Ssangyong picks up on Korando success
SsangYong is to launch a pick-up version of its Korando crossover in October.
The car was shown in production form as the SUT-1 concept at the Geneva Motor show in March.
Dubbed the Korando Sports, the newcomer is aimed at buyers who need a working vehicle with four-wheel drive and the towing capability to haul up to 2.3 tonnes, yet also the comforts of a family car.
“SsangYong has a growing reputation for building extremely competent off-road vehicles, and the new Korando Sports draws on this pedigree,” Williams adds.
“It’s an honest, reliable and highly capable vehicle yet extremely well equipped, and pound for pound will outclass many more expensive rivals.”
Power for the Korando Sports comes from the 2-litre 153bhp e-XDi active diesel engine. Torque of 266lbft delivered between 1,500rpm and 2,800rpm makes the most of the all-wheel-drive capability.
Prices for the Korando Sports will be announced closer to its October launch but there will be two models, the SX and the EX. The latter adds leather upholstery with seat warmers, powered driver’s seat, 18-inch alloy wheels, heated, electrically adjustable and power folding door mirrors, and rear parking sensors.
A six-speed automatic transmission with cruise control will be offered as an option.
Words by: Andrew Charman