New 2022 SsangYong Korando e-Motion electric: details, specs and on-sale date

The Korean brand's first electric car will go on sale in the UK on 1 January 2022 and will be followed up by a medium-sized electric SUV

SsangYong Korando e-Motion

SsangYong has confirmed that its electric Korando e-Motion will go on sale in the UK on 1 January 2022. The brand shared the first official image of the car in June 2021, around the time it went into production, but its arrival in the UK was delayed by the global semiconductor shortage.

A further selection of teaser images subsequently released by the brand show that the e-Motion will share the basic design of the existing petrol and diesel-engined Korando, but with electric-specific design touches such as a blanked-off grille.

It was previously claimed that the Korando e-Motion would feature a 61.5kWh battery, making it capable of 261 miles according to the now-outdated NEDC test cycle. Therefore, we expect the Korando e-Motion should be capable of around 200 miles under the newer WLTP testing regime, which is far less than the almost 300 miles the 64kWh Kia e-Niro and Hyundai Kona Electric can achieve.

The Korando e-Motion is also expected to use a single electric motor generating 188bhp, which would make it the most powerful Korando in the line-up. Performance figures also haven't been released, although SsangYong is promising "best-in-class" acceleration and a top speed in the region of 95mph from the e-Motion.

SsangYong J100 concept art

SsangYong has also confirmed it's developing a second electric model – a medium-sized SUV codenamed the J100, which it plans to launch later in 2022. So far, SsangYong has only released concept drawings of the J100 (above), which indicate it will feature more rugged, off-road-focused styling than the Korando.