New electric SsangYong Korando e-Motion revealed

Pure-electric SsangYong Korando e-Motion set to go on sale later this year, starting from around £30,000

2021 SsangYong Korando e-Motion
  • Set to be the quickest Korando
  • Around 200 miles of range expected
  • Due to go on sale in August starting from around £30,000

This is the new SsangYong Korando e-Motion SUV. It’s our first official look at the new car, which is the brand’s first fully electric model.

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SsangYong has confirmed the new Korando e-Motion will arrive in UK showrooms before the end of the year, with prices likely to start at around £30,000. The new electric SUV will be a direct rival to the Hyundai Kona Electric, Kia e-Niro and MG ZS EV.

2021 SsangYong Korando e-Motion: design

The e-Motion version of the Korando looks largely similar to the petrol and diesel-powered models, with only a few subtle design tweaks. At the front there’s a blanked-out grille and new front bumper, which replace the majority of the air intakes found on the conventional models to improve aerodynamics.

Other design changes include blue contrasting trim on the front bumper, wing mirror caps and rear doors to allude to the car’s electric powertrain. A set of aerodynamic alloy wheels are also fitted, along with LED headlights that appear to feature slim blue trim inserts. The bonnet is made from aluminium to reduce weight and therefore improve range.

Powertrain and performance

The brand has already confirmed the Korando e-Motion will be powered by a single electric motor and a 61.5kWh battery. This powertrain produces 187bhp, which will make it the most powerful option in the Korando lineup.

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.

Range and charging

SsangYong says the Korando e-Motion will manage around 260 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.

While the brand has not revealed any charging details, we expect that fast-charging and an accompanying app (to remotely charge the car and adjust the climate control) will be available, either as standard or as an option.

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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