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2019 SsangYong Korando Revealed Could Spawn Next-gen XUV500

2019 Ssangyong Korando
  • SsangYong to showcase next-gen Korando SUV at the Geneva Motor Show in March.
  • It is based on the modified X100 platform that also underpins the Tivoli and XUV300.
  • New Korando borrows styling cues from SIV-2 concept showcased earlier.
  • To get a new 1.6-litre turbo diesel engine.
  • Could be launched as the next-gen XUV500 in India.

in India, and could share the modified platform from the Korando here. This will be the only unibody platform in Mahindra's portfolio apart from the two ladder frame platforms that underpin the Alturas G4 and the Marazzo MPV.

Ssangyong Korando

Inside, the new Korando gets the 'Blaze Cockpit' design, which in line with modern SUV standards, incorporates a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system and a 9-inch digital instrument panel, giving the dashboard a premium appeal. It also gets mood lighting along with brown-and-black dual-tone upholstery to further accentuate the interior design.

Under the bonnet, the new Korando will be powered by an all-new 1.6-litre turbo-diesel engine. While the official specs haven't been disclosed yet, the Korando is also likely to feature the 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine co-developed with Mahindra.

The Korando could also get electrified powertrains as well. And if not immediately, the next-gen XUV500 could also get them in India at a later stage. The Korando will be Ssangyong's first all-electric SUV globally.

Ssangyong korando

In terms of safety, the new Korando will offer a range of driving assistance features such as intelligent adaptive cruise control, Lane Keep Assist (LKAS), auto emergency braking (AEB), Driver Attention Alert (DAA) as well as "Safety Distance Alert," (somewhat like a collision warning system).

Since SsangYong was acquired by Mahindra way back in 2011, the latter has made strong strides in enhancing and widening its SUV portfolio in India. Whether it is the Alturas G4 or the recently launched XUV300, we have seen strong synergies between the two carmakers time and again. And with the new Korando, we can expect Mahindra to yet again use its learnings in the next generation XUV500 as well.

By Shourya Harwani February 19, 2019 at 11:05PM

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