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SsangYong has confirmed the full-time line-up of its crucial Korando mid-size SUV, which will kick off from $26,990 driveaway for the six-speed manual petrol EX variant.
Substantially undercutting opening grades of Japanese rivals such as the Mazda CX-5 (from $30,880 before on-road costs), Toyota RAV4 (from $30,990 BOCs) and Nissan X-Trail (from $29,890 BOCs), the entry-level South Korean Korando is powered by a 120kW/280Nm 1.5-litre turbo-petrol engine that drives the front wheels.
A six-speed automatic transmission can also be optioned on the EX grade, bringing pricing to $28,990 driveaway.
Safety-wise, the EX is fitted with autonomous emergency braking, front collision warning, lane departure warning, lane-keep assist, reversing camera, driver attention alert, cruise control, high-beam assist, and automatic headlights and wipers.
The next-step-up ELX grade is available in both turbocharged 1.5-litre petrol and 1.6-litre diesel form, the latter producing 100kW/324Nm.
Available only with a six-speed auto, the ELX adds 18-inch wheels, leather steering wheel, keyless entry and one-touch power windows to the equipment list, as well as blind-spot detection, lane-change assist, rear cross-traffic alert, and front and rear parking sensors.
Pricing for the EXL petrol is set at $30,990, while the diesel is $33,990.
The flagship of the Korando line-up will auto-only Ultimate, positioned at $36,990 for the petrol and $39,990 for the diesel.
Above the ELX, the Ultimate variant gains 19-inch wheels, a heated steering wheel, 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, sunroof, powered tailgate, dual-zone climate control, chrome grille, heated and cooled front seats, heated second row pews, and leather upholstery.
Safety systems also get a boost with adaptive cruise control and a tyre pressure monitoring system.
Fuel economy for the petrol grades are pegged at 7.7 litres per 100km, while the diesels return 5.5L/100km.
All Korandos will swallow 551 litres in the boot, which will expand to 1248L with the second-row seats folded.
The Korando also carries a five-star Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) crash test rating.
Just the petrol ELX and Ultimate grades are available in showrooms now, as well as the limited-run diesel ELX LE and Ultimate LE, with the rest of the Korando line-up coming on stream early next year.
2020 SsangYong Korando pricing driveaway:
|EX petrol – manual||$26,990|
|EX petrol – automatic||$28,990|
|ELX petrol – automatic||$30,990|
|ELX diesel – automatic||$33,990|
|Ultimate petrol – automatic||$36,990|
|Ultimate diesel – automatic||$39,990|