2020 SsangYong Korando Debuts At Geneva Motor Show

  • Mar 08, 2019

SsangYong, the Korean automaker has taken the covers off the mid-size SUV, the Korando, which also enters its fourth generation, at the ongoing Geneva Motor Show. What excites us the most is that the second-gen Mahindra XUV500 is expected to be based on the new Korando. So what’s on display in Geneva is likely to be offered in India with the new XUV500.

The 2020 SsangYong Korando is based on the SIV-2 concept, which was showcased by the automaker three years back at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. The new Korando is now sharper, longer and wider than before. No change has been done to its height. Also, the Korando is shorter than the XUV500. What this means is that Mahindra would have to work on the proportions of the next-gen XUV500, if building it on the same lines as the Korando.

The fourth-gen Korando is available with two powertrain options, 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol and 1.6-litre diesel engine. While the former generates a max power of 163PS and a peak torque of 280Nm, the latter is good enough for 136PS of power and 324Nm of torque. Both engines come mated to either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission. The Korean automaker mentioned that an electric version of the new Korando will make its way to the market soon.

Mahindra, on the other hand, is unlikely to include the above-mentioned engine options, instead, new 2.0-litre petrol and diesel engines would power the next-gen XUV500. The old 2.2-litre engine options will most probably be replaced. However, a Korando EV can be the basis for an electric XUV500 later on.

On the features front, the 2020 SsangYong Korando gets a 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system, auto LED headlamps, ambient lighting option and a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster. Safety-wise, the Korando gets benefitted from features like ABS with EBD, seven airbags (includes driver’s knee airbag), lane departure warning system, active roll-over protection and autonomous emergency braking system and more.

Out of the ones mentioned above, the next-gen XUV500 may borrow the digital instrument cluster and the infotainment system. The Mahindra XUV500 is already a feature-packed mid-size SUV, with power-adjustable driver’s seat, sunroof, third-row seats and six airbags.

Mahindra and SsangYong together have developed the compact SUV, the XUV300, which is based on the SsangYong Tivoli and the Alturas G4, which shares the base with the SsangYong Rexton.


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