First unveiled earlier this year at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, SsangYong Berjaya Motor Philippines has finally unveiled the all-new Korando alongside the refreshed Tivoli. The Korando is SsangYong’s challenger to the compact (C-segment) crossover SUV segment and it brings to the table an all-turbocharged powertrain to challenge class stalwarts such as the Honda CR-V, Subaru Forester, Hyundai Tucson, just to name a few.
Redesigned from the ground up, the all-new Korando’s exterior is a huge departure from its rounded predecessor. It emphasizes its robust character through a new grille and headlight treatment. The contemporary exterior design features sharp LED headlamps with LED daytime running lights for the Diesel Premium variant as well as slick alloy wheels that give the Korando an extremely handsome look. Meanwhile, LED foglights are equipped as standard on all diesel variants.
Likewise, the interior is also vastly improved from its predecessor, featuring a host of premium soft-touch materials and interesting design details. As for features, all variants get cruise control and heated power-folding mirrors. Diesel variants get upgraded to an 8-inch touch screen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality as well as a reverse camera. The top-of-the-line Diesel Premium variant gets all the bells and whistles including a highly-configurable 10.25-inch fully digital instrument cluster, passive entry with push-button start, and 8-way power-adjustable driver and front passenger seats.
Under the hood of the all-new Korando are two turbocharged engines. The entry-level variant is powered by a 1.5-liter inline-4 turbocharged and direct-injected petrol engine that produces 163 hp and 280 Nm of torque. The more expensive diesel variants have a 1.6-liter inline-4 turbo diesel engine that produces 136 hp and 324 Nm of torque. Both engines are solely mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission driving the front wheels.
As for safety, all Korando variants are equipped with dual SRS airbags and ABS with EBD, while higher variants get a reverse camera and front & rear parking sensors.
“The Korando was developed with two goals in mind,” shares Mr. Japeth Castillo, President of Ssangyong Berjaya Motor Philippines. “First, we wanted an SUV with improved fuel efficiency. Second, we wanted to give our customers even better power delivery than before. The fourth-generation Korando is the result of years of research, development, and refinement.”
“We wanted to deliver a vehicle that had a premium fit and finish, but at a more affordable price compared to the competition,” Castillo adds.
The SsangYong Korando is now on sale at Auto Asia Sta. Rosa and SsangYong Otis, Manila with the following prices:
1.5T Sport AT: P1,290,000
1.6 Diesel Sport AT: P1,578,000
1.6 Diesel Premium AT: P1,770,000