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SsangYong Korando e-Motion 2022.

SsangYong Korando e-Motion 2022.

SsangYong Korando e-Motion 2022.

SsangYong Korando e-Motion 2022. SsangYong’s electric cross-country vehicle enters the market: the Korando e-Motion has not impressed with its performance.

The Korean brand is about to launch its first «green» SUV. Europeans will be the first to receive the novelty, they will be offered the model with only one battery and front-wheel drive.

We have already told about the plight of SsangYong in detail, and not once, so we will briefly remind you.

At the end of last year the company admitted that it has nothing to pay debts, because a few months earlier Indian concern Mahindra & Mahindra, still the owner of the Korean brand (it owns almost 75% of shares), refused to finance it.

Then the company was looking for a new investor, while SsangYong was gradually making cuts (for example, it cut wages and social benefits and transferred its plant to single-shift work).

As a result, a buyer has been found: it could be the Korean company Edison Motors (it produces electric buses and light trucks).

Whether the deal went through or not has not been officially announced yet. Meanwhile, SsangYong is introducing a new vehicle to the market.

Back in the summer the company announced a crossover Korando e-Motion, that is an electric version of the current generation Korando.

But then were published only a few branded pictures. Now almost all characteristics are revealed. Note that the electric crossover became the first mass «electric» of the brand.

SsangYong Korando e-Motion 2022.

As promised earlier, the first SsangYong Korando e-Motion will be received not Koreans, but Europeans.

In the Old World crossover is offered with 190-horsepower electric motor (maximum torque — 360 Nm), installed on the front axle.

There will be no two-engine, that is all-wheel drive version. Battery is also the only one — 61.5 kWh (from LG Chem).

The claimed range is 339 km (on the WLTP cycle). Fully charge the crossover in 11 hours, and with a quick charge Korando e-Motion can be «charged» up to 80% in 33 minutes.

SsangYong Korando e-Motion 2022.

Meanwhile, competitors in terms of technology are ahead. For example, Hyundai Kona Electric is available to Europeans not only with 39 kWh base battery (range — 305 km), but also with 64 kWh battery, which provides 484 km of range.

The Citroen e-C4, with a weaker battery than the Korando e-Motion (50 kWh), is nevertheless promised a range of 350 km.

And for the Volkswagen ID.4 you can choose a 77 kWh battery, with which the «German» will be able to drive 522 km without recharging. But let’s get back to SsangYong’s novelty.

Externally, the electric Korando differs by the design of the front end: an e-Motion has another bumper and a plug on place of the grille.

In addition, the «electric» has decorative details of bright blue color. A charging hatch is installed on the right front wing.

SsangYong Korando e-Motion 2022.

The length of Korando e-Motion is equal to 4465 mm, which is 15 mm more than the standard crossover. Wheelbase is the same as before — 2675 mm. The volume of luggage compartment has not changed (521 liters).

Interior is the same as the «traditional» parket. A list of equipment is the same in general, both are equipped with multimedia system with an 8- or 9-inch screen, dual-zone climate control, virtual «dashboard», adaptive cruise control, the system of auto braking, lane-keeping and «blind» zone monitoring.

Prices are still known only for Spain. In this country, according to the local edition, SsangYong Korando e-Motion will be available in two configurations for 36,000 and 39,000 euro (about 2 990,000 and 3 239,000 rubles at the current exchange rate).

SsangYong Korando e-Motion 2022.

For comparison, Hyundai Kona Electric with 64 kWh battery in Spain today costs from 28,540 euros (2,371,000 rubles), the price of Volkswagen ID.4 with top battery of 77 kWh — from 46,040 euros (3,824,000 rubles).

Well and SsangYong Korando with an internal combustion engine will cost Spaniards at least 20,600 euros (excluding discounts; 1,711,000 rubles).

Previously, the company SsangYong also promised to launch other electric crossovers, brutal SUVs and even pickups, and SUVs should not have gasoline relatives.

Well, let’s see if it manages to realize its plans with a new owner (if, of course, the deal happens at all).

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