2014 SSANGYONG KORANDO
For the new model year, SsangYong’s revised Korando adds new headlights and a refreshed front bumper, along with updated tail-lights.
Overseas models also gained a large new touchscreen display with last year’s update, but Australian models are again limited to an older-style monochrome display wrapped in a gloss-black panel.
As the first Australian update since last January, the 2014 Korando range is also markedly more expensive than the outgoing range.
The two-model range opens with the $27,990 Korando S petrol 4x2 and tops out with the $32,990 SX diesel AWD.
While both prices are drive-away figures, they nonetheless represent a $4000 increase over the drive-away prices of the previous models.
Rivals in the small SUV segment include the top-selling Hyundai ix35, which opens at $26,990 before on-road costs.
The pre-update 2013 Korando will continue to be sold until stocks run out however, with the S petrol 4x2 manual priced at $23,990 drive-away, through to a $30,990 drive-away price for the 2013 SX diesel AWD auto.
In between are the S petrol 4x2 auto at $25,990 drive-away and the SX diesel AWD manual at $28,990.
2014 Korando: Features
Features in both 2014 models include leather trim and heated front seats, while the S petrol now joins the SX diesel in wearing 17-inch wheels - up from the 2013 petrol model’s 16-inch rims.
In the SX diesel, there’s also heated rear seats, climate control, and automatic wipers and headlights.
The 2014 range also sees the deletion of manual options, with both grades now available with a six-speed auto only.
The petrol model is driven by a 110kW/197Nm four-cylinder engine, with fuel use listed at 7.9 l/100km. This marks a 1kW drop and 6Nm increase, and a 0.1 l/100km improvement.
The diesel engine is unchanged, producing 129kW and 360Nm. Fuel use is listed at 7.5 l/100km.
The Korando is backed by a five-year / 100,000km warranty, along with five years roadside assistance.