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by Tim Beissmann

Ssangyong Australia has launched its first all-new vehicle in three years – the 2011 Ssangyong Korando – a stylish, compact SUV that is set to redefine the Korean brand in Australia.

Priced between $26,311 and $36,811, the Korando will be available in three specification levels: S, SX and SPR.

The entry-level S is a front-wheel drive with the choice of a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission, the SX comes with all-wheel drive and the option of manual or auto, and the top-spec SPR is AWD and auto-only.

All variants are powered by Ssangyong’s all-new e-XDi200 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engine, which produces 129kW and 360Nm of torque.

The front-wheel drive manual model uses just 6.1 litres/100km of fuel on the combined cycle and emits 159g/km CO2 (auto 7.3 litres/100km and 194g/km).

The all-wheel drive manual almost matches the entry-level model, consuming 6.4 litres/100km and emitting 169g/km CO2 (auto 7.5 litres/100km and 199g/km).

The six-speed automatic transmission is an Australian-built DSI unit, although it will not be available until next month.

The Korando is fitted with all the standard safety kit: electronic stability program (ESP), ABS, EBD, traction control, brake assist, as well as Active Rollover Protection, Hill Start Assist, six airbags (dual front, side and curtain) and Electronic Active Head Restraints to reduce the risk of whiplash injuries.

The SPR model also gets Reverse Parking Aid System and headlights with four manually adjustable settings to aim the headlights based on vehicle load, road conditions and visibility.

Inside, all models are well equipped with CD/MP3 audio system with USB connectivity, Bluetooth audio streaming and six speakers, one-touch power windows, air-conditioning, cruise control with Eco mode, two trip computers, auto-dipping rear-view mirror, leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear selector, front and rear floor mats and a security alarm.

The entry-level S gets 16-inch alloy wheels and a tilt-adjustable steering with audio, Bluetooth and auto transmission controls.

The mid-spec SX adds 17-inch alloys (full-sized alloy spare), front fog lamps, illuminated vanity mirrors, rear cargo cover and net and climate control.

The SPR tops off the range with 18-inch alloy wheels (full-sized alloy spare), roof spoiler, sunroof, leather seats, heated front seats, power adjustable driver’s seat, folding door mirrors, headlight leveling and rear parking sensors.

Along with a range of storage compartments, hooks and holders, the Korando has 60/40 split-fold rear seats and a luggage capacity of 486 litres.

The 2011 Ssangyong Korando range is on sale now (automatics available from March) for the following manufacturer’s list prices:

  • S front-wheel drive manual – $26,311 ($27,990 driveaway)
  • S front-wheel drive automatic – $28,811
  • SX all-wheel drive manual – $30,311
  • SX all-wheel drive automatic – $32,811
  • SPR all-wheel drive automatic – $36,811



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