2012 SsangYong Korando Update


Korean car maker SsangYong releases an update for its Korando crossover model in the European market.

THe revised Korando comes with new powertrains, enhanced styling and improved quality, to challenge the market leaders in its class. How it’s going to do that is by offering these qualities at a much lower price than the competition. The new models is also a bit cleaner. The newly added 2.0 litre 149ps eco diesel engine brings CO2 emissions down to 147g/km (2WD, manual) and 157g/km (AWD, manual), and is expected to go on sale in Europe from mid-year. The new 2.0 litre petrol engine produces CO2 emissions of 175g/km (2WD, manual) and 192g/km (AWD, manual).

Among the Eco SUVs, the Korando is undoubtedly one of the best options. It also looks decent,compared to say Dacia Duster.

2012 SsangYong Korando Update 2012 SsangYong Korando Update

Enhancing Korando’s strong yet svelte design, the chrome-coated mesh radiator grille and contemporary looking hybrid wiper blades add a stylish finish.

Inside, the trim has been upgraded to a carbon grain pattern in line with the car’s active look, and a high gloss finish has been applied to the switchgear to bring a more luxurious feel to the interior, while other specification enhancements include an improved LED illuminated instrument cluster.

SsangYong’s engineering team has applied new features to improve Korando’s NVH (Noise, Vibration and Harshness) qualities. Revised gearing along with a new engine casing helps reduce diesel engine noise, while an enhanced transmission control system improves the overall driving experience.

Like every all terrain SsangYong, Korando is designed to pull through where its competitors would be left stranded. Compact front and rear sub frames are built to tackle rough roads and steep inclines without body damage. In addition, the active all wheel drive (AWD) system and multi-function ESP provide reliable traction even on snowy, slippery road conditions.

Korando’s excellent rigidity and quality have already been recognised during its victory in the ScanCovery Trial 2012. Driving 7,000kms from the Arctic Circle to The Netherlands in January, the winning Korando beat some 60 SUV competitors after driving through the most arduous weather with temperatures as low as -40°C.

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