The Korean car sports a distinctive new grille and headlight treatment, adopting the new “Ssangyong look” first seen on the Tivoli and Tivoli XLV, and on the new Rexton announced recently.
This facelift also includes redesigned foglights, lower valance and bonnet. It also features daytime running lights using 11 high-luminescent LED lamps with separate lenses to improve visibility, and on the inside, a new ergonomically designed steering wheel.
There are four models in the range: two-wheel-drive SE, SE 4×4, ELX 4×4 and and ELX with automatic transmission. The new car goes on sale with immediate effect.
With its two-tonne towing capacity, the Korando has always been popular in Europe with those needing to tow a caravan, horsebox or boat trailer. With plenty of interior space, considerable legroom for all passengers, an almost completely flat floor and generous boot space of up to 1312 litres, there’s room for bulky leisure equipment or a couple of large dogs.
All models come with electrically operated and heated door mirrors with puddle lamps, RDS radio and iPod & Bluetooth connectivity, air-conditioning, tinted glass and roof rails. The ELX adds a raft of additional equipment including front & rear parking sensors, a rear-view camera, 7-inch touchscreen, RDS radio and TomTom sat-nav, distinctive new 18-inch diamond-cut wheels and leather seats.
The 2017 Korando is powered by a Euro 6 compliant 2.2-litre turbo-diesel 4-cylinder. Maximum power is 178bhp and torque is 400Nm, with maximum torque delivered from a low of 1400rpm and maintained through a wide range up to 2800rpm for smooth, progressive driving from the start. The engine can be matched with either a 6-speed manual or optional 6-speed Aisin automatic transmission for smooth, dynamic gearchanging, comfortable driving and lively acceleration, and comes with either front-wheel-drive or an intelligent on-demand all-wheel-drive system.