New 2022 SsangYong Korando e-Motion electric SUV: prices, specs and details

SsangYong’s first electric car goes on sale in the UK in early 2022, with prices starting from £30,495; another three zero-emissions models are planned by 2025

SsangYong Korando e-Motion

This is the SsangYong Korando e-Motion: the electric version of the Korean brand’s compact SUV, is set to arrive in the UK later this year, after first being teased back in July 2020. It has a range of 211 miles and rivals the likes of the Hyundai Kona Electric, Kia e-Niro, MG ZS EV and Vauxhall Mokka-e.

It’s available in three trim levels: ELX, Ventura and Ultimate, with the entry-level version starting from £30,495 after the recently reduced plug-in car grant (PiCG) has been deducted. Standard equipment includes 17-inch alloy wheels, an eight-inch central touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 12.3-inch digital driver’s display and reversing camera, as well as safety systems like autonomous emergency braking, lane-keeping assistance and speed-limit warnings. 

Upgrading to mid-range Ventura trim (£34,955) adds LED headlights, faux-leather upholstery, heated front seats, a nine-inch infotainment touchscreen and a charging cable. Finally, the range-topping Ultimate (£37,995) features a powered tailgate, front and rear parking sensors, a heat pump and wireless smartphone charging, as well as power-adjustable and ventilated front seats, plus heated rear seats. Neither Venture nor Ultimate trim is eligible for the government grant.

All versions of the Korando e-Motion get the same 61.5kWh battery and 211-mile range, which is far less than the almost 300 miles the 64kWh Kia e-Niro and Hyundai Kona Electric can achieve. The recently introduced MG ZS EV Long Range, meanwhile, boasts a 273-mile range from its larger 72.6kWh battery.

The Korando e-Motion uses a single electric motor that produces 188bhp and 360Nm of torque, which makes it the most powerful Korando in the line-up. Top speed stands at 97mph, while 0-62mph takes nine seconds in the front-wheel drive electric SUV.

As opposed to a single 'B' mode for the regenerative braking, the e-Motion has three levels you can switch between using steering-wheel-mounted paddles. It also gets a seven-year warranty, a 551-litre boot and can recharge at up to 100kW. That means from a fast enough rapid-charging point, topping up from 20-80% will take around half an hour. Fully recharging the battery from a home wallbox will take around 11 hours.

SsangYong J100 concept art

In January 2022, SsangYong announced its plans to offer three new electric models by 2025. The Korean carmaker previously confirmed development of a second electric model – a medium-sized SUV codenamed the J100. So far, SsangYong has only released concept drawings of the J100 (above), which indicate it'll feature more rugged, off-road-focused styling than the Korando.

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