The 2019 Geneva International Motor Show may have been the launch pad of many hypercars and electrified concepts, but that did not stop Ssangyong from revealing their all-new crossover for all to see.
Weeks after revealing the first photos of their next-generation crossover, Ssangyong has officially pulled the covers off the 2019 Korando at this year's Geneva International Motor Show. Sharper, bolder and packed with more high tech features than ever, the new Korando departs from the previous generation's bland bubble shape.
“This new Korando is further proof of the quantum change in direction that SsangYong has embarked on, and exemplifies this through contemporary design, state-of-the-art technology, the latest in safety, and new power options which will soon include electrification,” said Johng-sik Choi, CEO of Ssangyong Motor Company.
Taking design cues from the both the Tivoli and Rexton, the Korando adopts a sleeker, more angular shape. Trapezoidal headlights, along with new front grill and bumper give the Korando a sportier and more contemporary look. Meawnhile, a distinct set of taillights, alloy wheels, and new rear bumper add a bit of extra flair in the Korando.
As for its size, the new Korando measures 4452mm long, 1870mm wide, and 1620mm tall. It also has a generous 2675mm wheelbase and a luggage capacity of 551 liters (rear seats deployed) and 1,248 liters (rear seats folded down).
Like the exterior, the interior of the Korando has received an angular makeover as well. A new center stack makes its way inside the crossover and is accompanied by a large 9-inch touchscreen infotainment. The traditional gauges on the instrument panel has been replaced by a 10.25-inch digital display. As far as in-car tech is concerned, the new Korando comes with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, as well as Tom Tom satellite navigation as standard equipment. There's even the adjustable LED ambient lighting improves cabin ambiance.
Under the hood, the 2019 Koranda is available with two engine options. First up is a 1.5-liter turbocharged gasoline inline-four. It delivers 163 PS at 5500 rpm and 280 Nm of torque at 1500 – 4500 rpm. Next is the 1.6-liter four-cylinder turbo-diesel that is rated at 136 PS at 4000 rpm with 324 Nm of torque at 1500 – 4500 rpm. Available transmissions for the all-new Korando include a six-speed manual and a six-speed automatic. Front-wheel drive models will also come with auto start/stop technology as standard.
In the future however, an all-electric version will be introduced which will serve as the model's zero emissions offering.
A bevy of active safety systems keep the Korando safe from harm. These include advanced emergency braking, lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control, auto high beam assist, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.