The all-new SsangYong Korando has finally reached UK shores following its world debut in Korea in February and its European premiere at the Geneva Motor Show in March.
The C-segment SUV offers a total of seven variants in the UK, based on two engines, two gearboxes, and four trim levels (ELX, Ventura, Pioneer, and Ultimate).
The base SsangYong Korando ELX starts at £19,995 (approximately $24,160) and comes equipped with 17-inch alloys with all-weather tires, cruise control, DAB/RDS/Bluetooth radio, automatic lights and wipers, woven cloth upholstery, six airbags, and more. The ELX is available in 2WD only with the 163 PS (161 hp) 1.5 GDI turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine and six-speed manual transmission.
The Korando Ventura offers the same engine and transmission but adds amenities such as faux leather with fabric seat upholstery, heated front seats, 18-inch diamond cut alloy wheels with standard tires, front and rear parking sensors, electronic parking brake, 10.25-inch full LCD cluster, 8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, and more. The Ventura trim level starts at £22,995 ($27,760).
Customers who want a 4WD Korando have to step up to the Pioneer trim level, which comes equipped with a 136 PS (134 hp) 1.6-liter diesel engine working alongside a six-speed automatic transmission. The 4WD system is optional and adds £2,000 to the trim level’s £26,495 ($32,000) starting price. Besides the powertrain, different features compared to the Korando Pioneer include the 17-inch alloys with all-weather tires, heated steering wheel, full-sized spare wheel, 3.5-inch LCD cluster, and rear view camera, among other things.
Finally, the range-topping Korando Ultimate is available in three variants: a petrol 2WD model with either manual or automatic transmissions and a diesel 4WD model. Regardless of the powertrain, the Korando Ultimate brings goodies such as soft leather seats with driver’s lumbar support, dual-zone air conditioning, 9-inch touchscreen-based infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, smart keyless start, 10.25-inch fully-digital cluster, and mood lighting.
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On the outside, the Korando Ultimate can be recognized thanks to the 19-inch alloys, rear privacy glass, LED multi-focus headlights, and power tailgate. Prices for the Korando Ultimate range from £26,495 ($32,000) for the 2WD petrol version with a manual gearbox to £31,995 ($38,650) for the 4WD diesel with an automatic transmission.
UK deliveries of the all-new SsangYong Korando start in December 2019.