2021 Electric SsangYong Korando E100 teased

New renders give a first look at SsangYong’s upcoming Korando EV

  • Set to be the quickest Korando
  • Around 200 miles of range expected
  • Due for reveal later this year before going on sale in April 2021

The new SsangYong Korando E100 electric SUV has been teased in new images. It’s SsangYong’s first electric car, and will be launched in April 2021 as a rival to the Hyundai Kona Electric, Kia e-Niro and Skoda Enyaq. We’ll get more details about the styling, powertrain and prices closer to the car’s launch.

There’ll be a few small styling changes over petrol and diesel-powered Korando models, including a blanked-out grille to improve aerodynamics and a much more sculpted front bumper with new air intakes. The bonnet is made from aluminium to reduce weight.

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This model brings a two-tone paint scheme and LED headlights, which are only available on top-spec Ultimate cars at the moment - suggesting the E100 will come with plenty of kit. In these images, the car features SsangYong’s domestic badge; UK cars are expected to get a different badge design.

It’ll have a single electric motor linked to a 61.5kWh battery. Together, the powertrain produces 188bhp, which will make it the most powerful option in the Korando line-up. The EV will also be the fastest-accelerating Korando and is likely to be the quickest model from 0-62mph in the current SsangYong range. No figures have been revealed yet, but the company teased ‘best-in-class’ acceleration. The top speed will be a modest 95mph to help conserve battery range.

SsangYong says the Korando E100 will manage 261 miles of range under the old NEDC lab-based testing cycle. We expect a WLTP real-world range closer to 200 miles, which would put it close to cars like the DS 3 Crossback E-Tense and the Nissan Leaf. We’d hope that fast-charging and an accompanying app (to remotely charge the car or adjust the climate control) will be available, either as standard or as an option.

The Korando is SsangYong’s family-sized SUV and it faces a sea of rivals, including the Peugeot 3008, SEAT Ateca and MG HS. At the moment, the electric version will have few direct rivals. The Kia e-Niro and Hyundai Kona Electric aren’t as spacious but offer more range, while the Volvo XC40 Recharge will be much more expensive than the Korando E100.

Prices are yet to be revealed, but we’d expect the electric model to carry a hefty premium over the petrol and diesel models. Once the Government’s £3,500 grant has been taken into account, expect a starting price of between £30-£35,000.

SsangYong is also planning a mild-hybrid diesel version of the Korando, which is due in 2022.

Read our guide to the cheapest electric cars, or see how the Korando stacks up against the cars in our best 4x4s list.

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