2019 SsangYong Korando SUV – first images released

2019 SsangYong Korando SUV – first images released

Oft-forgotten South Korean carmaker SsangYong has released the first photos of its new Korando ahead of its home market launch in March. The midsize SUV – which sits between the Tivoli and the Rexton in the lineup – is set to make its world premiere at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, debuting a number of new features and technologies for the brand.

As expected, the styling borrows heavily from the smaller Tivoli, sharing its trapezoidal headlights, slim upper grille, pronounced rear fender bulge and black C-pillar trim, giving the car an in-vogue “floating roof” look. The tail lights with arrow-shaped graphics are linked by a horizontal chrome bar, mimicking the front end.

2019 SsangYong Korando SUV – first images released

Inside, the Korando features a “Blaze Cockpit” design that is said to be inspired by the latest aircraft cockpits, integrating the 10.25-inch fully-digital instrument cluster, nine-inch navigation touchscreen and 34-colour “infinity” ambient lighting.

An air vent strip spans the top edge of the dashboard, reaching into the doors. Meanwhile, the boot measures 551 litres – said to big enough for four golf bags – and there’s also a “magic tray” underneath to keep your belongings away from prying eyes.

Safety-wise, the car features what SsangYong calls “Level 2.5” autonomous driving, thanks to the ominously-named Deep Control technology. This incorporates the Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control (IACC), which maintains a set distance from the car in front and keeps the vehicle in the centre of the lane.

2019 SsangYong Korando SUV – first images released

Also fitted is an Exit Assist Function (EAF) that warns if an occupant is about to open a door into passing traffic, plus standard-fit advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) including autonomous emergency braking, lane keeping assist, Front Vehicle Start Alarm (FVSA), Driver Attention Alert (DAA) and Safe Distance Alert (SDA). A total of seven airbags are also offered.

No powertrain details have been revealed just yet, but expect the Korando to share the Tivoli’s 1.6 litre turbodiesel engine, paired to six-speed manual and automatic transmissions.

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Jonathan Lee

After trying to pursue a career in product design, Jonathan Lee decided to make the sideways jump into the world of car journalism instead. He therefore appreciates the aesthetic appeal of a car, but for him, the driving experience is still second to none.



  • Awesome looks inside out… But please change that name !!!

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    • Roti john Pvt Ltd on Feb 20, 2019 at 8:07 pm

      Finally! A game changer from Ssangyong, habisla X70!

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  • Korean Fan on Feb 20, 2019 at 3:39 pm

    Another great product, after SsangYong Stavic and Chairman.

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  • Optimus on Feb 20, 2019 at 3:50 pm

    The front looked like it was lifted from a VW and the rear is a piece of mess. Interior is plain weird with the overarching dashboard vents which somehow made redundant the driver and passenger side vents.

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  • YB Kunta Kinte on Feb 20, 2019 at 4:01 pm

    Wow, looks so good, if come here and priced at RM123k, habis lah the PRoton X70.

    Last time SsangYong use Mercedes engines despite not having shares in Mercedes. Can Geely use Mercedes engines as it has 10% shares in MErcedes Germany AG?

    I think Mercedes won’t allow it as it has no confidence in Geely

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    • Merc only sell older engines to Ssangyong, never the new ones. Malaysians still remember how the Ssangyong distributor, Competitive Supreme just bail on owners 10 years ago, leaving them high and dry.

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      • YB Kunta Kinte on Feb 20, 2019 at 7:16 pm

        very true. This is because our Government then did not care about consumer problems. They were more concerned with stealing and corruption.

        now Government cares for the rakyat and consumers are protected.

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  • benzs on Feb 20, 2019 at 4:40 pm

    Don’t come to Malaysia. Ape Kereta u pakai bro? Ssangyong Keranda. Oops.. My bad.. Lol

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  • albag on Feb 20, 2019 at 8:51 pm

    looks like they try very hard to be Citroen of Korea.. their vehicle designs are never attractive and overly done.. terrible proportion and shape

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  • Change the horrible name!

    Its like telling people you drive Haval, Baw, Dong Feng lmao

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