Ssangyong's crucial mid-sized crossover will be offered with a full line-up, petrol included, from next month.
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Ssangyong will add a petrol option to its critical Korando SUV line-up in November, following a diesel-only initial launch in Australia.

Pricing for the crossover, which is slightly smaller than the Kia Sportage, kicks off at $32,990 drive-away and runs to $39,990 drive-away.

But the 'Launch Edition' is only available with a 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine making 100kW and 324Nm, mated with a six-speed automatic.

In Korea, the car is also offered with a 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol engine making 120kW and 280Nm, the latter available between 1500rpm and 4000rpm. Based on our experience, it's the sweeter of the two engines offered in the Korando range.

Ssangyong says it'll be offered in Australia from November. July was the company's original goal for the Korando's launch.

Measuring up at 4450mm long and 1870mm wide, the Korando is 30mm shorter and 15mm narrower than the Kia Sportage. Its wheelbase is close to identical, however.

Locally, the line-up starts with the Korando ELX LE. It's generously equipped for a base car, with a leather steering wheel, cruise control, a 10.25-inch colour instrument binnacle, an 8.0-inch touchscreen, and a six-speaker audio system standard.

There's also autonomous emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise, auto high-beam, rain-sensing wipers and rear cross-traffic alert as standard, along with keyless entry and start.

Moving up to the range-topping Ultimate LE brings all-wheel drive, along with niceties like 19-inch alloy wheels, a full-sized spare, leather seats, and a heated leather steering wheel.

The front seats are powered, heated and cooled, and you get tyre-pressure monitoring, LED headlamps, a powered tailgate, a chrome grille, and dual-zone climate control standard. The range has achieved a five-star ANCAP rating.

Earlier this year, CarAdvice reported Ssangyong is on track to sell round half its initial target of 3000 in its first 12 months on sale in Australia.

According to VFACTS data compiled by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries, Ssangyong is sitting on 509 sales in 2019.

The four-wheel drive Musso and Musso XLV dual-cab utes account for the majority of those sales (283 registrations), with the ute-based Rexton (135 registrations) four-wheel drive following behind.