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A facelifted Ssangyong Korando has been spied sans camouflage for the first time, revealing an updated front end and interior.

First published by Korean automotive site Hankyung, the two images show a red Ssangyong Korando with a revised grille and upper chrome strip, and a restyled front bumper with round fog lights.

Larger, squarer headlights similar to those of the Actyon Sports ute feature a new lighting cluster with LED daytime running lights. While not pictured, the tail-lights are also believed to be changed.

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The cabin of thecompact five-seat South Korean SUV has been refreshed compared with the existing car (pictured bottom) with a more modern dashboard, angular air vents and an extended centre console highlighted by a new touchscreen. Silver, chrome and gloss black trim accents add to the more upmarket appearance.

Powertains of the new-look Korando are expected to carry over from the current third-generation model, available locally with either an entry-level 109kW/191Nm 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine or a 129kW/360Nm 2.0-litre turbo-diesel.

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Expected to be unveiled in the coming months, Daniel Cotterill from Ssangyong’s Australian distributor, Ateco Automotive, told CarAdvice the facelifted Korando wouldn’t be seen in Australian showrooms before the first quarter of 2014.

Following Ssangyong’s introduction of the $23,990 driveaway Korando S petrol in January, Cotterill says the brand is keen to continue pricing its products competitively.

“If we can sharpen that further, we will,” he said.

Sitting above the base front-wheel-drive petrol model (pictured above) is the all-wheel-drive Korando SX priced from $28,990. Both come with Ssangyong’s five-year/100,000km warranty and five-year roadside assistance.

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  • JHP

    looks a lot like korando sports from the front, but interior, that’s some improvement compared to the current gen korando

  • crouchy35

    Interior is now pushing late-90′s rather than early. YAY!

    • slap

      Quality is now probably on par with the aztec on your profile pic

      • Zaccy16

        ha! the aztek was a joke to pontiac!

      • crouchy35

        They wish. All hail the Aztec.

  • 42 = The Answer

    Now this is more like what their concept previewed not the half-ass version we have now!

  • Zaccy16

    Interior looks like an improvement but the front looks like the stavic unfortunately

    • Peter Ms

      I can’t agree that the interior is improved. it has changed direction, but not to the future. Those “angular” air vents just look awful. And the swooping shape of the dash has been criticised strongly by motoring writers when used in recent Subarus, so one might expect a similar reaction to his one. Maybe it appeals to Chinese/Indian/Korean tastes, but I don’t see it as a forward step in western amrkets. On the other hand, the exterior was always neat, and looks better in this iteration.

      • Zaccy16

        i agree that the interior still looks horrible and sub par and very similar to the awful ix35′s but IMO it looks less boring than the current gens

  • Rocky

    Front end facelift closely resembles the current Nissan Dualis, albeit with larger sized headlights.

  • 77supersaloon

    Well it finally has arrived, and what a disappointment. Same engine, same fuel consumption, same instrument panel, still no option of a reverse camera, and no touchscreen audio. Leather now standard, new front and rear taillights, and a $2000 price increase! It’s a shame, the Korando could have been such a good car.