SsangYong Korando gets aggressive


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.