SsangYong Korando C here by year-end
6th July, 2010
SsangYong plans to launch its all-new compact SUV, the Korando C
in the 4th quarter this year and believes that it will spark a sales renaissance for the Korean marque. Like
General Motors, the troubled brand is trying to put its past financial difficulties behind it.
The Korando C is based on an all-new monocoque platform, the first SsangYong SUV model to use a monocoque
It will also feature new diesel engine technology, a new compact SUV look and a spacious European inspired
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.
According to SsangYong Motors Australia General Manager, Jeff Barber, the new Korando C is strategically
important as SsangYong charts its future direction as a specialist SUV.
"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," said Mr Barber.
"Korando C will prove to be the turning point for SsangYong and will deliver mass appeal to the marque
with a package that is competitive in the rapidly expanding compact SUV market," he said.
"Korando C is a smart, contemporary design that will hold its own against any compact SUV on the market
today," he added.
Moving to a monocoque design has allowed SsangYong engineers to increase the structural integrity of the
Korando C for improved crash safety and reduced NVH levels, making it amongst the best in the SUV category.
It will be powered by a environmentally friendly two-litre common rail turbo diesel engine that can meet Euro
V emission standards.
While the SsangYong Korando C is a compact SUV, it is has been designed with a roomy interior offering
abundant space and comfort not only for everyday use but also for a range of leisure activities.
Korando C uses the new eXDi200 two-litre German designed diesel engine with 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 two litre
turbo diesel producing around 130 kW of power and 450 Nm of torque.
It employs Delphi's third-generation, high pressure common rail fuel injection system while the new two-stage
turbocharger delivers maximum efficiency at both low and high speeds and will help the engine to meet the yet to
be mandated EURO V emission standards.
This new power plant will be used in other Ssangyong products and is earmarked for the face-lifted Actyon
Sports Ute in 2011.
SsangYong engineers have dramatically improved engine NVH by employing a one-piece plastic cylinder head cover
along with a mass balance shaft and simplified camshaft drive chain system.
SsangYong 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 R&D activities to develop the Korando C based EV in line with global trends for
'low carbon, green growth' and to demonstrate SsangYong's commitment to low emission vehicle technology.
The Pure EV Korando C shown at Pusan utilises a 100 kW electric motor and a 30 kWh, 300 V high-voltage
lithium-polymer battery giving it the capability of travelling up to 180 km at a speed of 150 km/h.