- The new-gen Mahindra XUV500 could take its inspiration from the fourth-gen Ssangyong Korando.
- Based on the e-SIV concept seen in 2018
Mahindra-owned Ssangyong has put out its first set of images and details about the fourth-generation Korando ahead of its official debut at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. The new-gen Korando is important to India as it might make its way to our shores as a rebadged Mahindra product positioned below the Alturas G4. Or it could mirror the upcoming new-gen XUV500 in terms of styling and equipment.
Based on the e-SIV concept showcased at the Geneva stage last year, the Korando adopts a boxy and muscular styling combined with typical Ssangyong design elements. The busy fascia has squared-off headlights integrated into the grille. LED fog lamps have been placed lower on the bumper alongside large air vents. The silhouette retains the well-defined rear wheel arch and shoulder line from the concept which adds a lot of character to the Korando. The back is well rounded off with LED tail lights, cladded bumper and a chrome insert running across the tailgate.
On the inside, the Korando debuts a ‘Blaze Cockpit’ design language which will surely make its way into other Ssangyong vehicles. There is a massive 10.25-inch infotainment system along with an all-digital nine-inch instrument cluster. The red accent around the black-brown interior adds a modern touch to the cabin.
Under the hood, there is a new 1.6-litre turbodiesel which is a step-up over the older 1.6-litre engine. Although the specs haven't been revealed yet, the newer motor is expected to produce around 120bhp and 300Nm. It will be mated to either a six-speed manual or an automatic as an option.
After its debut at the next month’s Geneva Motor Show, the Ssangyong Korando will go on sale in the Korean and other Asian markets in the months to come. After the Alturas G4 and the XUV300, Mahindra might explore a market for the Korando in India as well.