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Mahindra SsangYong Korando Overview

Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd bought the Korean entity, Ssangyong back in 2011 and one of the first products that was expected to see the light of day in the country, resulting out of this takeover was the Korando C SUV. However, the Indian automaker decided to give the priority to the Rexton SUV instead, which made its commercial launch in 2012. Now that, the Rexton SUV has settled well into the Indian market and established its base, Mahindra has started prepping the next SUV from the Ssangyong line-up for its debut in the country. Ssangyong has been building SUVs since the 1983 under the Korando badging and the model that is headed to India is in its fifth generation that was previewed at the 2010 Busan Motor Show. This product has been designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro of Italdesign fame and has become quite popular in the international markets, for its aggressive body, angular design and large flared wheel arches. At the front there are the hexagonal fog lamps, the double slat grille, which accommodates the large Ssangyong badge. The headlamps are wraparound and get LED treatment. There is the large black plastic cladding all around the lower part of the body. At the back, the Korando C features dual chrome exhausts, rear spoiler and brake lights.

Mahindra SsangYong Korando Interior

On the inside, the SUV features all the conventional tech and gadgetry that one would expect from a Korean car. There is the touchscreen satellite navigation system, which can be controlled via the dials on the centre console or via the steering mounted controls. Feature wise, the SUV has been equipped with ABS, EBD, two airbags, cruise control, climate control and newly designed alloy wheels.

Mahindra SsangYong Korando Engine & Transmission

Initially, the Korando SUV was being powered by a 2.0-litre Isuzu engine, but later it was ditched for the more powerful and frugal 2.3-litre Mercedes Benz engine. The 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine is able to churn out 175PS and 360Nm of peak torque. The engine comes mated to a 6-Speed manual automatic transmission that sends power to the front wheels. An all wheel drive option is also available with the Korando C.

What do we think about Mahindra SsangYong Korando?

The Ssangyong Korando C will be built at its parent company Mahindra’s plant in Chakan near Pune. This will help the Indian automaker to launch the SUV at a very aggressive price, owing to almost 22 per cent localisation. In the Indian market, the Ssangyong Korando C will compete with the likes of Chevrolet Captiva, Renault Koleos and the Skoda Yeti. Mahindra SsangYong Korando expected launch in India by Dec 2017.

*Disclaimer: The date of launch is tentative and purely based on the information received from OEMs. Autoportal will not be responsible for any discrepancy and delay with the launch dates.

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