SsangYong Korando gets aggressive

BY CHARL BOSCH - NOVEMBER 2, 2015

One of the original Korean automakers to set up shop in South Africa 20 years ago, SsangYong has given its now four year old Korando compact SUV a mid-life facelift with the addition of a new front clip, and streamlining of the range.

Aesthetically, the newcomer dons the same aggressive frontal appearance first seen on the refreshed Actyon Sport with a reshaped black mesh grille, new headlights incorporating daytime running LED’s, revised front bumper and lower airdam, partially coloured mirrors with integrated indictors, new taillight clusters and 17-inch alloy wheels.

Inside, the interior remains unchanged with standard spec comprising of one-touch electric windows all around, six-speaker sound system with USB, Aux input and Bluetooth audio streaming, cruise control, dual front airbags, and ABS with EBD.

Model-wise, SsangYong has dropped the pre-facelift Korando’s 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine and four-wheel drive drivetrain in favour of the existing 2.0-litre petrol that continues to churn out 110 kW and 197 N.m of torque. The six-speed manual gearbox has also been retained with drive now only going to the front wheels.

A five year / 150 000 km warranty and five year / 100 000 km service plan is included in the R324 995 asking price.