Com­pact KO­RANDO driv­ing force

Ssangy­ong is pin­ning high hopes on its all-new Ko­rando, re­ports CHRIS RI­LEY.

The Weekend Post - Motoring - - Front Page -

RE­MEM­BER Ssangy­ong’s Ko­rando four­wheel drive, which was ar­guably one of the world’s ugli­est cars? Ssangy­ong has plans to launch an all-new Ko­rando later this year, as part of its fight­back from the brink of bank­ruptcy.

But, not un­ex­pect­edly, the new Ko­rando looks noth­ing like the old one.

Malaysia’s lead­ing in­dus­trial con­glom­er­ate Sime Darby, which has bought the Aus­tralian dis­tri­bu­tion rights for the Korean fran­chise, has re­vealed plans to re­build the brand Down Un­der.

Sime Darby also is the Aus­tralian dis­trib­u­tor for Peu­geot ve­hi­cles.

Along with the launch of the new Ko­rando C, the com­pany has made run­ning changes to the 7-seat Rex­ton off-road wagon and the Ac­tyon Sports dual cab ute – to im­prove styling and de­liver even bet­ter value.

Rex­ton has been given a slight restyle with cleaner lines thanks to changes to the side steps and rear spoiler as well as hav­ing new 18in wheels and Desert Dueler tyres.

Ac­tyon Sports dual cab ute re­ceives a new grille across the range to im­prove the frontal styling.

The Ac­tyon Sports Ute and the new Ko­rando C both use the Aus­tralian de­signed and built DSI six-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion which is pro­duced in Al­bury.

Look­ing fur­ther down the track both the Ac­tyon Sports Ute and Ky­ron are due ma­jor facelifts in the next two years, in­clud­ing ma­jor sheet metal changes.

The Ko­rando C is based on an all-new mono­coque plat­form, the first Ssangy­ong SUV model to use a mono­coque de­sign.

It also will fea­ture new diesel en­gine technology, a stylish new com­pact SUV look and a spa­cious and lux­u­ri­ous Euro­pean in­spired in­te­rior.

Ssangy­ong be­lieves the Ko­rando C will be the driv­ing force be­hind the com­pany’s re­vival and is set to be­come Ssangy­ong’s high­est vol­ume model in both the Korean do­mes­tic mar­ket as well as in­ter­na­tional ex­port mar­kets.

Ssangy­ong Mo­tors Aus­tralia boss Jeff Bar­ber said the new Ko­rando C is strate­gi­cally im­por­tant as Ssangy­ong charts its fu­ture di­rec­tion as a spe­cial­ist SUV and en­vi­ron­men­tally aware au­tomaker.

“Ko­rando C is a great look­ing com­pact SUV that will win plenty of hearts while sat­is­fy­ing the de­mand for fuel ef­fi­cient and clean diesel power,” Mr Bar­ber said.

Mov­ing to a mono­coque de­sign has al­lowed Ssangy­ong en­gi­neers to in­crease the struc­tural in­tegrity of the ve­hi­cle for im­proved crash safety and re­duced noise, vi­bra­tion and harsh­ness lev­els, mak­ing it among the best in the SUV cat­e­gory.

It will be pow­ered by a state of the art, en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly 2.0-litre com­mon rail turbo diesel en­gine that can meet Euro V emis­sion stan­dards. The new eXDi200 2.0-litre Ger­man de­signed diesel en­gine fea­tures an elec­tron­i­cally con­trolled two-stage tur­bocharger, high-ef­fi­ciency ex­haust gas re­cy­cling (EGR) in­ter­cooler and op­ti­mal air-in­take sys­tem to re­duce emis­sions and in­crease en­gine ef­fi­ciency.

The new en­gine delivers 30 per cent more power and 50 per cent more torque than the cur­rent SsangY­ong 2.0-litre turbo diesel, pro­duc­ing around 130kW of power and 450Nm of torque.

Ssangy­ong en­gi­neers have dra­mat­i­cally im­proved the smooth­ness of the en­gine by em­ploy­ing a one-piece plas­tic cylin­der head cover along with a mass bal­ance shaft and sim­pli­fied camshaft drive chain sys­tem. The com­pany is work­ing on both a hy­brid and a pure elec­tric ver­sion of the Ko­rando C and showed ex­am­ples of both tech­nolo­gies on its stand at the re­cent Pu­san mo­tor show in Korea.

It is cur­rently con­duct­ing ad­vanced R& D ac­tiv­i­ties to de­velop the Ko­rando C based EV in line with global trends to­wards low car­bon, green growth and to demon­strate Ssangy­ong’s com­mit­ment to low emis­sion ve­hi­cle technology.

The Pure EV Ko­rando C shown em­ploys a 100kW elec­tric mo­tor and a 30kWh, 300V high-volt­age lithium-poly­mer bat­tery giv­ing it the ca­pa­bil­ity of trav­el­ling up to 180km at a speed of 150km/h.

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