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5th-Jan-2012 : Mahindra displayed the second SsangYong SUV, Korando E at the Auto Expo, 2012. Electric car for the future Korando E is a concept model of a pure electric car based on the current Korando C. Electric sense has been added to the sides of Korando C design, making this concept car more efficient and balanced.
Ssangyong Motor Company is the fourth largest South Korea based automobile manufacturer. The name SsangYong means double dragons. It collaborates with India's largest SUV maker Manhindra and Mahindra and it had first introduced the Ssangyong Rexton model in the country in 2012. The company has now announced the launch of one more sports utility vehicle in the car market, which will christened as Korando. It is expected to be come with the same diesel engine, which is available in the European market. Apart from the engine, this yet to be launched vehicle is expected to be incorporated with the same features, which are available in other global markets. Its exterior looks quite attractive with a lot of striking features that gives the vehicle a captivating look on the roads. The front fascia of this SUV is designed with a signature radiator grille, which has a prominent company insignia in the center. This grille is flanked by a well lit headlight cluster that is incorporated with high intensity halogen lamps and side turn indicator. Apart from these, it also has a body colored bumper, a wide air dam, a couple of fog lamps, electrically adjustable outside rear view mirrors, a pair of roof rails and many other such aspects.
On the other hand, the company has designed the internal section with a dual tone color scheme and incorporated with a number of features. Its dashboard is quite smooth and equipped with a few features like chrome accentuated AC vents, a large glove box with cooling effect and an advanced instrument panel, which has a lot of warning and notifications. It also has a leather wrapped steering wheel, which comes with a company insignia in the center. The seats are ergonomically designed and are well cushioned. These are integrated with adjustable head restraints. The driver seat comes with electrically adjustable function with proper lumbar support that adds to the advantage. The company has given it an efficient air conditioning unit, which also has dust and pollen filter. The presence of rear AC vents keeps the entire cabin cool. It also has an advanced music system that is equipped with various input options and six speakers, which creates a pleasant ambiance inside the cabin. Apart from these, it is bestowed with various safety aspects, which gives the occupants a stress free driving experience. The list includes dual front airbags along with passenger airbag deactivation function, side and curtain airbags, seat belts with pretensioner and load limiters, ISOFIX fittings to outer rear seat, alarm with immobilizer and many other such aspects.
Under the bonnet, this vehicle is expected to be fitted with a 2.0-litre diesel power plant, which comes with a displacement capacity of 1998cc. It is paired with both manual and automatic transmission gear box, depending on the variants. However, on of the most important feature of this vehicle is the availability of both two and four wheel drive options for the buyers to select from. The diesel engine with manual gear box has the capacity of churn out a maximum power of 147bhp in combination with a peak torque output of 360Nm. While its automatic version can generate slightly higher power output, which is about 172.6bhp that will be quite good for Indian road and traffic conditions. Its braking and suspension mechanism are quite proficient, which keeps it well balanced and stable at all times. The braking mechanism is further augmented by anti lock braking system along with electronic brake force distribution. It is also equipped with hill start assist, electronic stability program with active rollover protection and so on.
This yet to be launched vehicle is expected to come with a rugged body structure and aggressive look. This Mahindra Ssangyong Korando model series is quite intimidating owing to its masculine body structure. To start with the front facade, it is designed with a bold radiator grille, which is garnished in a lot of chrome. This grille is embedded with a prominent company logo in the center, which highlights the frontage. This grille is flanked by neatly crafted designed headlight cluster that houses high intensity headlamps along with LED daytime running lights. Just below this, it has a dual tone bumper and it is accompanied by a black protective cladding along with an under guard for preventing the vehicle from minor damages. It is fitted with a wide air intake for cooling the engine quickly. This air dam is surrounded by a pair of elegantly designed fog lamps that adds to the visibility of driver, especially in bad weather conditions. It also has a slanting forward bonnet with a pair of expressive lines that gives it a distinct appearance. Its large windscreen is made of toughened laminated glass, which is integrated with a set of intermittent wipers. Coming to its rear end, it has a distinctive design with tail light cluster, which is powered by LED based brake lights, turn indicators and courtesy lamps. The rear windscreen has an unusual design, which is accompanied by a defogger along with wiper. It also has a roof spoiler, which is incorporated with LED third brake light, which provides additional protection. The company has embedded variant badging, thick chrome strip and a license plate console on the large tail gate. The body colored bumper is quite sleek, which it is fitted with a black cladding for preventing it from damages and it also has a pair of chrome plated exhaust pipes. The bumper houses a pair of reflectors along with an additional brake light. Its side profile inherits the iconic classy design with precisely molded wheel arches and window lining. Its A and B pillars have been garnished in high gloss black, whereas window sill in chrome finish. The door handles along with ORVM (outside rear view mirrors) and fenders have been treated in body color, whereas the lower cladding gets a black finish. The wheel arches are expected to be fitted with a classy set of stylish 16 and 17-inch alloy wheels, depending on the variants. These rims are further covered with high performance tubeless radial tyres, which will offers a superior grip on any road conditions.
