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SsangYong targets Toyota Prado and HiLux with new electric SUV and ute - but Korando e-Motion EV coming first

SsangYong’s new all-electric SUV, codenamed J100, will be seriously rugged if these teaser sketches are anything to go by.

SsangYong may still be looking for a new owner, but that hasn’t stopped the South Korean brand from announcing bold plans for three all-electric models, including Toyota Prado and HiLux rivals, which are set to be released in the coming years.

The first cab off the rank is the long-awaited Korando e-Motion, which is the zero-emissions version of the fourth-generation Korando mid-size SUV that’s currently sold in Australia.

According to a SsangYong spokesperson, the Korando e-Motion is “still under consideration” for a local introduction, despite it officially entered production for other markets earlier this week.

For reference, the now-revealed Korando e-Motion is reportedly motivated by a 142kW front electric motor, which draws power from a 61.5kWh battery that provides about 322km of WLTP-certified range.

Meanwhile, SsangYong also plans to launch an all-electric SUV, codenamed J100, in 2022, with the “medium-size” model to slot in between the segment-straddling Korando and large-size Rexton in its high-riding line-up.

The Korando e-Motion is the zero-emissions version of the fourth-generation Korando mid-size SUV. The Korando e-Motion is the zero-emissions version of the fourth-generation Korando mid-size SUV.

That said, the two teaser sketches of the J100 indicate it will be seriously rugged, so it could indeed have the Prado in its sights thanks to its apparent off-road focus.

After all, the J100 is all but confirmed to have a body-on-frame platform given SsangYong’s third zero-emissions model will be a likely related ute that has the HiLux in its crosshairs.

Neither the J100 nor the utes are confirmed for Australia at this stage, but the SsangYong spokesperson did say they are “on our radar”, so stay tuned.