SsangYong unveils the new Korando C
The Korando went under the scalpel for a mid-life enhancement, and it seems to have worked!
It hasn't been a very long time since SsangYong introduced the new-generation Korando, the first offering of its renewed product line-up to the world. Just 3 years, in fact. But SsangYong has decided to give its Urban Leisure Vehicle (ULV, a fancier way of saying "pricey crossover") a complete makeover, and has ended up with the new Korando C.
As you can see, the C has had a thorough cosmetic job - it gets a completely new face, bigger, LED-encrusted projector headlamps, a smaller grille, and a beefier front bumper with a re-positioned air dam. Round the back, the tail-lamps receive C-shaped guide lights, and the words "Korando C" embossed on the tailgate. New 18-inch alloys round off the list of exterior changes, which, truth be told, lend a much more aggressive look to the previous meek-looking Korando.
The interior too sees some changes. The re-designed dashboard is soft-touch and houses a 7-inch touchscreen system that operates the satnav and the Harman audio system. The passenger seat gets an in-built airbag, the driver's seat features seat ventilation, and in even bigger news, for the first time in Korea, you can have an SUV with red leather interiors. Coupled with glossy wood paneling. We're not so sure about that combination...
The powertrain has been tweaked to improve efficiency in Eco mode by exactly 8.4 per cent. If you opt for the auto box, you can now choose between Eco and Sport mode, Eco saving fuel, Sport guzzling it. Also, NVH levels have been reduced by upto 10 per cent thanks to some changes made to the engine mounting system and rigidity of the sub-frame. You now get a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, a Smart key entry system, and a black box, skid plates and side steps as options. These changes have made SsangYong place a lot more faith in its latest offering, and thus, the warranty has been extended to 3 years/60,000kms.
Now, since SsangYong is a part of the Mahindra Group, it is a matter of 'when' rather than 'if' for the Korando's India entry. We expect Mahindra to showcase the refreshed car at the upcoming 2014 Auto Expo, and a market launch should follow closely. The Korando will come with a 2-litre diesel available in two states of tune, one producing 147bhp, and the other making 173bhp, both engines churning out the same 360Nm of torque. A six-speed manual gearbox should be available along with a six-speed auto, while AWD is likely to be absent. The Korando will open up a new segment altogether, with prices hovering around the Rs 17-20 lakh mark.
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