SsangYong is in the middle of a real transition. For example, the Korean brand has recently found a new investor in the form of the KG Group, which the manufacturer wants to prepare for the future. However, that future is mainly electric, and they have also noticed that at SsangYong. That is why they announced the arrival of the Torres EV on electricity a little while ago, but it all started with their very first electric car: the Korando e-Motion.
Value for your money
SsangYong has announced that deliveries of the electric Korando have now started in our country. Reason enough to take a look at what the EV should cost, because the Koreans are known among insiders for their excellent ratio between price and quality. Those who are used to the other SsangYongs may be shocked by the basic price of this Korando e-Motion: it only starts at 41,990 euros. However, if you compare that with other purely electric SUVs of this size, you will notice that the SsangYong is quite competitively priced. For example, the MG ZS EV is cheaper but also a bit more compact, while you already pay about 3,500 euros more for a Kia Niro EV.
That impression is reinforced when you take a closer look at the standard equipment of the Korando e-Motion. For example, the ‘Bronze’ car immediately receives an extensive infotainment system, climate control in two zones and keyless entry and start-up, while things such as adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition and a digital instrumentation are also included. The ‘Platinium’ adds heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, navigation and half-leather upholstery for 44,990 euros, and with the ‘Titanium’ top version you get leather everywhere, an electrically adjustable driver’s seat, LED headlights and a blind spot assistant for 48,590 euros.
Up to 474 kilometers away
Every Korando e-Motion has a quick charging option of up to 78 kW as standard, which means that the battery is fully charged to 80% in 33 minutes. That battery pack is 61.5 kWh, from which the SsangYong should achieve a driving range of 339 kilometers according to the WLTP measurement method. In urban use, you could even drive up to 474 kilometers before you have to return to the charging station. In addition, the Korando e-Motion has an electric motor with 190 hp and 360 Nm of torque, which allows it to reach 100 km/h in 8.5 seconds. That also makes it the fastest accelerating SsangYong at the moment – if that’s your thing.
SsangYong will also show the Korando e-Motion at the Brussels Motor Show, which is currently running until January 22, 2023. There it will be together with the Rexton and the Musso – two models that just received a facelift – and the Tivoli and Grand Tivoli, in addition to, of course, the regular combustion engine Korando.
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