It is expected to be designed with an overall length of 4410mm along with a total width of 1830mm, which includes both external rear view mirrors. The overall height of this vehicle is about 1675mm. Its minimum ground clearance is quite decent, which is quite good for dealing with any terrains. Its large wheelbase measures about 2650mm, which ensures a spacious cabin inside. Its steering wheel supports a minimum turning radius of 5.4 meters.
The internal cabin of this upcoming Mahindra Ssangyong Korando model series is extremely spacious, which can accommodate at least five passengers with ease. The company has designed its seats ergonomically and comes with excellent support all the way from neck to thigh. All the seats are covered with premium leather upholstery, which further adds to the elegance of its interiors. The front individual seats have electrical adjustment facility along with memory setting that adds to the comfort level. In addition to this, its top end variant is bestowed with heating function for both the front and rear seats, which enhances the drive comfort. The second row seat has complex 35:30:35 facility, which helps in increasing the boot volume. The steering wheel comes with four way manual adjustment function and it is wrapped with premium leather upholstery. It is mounted with illuminated control switches and decorated with the company's emblem. The company has given it a driver oriented cockpit with commanding driving position and ergonomically positioned control switches, which are easy to reach. It has a large dashboard, which is equipped with attractive central and floor console with an AC unit, infotainment system and several control switches of this sports utility vehicle. It is equipped with an advanced instrument cluster with two round shaped meters and a multi-information display that provides proper information to the driver, while traveling. It features a few functions like digital tachometer, outside temperature display, fuel levels, trip-computer, digital clock and several notification lamps for keeping the driver updated. Apart from these, the internal cabin is also bestowed with several utility based features provided inside the cabin like two individual front center armrests, inside rear view mirror, storage compartment, drink holders, bottle chiller and a couple of accessory power socket for charging mobile and other electronic devices.
This yet to be launched SUV has been equipped with a proficient automatic air conditioning system featuring air quality control and heater. It also has rear AC vents, which keeps the ambiance pleasant by regulating the air temperature. It is blessed with surround camera system along with rear view camera, which helps in easier parking. It also has front and rear parking aid along with parallel and perpendicular park assist for additional safety. This vehicle is also furnished with electrically adjustable front seats with memory settings along with split folding rear seats that adds to the convenience. It has an advanced cruise control system, which maintains a steady speed as set by the driver. It also has lane departure warning, blind spot monitor with closing vehicle sensing and reverse traffic detection system. It is bestowed with an advanced sound system, which also has Bluetooth connectivity for pairing the mobile phones. This music system is also compatible with USB interface, Aux-in port, i-Pod connectivity and speakers for enhancing the ambiance of its cabin. It supports CD plyer, RDS radio with iPod connectivity, remote control and so on. Apart from these, there are several other features provided inside like auto dimming inside rear view mirror, premium carpet mats, push button engine start, dual front sun visors featuring vanity mirror and power steering with electrically adjustable steering column. In addition to these, its top end trim is blessed with features like electric sunroof, keyless entry function, front central console cooled chubby box, heating function for front and rear seats. The company has incorporated with rear view camera, which also has a five inch TFT display on driver information system and it is an added advantage.
The company has given it a spacious internal cabin, which provides enough leg space and head room for all occupants. It has a large boot compartment of 486 litres, which can be increased up to 1312 litres after folding the rear seat. For planning a longer journey, it has huge fuel tank that can store about 57 litres of diesel in it.
With the help of a six speed manual transmission gear box, this engine enables the vehicle to zoom towards a top speed in the range of 180 to 186 Kmph. At the same time, it takes about 10 seconds for crossing the speed barrier of 100 Kmph from a standstill. On the other hand, its six speed automatic transmission gear box allows the vehicle to deliver about 170 to 180 Kmph of top speed. While it can cross the speed mark of 100 Kmph in close to 8 seconds, which is rather incredible for the occupants sitting inside.
As per the speculation, this sports utility vehicle will come with a 2.0-litre diesel engine, under the bonnet, which has the displacement capacity of 1998cc. It is complaint with with Euro V emission norms and integrated with four cylinders along with sixteen valves using DOHC based valve configuration. Its manual version can churn out a peak power of 147bhp between 3400 to 4000rpm in combination with a peak torque output of 360Nm in the range of 2000 to 3000rpm. While automatic variants can produce a whopping power of 172.6bhp at 4000rpm along with the same torque output of 360Nm. This diesel motor is cleverly mated with both manual and automatic transmission gear box. It might come with two wheel and four wheel drive options for the buyers to select from.
This diesel engine is incorporated with a common rail based direct injection fuel supply system, which will allows the SUV to return a decent fuel economy. On the bigger roads, it has the ability to produce 19.6 Kmpl, while it can give out 13.3 Kmpl in the city traffic conditions.
