Electric SsangYong Korando E110: details, specs and on-sale date
The forthcoming electric SsangYong Korando will arrive early in 2021, the South Korean manufacturer has confirmed.
Provisionally known as the Korando E110, the electric variant will feature a 61.5kWh battery sourced from LG Chem. The company claims a range of 261 miles, although this figure was reached using the redundant, more generous NEDC test; real-world range should amount to around 200 miles under the newer WLTP procedure.
The electric Korando will be propelled by a single motor generating 188bhp, making it the most powerful model in the line-up. Performance figures haven’t been released yet, although SsangYong is promising "best-in-class" acceleration and a top speed in the region of 95mph.
With its launch still more than a year away, prices for the E110 haven’t been announced either. The car’s closest rivals – such as the Kia e-Niro and Hyundai Kona Electric – cost north of £35,000, before the government’s plug-in car discount of £3,500 has been applied.
The electric Korando was confirmed for production at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2019, as SsangYong geared up to launch an all-new version of the SUV. The fourth-generation Korando follows the SsangYong SIV-2 concept that was revealed in 2016, although that car featured a hybrid powertrain as opposed to a fully electric one.
SsangYong is currently developing an electric-car platform, which will form the basis of at least three bespoke electric SUVs in the 'C' and 'D' segments. This includes an electric version of the SsangYong Tivoli, which will follow the arrival of the electric Korando.
The ground-up approach is similar to that taken by Volkswagen Group, which has developed its MEB platform to underpin the likes of its Volkswagen ID.3, SEAT el-Born, Skoda Vision iV and countless others.
Building an electric car on a bespoke platform provides packaging benefits that can’t be delivered on platforms originally designed for petrol or diesel vehicles.
SsangYong is also harbouring plans for mild-hybrid versions of its cars. 48-volt technology is set to feature first on the diesel variant of the Korando in 2022, followed again by the Tivoli thereafter.
Electric SsangYong Korando design
The new Korando features a redesigned grille and headlights, designed to show off the car’s “robust character”.
Inside, SsangYong claims the interior provides better headroom and rear legroom than in the outgoing model. A nine-inch infotainment system is joined by 10.25-inch digital instruments, while the four-way-adjustable driver’s seat comes with lumbar support for added comfort.
SsangYong is also promising “state-of-the-art” connectivity in addition to a suite of driver assistance and safety systems.
The new Korando is longer, wider and lower than before, measuring 4,410mm long, 1,830mm wide and 1,675mm tall. At 2,650mm, SsangYong claims one of the longest wheelbases in the 'C-SUV' segment, again citing increased passenger comfort.