Ssangyong Korando 2014







Published by Gerald Ferreira Date: February 4, 2014
Categories: Ssangyong, Ssangyong Korando

SSANGYONG GIVES ITS GIUGIARO DESIGNED KORANDO A  FRESH NEW LOOK FOR 2014

  • Prices from just £14,995
  • Contemporary new front styling
  • Completely redesigned interior
  • Greatly improved NVH
  • 5 year limitless mileage warranty

Ssanyong_Korando-Crossover

SsangYong  is giving its Italian designed Korando crossover a fresh new look for 2014.

Already noted for its great value, high level of  equipment, space and 2 tonne towing capability - the Korando SE recently won The Caravan Club Towcar of the Year Award 2014 for vehicles under  £16,000 -  the car now gets a makeover inside and out, and enhanced driving refinement.

Externally,  the front receives an all-new treatment - a slimmed down, black mesh radiator  grille, more contemporary headlights and a wider, low level air intake are the  principal enhancements.  The new  headlight units now comprise projection lamps and LED daytime running lights  for increased visibility and safety, surrounded by a stylish black and  aluminium bezel.  Further illumination is  provided on the ELX4 model with neat round fog lamps set discreetly within the  lower bumper.

At the  rear, the design changes are focused on enhanced style with detail improvements  such as the rear light cluster, which now includes LED lights for improved  visibility.

There are  new designs for both the 16-inch and 17-inch wheels, and three new exterior  colours - Sunrise red, Cosmic blue and Carbonic grey as well as Space black,  Grand white and Silent silver.

The  interior of the car has also been given a significant re-design, and now  combines an attractive and comfortable ambiance for the driver and passengers  alike.  There is a completely redesigned  dashboard featuring soft-touch materials for a greater sense of luxury,  complemented by natural matt wood grain insets, and abundant storage space that  includes enlarged cup holders, a mobile phone tray and flip-down sunglasses  tray.

The new  Korando is powered by a modern yet well-proven 2.0-litre Euro 5 engine.  The top of the range ELX4 automatic is  matched with the powerful, smooth and efficient 175ps e-XDi200 diesel engine  with a maximum power output of 175ps/4000rpm and peak torque of  360Nm/2,000-3,000rpm.  Models featuring  manual transmission get the 149ps e-XDi200 engine which delivers the same maximum power and peak torque as the automatic, and is  perfect for lively driving as well as for going off-road and towing.

Korando  offers two transmissions: a 6-speed manual with high fuel efficiency and smooth  gear shifting, and a 6-speed automatic with optimum gear ratios for smooth,  comfortable driving.

Great  advances in reducing NVH (noise, vibration & harshness) have been made to  this new car, with particular attention focused on its engine mountings.  Stronger, reinforced mounting brackets are  used which effectively reduce engine noise levels by up to 9.3%.  Korando is fitted with Macpherson struts to  the front and multi-link suspension to the rear to provide excellent ride  comfort, and the three point mountings to the rear axle effectively minimise  noise and vibration.  New rubber bushes  have been fitted to the car’s reinforced sub frames, further helping to  minimise intrusive vibration and noise from the road surface and engine.

Three of  the four new models come with four wheel drive, and unlike its competitors a  very high percentage of customers choose their Korando with 4x4, an intelligent  and advanced all-wheel drive (AWD) system based on SsangYong’s highly regarded four  wheel drive technology and years of experience.   The torque-on-demand system senses the road surface and driving  conditions and distributes the power to the wheels that need it most.

Under  normal driving conditions, 100 per cent of the engine’s torque is delivered to  the front wheels so that the car runs with optimised fuel efficiency.  On icy or slippery roads or when driving on  wet off-road conditions, power is distributed to both the front and rear wheels  to ensure a safe, stable and dependable drive.   The technology also works perfectly to give a smooth and safe departure  when driving away from a standstill on a steep slope, while a lock mode  distributes power equally between the front and rear wheels at speeds below  25mph to optimise traction.

With a ground clearance  of 180mm, an approach angle of 22.8 degrees, 28.2 degree departure angle and a  ramp angle of 18.5 degrees, the new Korando is as at home off-road as it is on  the road, and a highly capable off-roader.

In  conjunction with the standard Electronic Stability Program (ESP) with emergency  brake assist and four-channel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), the four-wheel  drive system provides the best possible grip and control whatever the  conditions.  Hill Start Assist (HSA) and Active  Roll-over Protection (ARP) also feature.

The new  Korando offers the practicality and convenience of an SUV and the creature  comforts of a saloon car.  Its generous  proportions and wide interior space make this the perfect vehicle for both  everyday use and leisure activities.  In  the rear, there’s sufficient shoulder room for three adults to travel in  complete comfort.  The seat back - which  splits 60:40 - can be reclined up to 17.5 degrees, while the flat floor and  generous legroom make it ideal for long journeys.  Lift the tailgate and you’ll find one of the  largest load areas in this SUV sector (486 litres with the seats up and 1,312  litres when folded).  The rear seats fold  completely flat, while there’s also an under-floor tray for storing valuables  out of sight.

The new  look Korando is a genuine SUV offering great driving performance both on and  off-road together with a 2-tonne towing capability.  There are four models in the range with a  comprehensive level of equipment and at prices many of its competitors fail to  match. 

Korando range

Korando 2.0 SE 2WD 2.0 SE4 4WD 2.0 ELX4 4WD 2.0 ELX4 4WD (auto)
Transmission    4x2      manual 4x4           manual 4x4           manual     4x4       automatic
Net retail    price £12,333 £13,554 £16,471 £17,471
VAT @ 20% £2,467 £2,711 £3,294 £3,494
Retail price £14,800 £16,265 £19,765 £20,965
First    registration fee £55 £55 £55 £55
Road fund    licence - year one £140 £175 £175 £475
On the road    price £14,995 £16,495 £19,995 £21,495

5 year limitless mileage warranty

As with all models in the  SsangYong range, the Korando is covered by a best-in-class 5 year limitless  mileage warranty.       Designed to be totally  transparent and give customers complete peace of mind, ‘limitless’ means just  that: not a maximum mileage condition that some brands impose in their small  print.  All the major mechanical  components are covered including wheel bearings, suspension joints and bushes,  steering joints, shock absorbers and even the audio system.  Wearable components such as clutch discs and  brake friction materials which could have their life reduced by poor driving  are covered for one year or 12,000 miles, and the battery and paintwork for  three years.

SsangYong

SsangYong cars are manufactured in South Korea by  SsangYong Motor, which is 73 per cent owned by the Indian engineering  conglomerate Mahindra & Mahindra, and imported into the UK by SsangYong  Motor UK.  Established in 1954 it is  Korea's oldest vehicle manufacturer and only 4x4 and SUV specialist producer.

There are currently some 60 SsangYong dealers covering  England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, with new locations being added  to the network all the time.

Range

  • Korando - crossover line-up with 2 or 4-wheel drive from £14,995
  • Korando Sports pick-up - a rugged 4x4 double  cab pick-up with the finesse of a passenger car from £15,042 (ex VAT)
  • Turismo - spacious seven-seat MPV available with rear or  all-wheel drive from £17,995
  • Rexton W - seven-seat off-roader with selectable 4x4 from £21,995