter.
The entry-level S and mid-range SX variants are trimmed with a woven cloth seat fabric, in black for the S and either black or tan for the SX. The range-topping SPR variant features a leather trim as standard, in black or beige.
Passengers in the rear benefit from a floor that is absent of a driveshaft tunnel, allowing for more leg room for all three rear passengers.
Storage space is rated at 486 litres in the cargo area with the 60/40 split-folding rear seats in their upright position, besting the likes of the Mazda CX-7 (400 litres) and the top-selling Subaru Forester (460).
The rear seats feature a unique 'fold and dive' design, allowing them to fold flat individually or together for added luggage capacity and a fully flat and smooth load area when required.
Under the floor of the cargo area is a storage tray for hiding valuable idems, and a pull-back luggage cover - optional on S and standard with SX and SPR - adds further security for the rear space.
Standard features across the Korando line-up include power windows, and a six-speaker audio system with USB connectivity and Bluetooth audio streaming.
Air conditioning is standard across the range, with the entry-level S featuring manual control while the SX and SPR variants offer single-zone climate control.
Reclining rear seats are standard for all variants, and the range-topping SPR also features a power-adjustable driver's seat with fore/aft, tilt and height controls.
The steering wheel is trimmed with leather on all models, offering tilt and reach adjustment and steering-mounted audio and cruise control.
All variants are equipped with a trip computer, offering details for distance travelled, distance to emptry, instant fuel usage, average fuel usage and two trip meters.
An electronically controlled interior rearview mirror is standard on all models, automatically dipping when the brightness of following vehicle headlights reach a set level, reducing driver distraction when traveling at night.
As an added feature, the Korando ECM (Electronically Controlled Mirror) can be turned off allowing the driver to have better rear vision when required. The system also automatically turns off when reverse is selected making it easier to reverse into brightly backlit areas.
The top-shelf Korando SPR features power-folding door mirrors, activated at the touch of a button for access to tight laneways, along with folding automatically when the vehicle is locked.
A power sunroof is also standard with the SPR, with both tilt and sliding model, and a safety rollback feature prevents the roof closing if an object is in the way.
The Korando S gets 16-inch alloy wheels as standard, while the SX offers 17-inch alloys and the SPR gets 18-inch alloys. The Korando also features a full-size spare wheel as standard.
Standard safety features include electronic stability control with anti-lock braking, electronic brakeforce distribution, traction control, brake assist and active rollover protection. Hill Start Assist is also standard.
The Korando offers six airbags as standard, including dual front airbags, side airbags and side curtain airbags.
Electronic active head restraints are standard equipment across the range, and three-point seatbelts are fitted throughout.
The Korando range is powered by an all-new Euro 5 compliant 2.0 litre turbocharged common-rail diesel engine, paired with two- and all-wheel-drive configurations.
Power for the new e-XDi200 engine is rated at 129kW at 4000rpm, and 360Nm of torque between 2000rpm and 3000rpm.
The Korando is available with a six-speed manual transmission from launch, with an Australian-built DSI six-speed e-Tronic automatic transmission available from March.
In 2WD form, fuel consumption is rated at 6.1 l/100km for the manual transmission, and 7.3 litres for the automatic. The AWD model returns figures of 6.4 l/100km for the manual and 7.5 for the auto models.
All-wheel-drive variants are equipped with a 4WD lock function that enables the driver to lock the system in marginal road conditions, setting a permanent 50/50 power distribution across the front and rear wheels.
Suspension is managed by MacPherson struts up front and independent suspension at the rear. SsangYong says it has also minimised road noise and vibration through the use of heavy rubber bushes at the front and rear.
The Korando's brake package includes disc brakes front and rear, along with a Brake Assist system and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution.
The Korando has a maximum tow capacity of 2000kg for trailers equipped with brakes and up to 750kg for trailers without brakes.
The manual-equipped Korando is available now, with all automatic variants set to launch in March.
- Korando S - manual - 2WD - $26,311
- Korando S - automatic - 2WD - $28,811
- Korando SX - manual - AWD - $30,311
- Korando SX - automatic - AWD - $32,811
- Korando SPR - automatic - AWD - $36,811
Note: all prices are Manufacturer's List Price and do not include dealer delivery or on-road costs.