The engine of its manual version can churn out a peak power of 147bhp between 3400 to 4000rpm in combination with a peak torque output of 360Nm in the range of 2000 to 3000rpm. At the same time, its automatic variants can produce a whopping power of 172.6bhp at 4000rpm along with the same torque output of 360Nm.
It is expected to be fitted with a highly proficient touchscreen infotainment system that has a CD player along with RDS radio. It supports several media formats including MP3, USB interface, Aux-in port and so on. Furthermore, it is also incorporated with a navigation system that helps to choose a right direction. In addition to these, this model series also gets a leather wrapped multi-functional steering wheel, which makes it quite convenient to the driver. It is mounted with audio and call control buttons along with cruise control. Buyers who looks to purchase this vehicle can customize its interiors with several styling features including premium leather upholstery with contrast top-stitching, wood inserts in doors and dashboard, floor carpets and illuminated scuff plates. While its exteriors can be personalized with aspects like stylish body decals, nudge guard with additional lights, bonnet scoops, diffusers and chrome plated tailpipe system.
The company will give this vehicle an efficient braking mechanism along with reliable braking mechanism, which keeps it stable at all times. Its front wheels are fitted with a set of ventilated disc brakes, while rear ones have been equipped with solid disc brakes. This braking mechanism is further assisted by anti lock braking system along with electronic brake force distribution. It is also equipped with an electronic stability program along with active rollover protection that adds to the advantage. On the other hand, its front axle is assembled with a McPherson strut, while rear axle is fitted with an independent type of mechanism. The cabin is incorporated with a rack and pinion based electric power assisted steering wheel, which is quite responsive. This tilt and telescopic adjustable steering wheel is speed sensitive and makes it easy to handle even in peak traffic conditions.
For a stress free driving experience, the manufacturer has incorporated a lot of safety aspects in this sports utility vehicle that ensures better security of its occupants as well as vehicle. It is incorporated with an advanced anti lock braking system along with electronic brake force distribution and emergency brake assist as well. It prevents from wheel locking in case of sudden brakes are applied, especially on slippery roads. It comes with a rigid body structure that has crumple zones as well as side impact protection beams, which helps in minimizing the impact in case of a collision takes place. There are child safety locks available on the rear doors for an enhanced security of children. The company is selling this model with a total of seven airbags that safeguards the passengers in the event of an accident. These include dual front and side airbags for the front passengers, curtain side airbags for all three rows and driver knee airbags as well. The advanced engine immobilizer safeguards the vehicle from theft and any unauthorized entry into it. It has an advanced instrument panel that displays notifications of driver seat belt, low fuel consumption and door ajar, which keeps the driver alert. It also has a day and night anti glare internal rear view mirror, while there are seat belts offered for all its occupants. The parking assist system with rear camera as well as sensors enables the driver to park it safely. Apart from these, it also has auto speed lock, rear defogger, downhill assist control, jam protection on all power windows, a high mounted stop lamp, hill start assist control, a centrally located fuel tank and a central locking system that gives maximum protection to the occupants. Another key aspect is the electronic stability program along with active rollover protection that is a big plus point.
The flared up wheel arches are fitted with an elegant set of 16 or 17 inch alloy wheels, depending on the variants. It enhances the look of its side profile. These rims are further covered with high performance tubeless radial tyres, which ensures a superior grip on any road conditions. It also has a full size spare wheel, which is equipped in the boot compartment with all other tools required for changing a flat tyre. It will be a standard feature across all the variants.
1. Spacious internal section with ergonomically designed seats.
2. Presence of ESP along with rollover protection is a big plus point.
3. Decent ground clearance makes it capable for off-roading.
4. Reliable engine performance with decent acceleration and pick up.
5. Classy external appearance is going to be a big advantage.
1. Navigation system can be given as standard feature.
2. There is still scope of improving it interior design.
3. Engine noise, vibration and harshness can be reduced.
4. Lack of sunroof is a minus point.
5. Both front seats can be given as electrical adjustment function.
The Korean car maker, Ssangyong Motors, has announced their highest ever revenue generation numbers of 2013, which is highest since the company's introduction in 2010. For past four years, the company has witnessed rising growth in India that helps improve financial structure and has drastically reduced operating loss. Despite the sluggish growth of automotive industry, the company has marked overall sales of 145,649 units, which is certainly commendable. The total sales comprise of 63,970 units for domestic sales, 81,679 units for exports (including CKD).
Mahindra and Mahindra (M&M) is working hard on a new addition to its product portfolio, and in doing so, the company has tied up with Ssangyong. The combined project is termed as S102, which will be the first ever vehicle to be launched based on Mahindra and Ssangyong joint platform.
With the compact SUVs getting popular, manufacturers have started to pay more attention to this segment. The South Korean car manufacturer Ssangyong is one of them; it is selling Korando SUV since 2011, which has been well received in many markets and its sales have grown steadily. Now, Ssangyong has given it a midlife facelift and refreshed its design and updated the interiors. Ssangyong hopes for even more success with the new 2014 Korando.