Electric version of Korando to be SsangYongs first EV
The first electric model by the Korean manufacturer SsangYong will be an electric version of their new Korando, which will go on sale next year with a combustion motor. The debut of the EV version will take place in 2020.
This was reported by Autocar with a reference to SsangYongs UK boss Nick Laird. According to him, the electric version of the SUV is inspired by the e-SIV concept presented at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. The e-SIV features a 140 kW motor and a 61.5 kWh battery for a 450 km range.
SsangYong is also considering a hybrid-diesel version of the Korando. If vehicles with that kind of motor will actually go into serial production is however still undecided.
SsangYong, who themselves are a subsidiary of the Indian vehicle manufacturer Mahindra, has made several headlines in recent years regarding their electrified vehicle concepts. Next to this year’s e-SIV, the manufacturer presented the Tivoli EV-R in 2015 in Geneva and the concepts KEV1, KEV2 and e-XIV from 2010 to 2012. They have so far not developed a serial production, which will now change.