CV Show – SsangYong’s eco Korando


SsangYong is exhibiting its budget small LCV, the Korando, at the CV Show, while announcing power and efficiency improvements to the model.

The Korando CSE is based on the car version, the main elements of the conversion consisting of heavily tinting the rear windows and removing the rear seats.

A new 2.2-litre diesel Euro 6 engine, replacing the previous Euro 5 2.0-litre unit, provides the latest models with power improvements of 19% to 175bhp, and an 11% torque gain to 295lbft, the latter on tap between 1,400 and 2,800rpm.

CO2 emissions levels are cut from 147 to 139g/km on two-wheel-drive versions, while fuel economy increases, up to 53mpg from 47mpg on the 2WD model.

The Korando CSE retains both rear side doors and the tailgate, accessing a flat load space measuring 152cm long, 96cm between the wheel-arches and with a volume of 1,312 litres. Payload capacity is 433kg and the CSE can pull a two-tonne trailer.

All-wheel-drive versions of the CSE include a Torque on Demand transmission, ESP, hill-start assist and mud and snow tyres as standard equipment.

Prices range from £13,995 excluding VAT for the 2WD version, £15,295 for 4WD, and both include a five-year unlimited mileage warranty.

SsangYong has also announced that the larger Rexton CSE is to get the new 2.2-litre diesel. Costing from £19,495, it offers a 1.7m load deck, 107cm between wheel arches, 2.2m3 of load volume, a 740kg payload and the ability to pull a three-tonne trailer.

Finally attracting much attention on SsangYong’s CV Show stand is a version of its Korando Sports 4×4 pick-up, in a camouflage wrap.

Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is the News and Road Test Editor for The Van Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars and vans for more than 20 years, and attends many new model launches each year.

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