The SsangYong Korando e-Motion, internally called SsangYong E100, will have its world premiere next month, as per a new report from autodaily.co.kr. February 2021 is also the month Hyundai Motor Group has set for the unveiling of the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and the variants of the two Korean electric vehicles would compete in price.
In a recent update, SsangYong completed exhaust gas and noise certification from South Korea’s Ministry of Environment of a model labelled ‘Korando e-motion 2WD heat pump’ on the 15th of this month. This confirms that e-Motion electric SUV would be available in a single-motor two-wheel drive variant. The range of an EV can significantly reduce during winter as low temperature increases the internal resistance of Lithium-ion batteries, and on top of that, more energy is spent on cabin heating. A heat pump is used to overcome this natural shortcoming of reduction in efficiency during winter.
Last month, South Korean Youtube channel MOCAR recently featured a short clip of a Ssangyong E100 test mule from a parking facility. The channel talked about how soft touches like blue accents in the lamp, closed grille, and different bumpers express the Eco-friendliness of the car.
South Korea’s Maeil Business Newspaper (mkr.co.kr) reported in November that Ssangyong Motor would introduce the E100 electric SUV in March 2021. However, according to the new report, deliveries are expected to be delayed from that originally scheduled month.
In August 2020, Korean car enthusiast KooKiSung Studio released a near-production rendering of the SsangYong E100 (below) on blog.naver.com. The mid-size electric SUV is seen as a potential lifeline for the Mahindra-owned utility vehicle specialist which has run through over a dozen consecutive quarters without posting a profit. Mahindra wants to exit Ssangyong and one of the potential companies identified for a stake sale is USA’s HAAH Automotive.
Unique styling for the E100 including blue body accents
Spy shots posted on Korean forum Autospy.net in July 2020 showed the SsangYong Korando EV having headlamps in a design nearly identical to the standard variant. However, they revealed a unique blue accent instead of the standard variant’s chrome accent in the assembly. The light structure, on the other hand, would be the same. Unique alloy wheels in a more aerodynamic design are also expected on the upcoming electric SUV apart from an aluminium bonnet and a closed-off grille area.
Ssangyong E100 (codename) teasers & preliminary information
The upcoming electric SUV takes a new route to body design and uses different materials for maximum efficiency, SsangYong said while releasing renders last year. A voluminous yet aerodynamic outline is used and styling is adopted for urban driving. Improving energy efficiency is a hood made using aluminium and a closed radiator grille among other changes to decrease weight, improve aerodynamics and enhance the car’s centre of gravity.
Ssangyong said the e-SUV’s design is inspired by nature, and particularly animals that have adapted to their environment through evolution such as a shark’s fins and the form of scales to reduce water and wind resistance, thus displaying a design maturity with a dynamic style.
Ssangyong’s electric vehicle has been promised to deliver “a new level of product quality.” The Ssangyong E100 is regarded as the most important product launch for the financially troubled auto company in recent years.
Ssangyong ‘Korando e-Motion’ could be the final name of the E100
SsangYong’s first fully-electric model is named the Korando e-Motion, Korean auto site AutoHerald reported in May last year. Ssangyong is claimed to have completed the registration of the name. The design prototype e-SIV presented at the Geneva Motor Show 2018 articulated the future of the Ssangyong electric SUV with a closed-off grille lined with a connected chrome bar and a horizontally styled ‘intake’ flanked by lamps with a blueish hue. These styling changes will set the Korando e-motion apart from the ICE-powered variant, it said.
Inside, the e-Motion will feature a 10.25-inch fully digital instrument cluster, Level 2.5 autonomous driving functionality and IoT features. The C-segment electric SUV, as per AutoHerald, will have a range of over 400 km and driven by a single motor.
‘MESMA’ power for the Mahindra eXUV300 & Ssangyong E100
Ssangyong started testing its electric SUV prototypes in 2019. Powered by Mahindra’s MESMA electric architecture, a prototype was spotted by a WhichCar reader at Alice Springs, Australia last year. In India, the Mahindra eXUV300 will be the first car to be built on the MESMA architecture, which was shown at the Auto Expo 2020 as a near-production concept.
The Korando E100 will reportedly be driven by a single motor, powered by a 61.5 kWh battery that provides it a range of 420 km on NEDC cycle, translating to around 322 km in real world range, Auto Express said in January last year. The motor, rated at 140 kW (188 hp), will make the E100 the most potent Korando variant. The top speed is expected to be limited at 153 km/h to offer better range but the acceleration is said to be the best in class, as per Auto Express.
Ssangyong is also working on a dedicated EV architecture that will launch in 2024, and support 3-4 SUVs in the C- and D-Segment in the second half of this decade. The British media report stated that Ssangyong will also introduce an electric version of the regular Tivoli in the meantime, the car that is modified and sold in India as the Mahindra XUV300.
Second MESMA-powered performance SUV coming out by early 2022
Back home, Dr Pawan Goenka, MD of Mahindra & Mahindra has confirmed the company will be launching the eXUV300 by early 2022 and sell it in two range options – standard and long-range. The eXUV300 will provide a range of 375 km in a single charge and compete against the Tata Nexon EV. Mahindra will position the long-range eXUV300 as a cheaper alternative to the Hyundai Kona and MG ZS EV which are CKD imports.
Considering that the Tata Nexon EV starts at Rs 13.99 lakhs, we can expect Mahindra to comfortably undercut this number.