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All-new KGM Torres is a £35k SUV from reborn SsangYong

The South Korean firm brings its all-new SUV to the UK, with rugged styling and a fresh new name

  • Family SUV with rugged looks
  • 1.5-litre petrol engine
  • Fully electric Torres EVX to follow in April

This is the KGM Torres, a new family SUV available to order now in the UK. Formally known as SsangYong, the South Korean manufacturer underwent a rebranding process last year and the Torres is the first all-new model to be launched in the UK under the ‘KGM’ name.

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We first covered the KGM Torres in 2022 following its initial reveal, but at the time there was no mention of a petrol-powered variant making it to the UK. It seems the rebranding process has brought a fresh lineup strategy, as the Torres will now launch with a 1.5-litre petrol engine with the fully electric Torres EVX to follow in April.

What does the KGM Torres look like?

KGM describes the Torres as sitting between the typical mid-size and large SUVs currently on sale, with its length of 4,700mm aligning closest with the BMW X3 and Honda CR-V. Its styling is a departure from KGM’s existing lineup; there are various squared-off styling details and a generally rugged demeanour to exemplify the brand’s new “powered by toughness” design language.

The front end is defined by strong vertical and horizontal lines, along with a pair of LED daytime running lights reminiscent of the first-generation Range Rover Evoque. You’ll notice various silver-painted accents around the exterior, adding to what KGM calls a “rugged and tough aesthetic”.

The electric Torres EVX gets a unique look of its own, with an arrangement of thin horizontal LED running lights across the nose sitting above an entirely different bumper, as well as unique wheels.

What about the interior of the KGM Torres?

Inside, you’re greeted by a pair of 12.3-inch digital displays – one for the driver and one for infotainment. It’s a simple, minimalist layout, similar to some interiors we’ve seen in the latest Kias and Hyundais. There’s leather upholstery, along with metal trim pieces and ambient lighting.

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There’s all the usual connectivity, including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and USB ports, although the lack of interior buttons suggests that media and climate controls will be handled through the central touchscreen or steering wheel shortcuts.

What engines are available with the KGM Torres?

There’s only one petrol engine available for the KGM Torres – a 1.5-litre four-cylinder. It produces 161bhp and drives either the front or all four wheels – depending on spec – through a six-speed automatic gearbox. While it certainly won’t accelerate like a sports car, the Torres has enough grunt to tow up to 1.5 tonnes.

The electric Torres EVX is the more powerful option, with a single 204bhp motor powered by a 73kWh battery. The system provides the Torres EVX with up to 287 miles of range and it retains the 1.5-tonne towing capacity of the petrol variant. 

How much does the KGM Torres cost and when can I order one?

The entry-level Torres K30 starts from £34,995, with the K40 model costing £37,995. The latter is available with four-wheel drive, adding another £2,000. 

Torres K30 and K40 models are available to order now, while the four-wheel drive model is expected to join the lineup in the summer. Pricing for the electric Torres EVX is expected to be revealed shortly before its scheduled launch in April.

There are plenty of SUVs on sale to rival the KGM Torres – read our top 10 list to find out which are best...

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