2017 SsangYong Korando: prices and specs released

Facelift for mid-size SUV to keep pace with rivals

The SsangYong Korando has been given a makeover to keep it in the race with popular SUVs including the recently updated Ford Kuga and popular Renault Kadjar.

When it launched in 2011, the SsangYong Korando was one of the first models from South Korea’s oldest car brand designed to appeal directly to Europeans. Now, the grille has been widened and the headlights have been updated with a strip of LEDs to keep it up-to-date with recent SUV trends.

2017 SsangYong Korando updates

With 11 individual lenses at each side, the ‘high-luminescent’ LED bulbs should help the Korando to stand out amid a sea of new arrivals, while other changes include 18-inch diamond-cut five-spoke alloy wheels. Inside, the steering wheel has been redesigned to be better to hold and a ‘super-vision’ instrument cluster will allow drivers to choose between six different colours of illumination to suit their personal preference.

The facelifted Korando’s infotainment system has a seven-inch display and supports ‘mirroring’, where compatible smartphone apps can be shown and controlled via the display. You’ll also be able to add TomTom sat nav and connect via Bluetooth or plug in an iPod.

For the first time, a front-facing camera were also be offered as well as the reversing camera, which is said to allow for better monitoring of blind spots around the Korando when parking or travelling at low speeds.

Engines

While a 2.0-litre petrol is offered in some markets, UK customers are likely to get just the 176bhp 2.2-litre diesel currently available in the Korando. You’ll be able to choose between a six-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed automatic, along with either front or four-wheel-drive.

Trims

The Korando is being offered in two trim levels. SE models come with air-conditioning, tinted windows, Bluetooth connectivity and roof rails. The ELX model costs a further £3,500 and adds all-round parking sensors, a reversing camera, 18-inch alloy wheels, a seven-inch touchscreen, sat nav, leather, heated seats and a heated steering wheel.

The cheapest Korando is the front-wheel drive SE version, but you can upgrade this to four-wheel drive for £1,500. An automatic gearbox is a further £1,500, but note you can only have this if you go for the ELX Korando, which comes with four-wheel drive as standard.

Price and on-sale date

The front-wheel drive Korando SE is £17,000, while the 4x4 SE model is £18,500. The ELX 4x4 is £22,000, and the range-topping Korando ELX 4x4 automatic is £23,500. The Korando comes with a five-year/unlimited-mileage warranty, which cover all major mechanical components like wheel bearings, bushes and suspension components, making it one of the most comprehensive on the market. Order books are open now.

Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

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