The Korando Sports is an SUV with a flat, pickup truck-like bed providing a 2.04 square meter load area to fit a Euro pallet and comes complete with load deck liner and anchor points.
As an option, SsangYong offers a rigid hard top with a hinged rear window that closes behind the tailgate, color matched to the rest of the vehicle.
The Korando Sports is offered in two trim levels. The base SX comes equipped with 16-inch alloy wheels, tinted glass, air conditioning, leather covered steering wheel, remote central locking, Kenwood MP3 CD & RDS radio with a USB & auxiliary port and Bluetooth connectivity.
Moving up to the EX will get you leather upholstery with heated front seats, powered driver’s seat, heated, electrically adjustable and power folding door mirrors and rear parking sensors.
All models are powered by a Euro 5 2.0-liter turbo diesel generating 153hp (155PS) and peak torque of 360Nm (265 lb-ft) delivered between 1,500rpm and 2,800rpm. A manual gearbox comes as standard while the EX can be equipped with an optional 6 speed automatic transmission.
The limited edition model is available in the Grand White finish as standard, with metallic Vitamin Red and Space Black being optional. Power comes exclusively from a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo diesel producing 173bhp and 360Nm (265.5 lb-ft) of peak torque.
On the road prices start from £17,995, with SsangYong offering 5 years free servicing on models purchased with finance during February and March.
The new Korando Sports, which replaces the Actyon Sports – one of Ssangyong’s “lookers” we told you about, is a four-door SUV with a pickup truck bed described by the Korean company as a leisure utility vehicle (LUV).
While more conventional looking than both the 2002 Musso Sports and the 2006 Actyon Sports, the Korando Sports won’t be winning any beauty contests anytime soon.
Power for the Korando Sports comes courtesy of a 2.0-liter e-XDi200 diesel engine that churns out 155-horses and 36.7kgm of peak torque returning a combined fuel economy of 15.6km/lt (36.7mpg US or 6.4lt/100km). It is available with both rear- and all-wheel drive.
SsangYong is making a comeback to the UK market in September. And its return will be spearheaded by the all-new Korando crossover which has no relation whatsoever with its predecessor.
The newcomer is priced from £16,995 with the Korean company, which is owned by the Indian conglomerate Mahindra & Mahindra, setting its eyes on the likes of the Hyundai ix35, Kia Sportage, Mitsubishi ASX and Nissan Qashqai.
The new Korando is the production version of the 2009 C200 Aero Concept designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro’s ItalDesign. It is powered by a 2.0-liter turbo diesel engine with 175HP and 360 Nm of torque, which emits 157 g of CO2 per km. It will be available in front- and four-wheel-drive versions with a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.
Standard equipment features across the range includes ESP, Hill Start Assist, cruise control and reverse parking sensors.