Thursday, 16 August 2012 12:39 PM
SsangYong is about to unleash on the UK the Korando Sports. It's a four-door pickup (or "ute" for our Australian readers), it comes with part-time four-wheel drive and it promises to comfortably seat five people. Adult people.
It's powered by a new 2.0-litre 153bhp diesel and has multi-link rear suspension so the ride shouldn't be too rocky. It can haul up to 2.3 tonnes with 256lb-ft of torque at the ready so it might yet prove a new favourite among the horsebox set. Or it may simply be the new school run favourite with all those seats, as well as a sharper new design, a vast improvement on the harsher lines of previous SsangYongs. It adds a mesh grille, trapezoidal bumper, power mirrors and black headlight bezels as well as a wide rear window to help with visibility.
The interior features some new comforts too - such as back seats that can recline up to 29 degrees as well as air conditioning, LED illuminated instrument cluster and Bluetooth connectivity as standard.
To make it easier to load up, there's a large, flat rear deck with load deck liner and anchor points, an optional colour-matched rigid hardtop to provide protection and security to the load and a hinged rear window that can be closed behind the tailgate activating the central locking.
Two levels of trim are on offer, the entry-level SX as well as the upgraded EX which features leather upholstery, sear warmers, electric driver's seat, 18-inch alloy wheels, electrically adjustable heated mirrors and rear parking sensors. A six-speed automatic gearbox is also available as an option.
Prices start from £16,995 and they are available from the 52 SsangYong dealerships nationwide.
By Georgia Lewis
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