The SsangYong Korando facelift builds upon the fourth-generation C200’s good looks and now brings it up to date with the rest of the Korando family, which includes the Korando Sports pick-up truck (Actyon Sports in Malaysia) and the Korando Turismo MPV (known as the Stavic here).

It’s all new at the front, with sharp lines and black overtones replacing the old car’s curvy and chrome-rich face. There are now projector headlamps, LED position lights and wider, more stylised air intake openings. New 18-inch wheels and LED rear lights keep the rest of the car looking fresh.

A whole new dashboard has been fitted inside, with soft materials and classy wood trim available in either glossy or matte finish. A 7-inch touchscreen multimedia system (with sat nav and 3D maps), Infinity premium sound system, ventilated front seats, smart keyless entry and red leather upholstery are all new additions on the options list.

Other than the aesthetic updates, SsangYong promises an 8.4% improved fuel consumption for the 175 PS/360 Nm 2.0 litre turbodiesel engine. The six-speed automatic variant now does 12.8 km per litre while the manual model returns a best in class 17.2km/l. On top of that, improvements to the engine mountings and sub-frame have cut vibration and noise level by 10%.