Well-known Korean rendering site KooKiSung Studio has released a near-production rendering of the SsangYong E100 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 14 consecutive quarters without posting a profit. Mahindra is in discussion with several interested parties which reportedly include a South Korean and Chinese car companies to buy its stake.
Variants of the Ssangyong E100 are likely to compete with the other new South Korean electric crossover, the Hyundai Ioniq 5, next year in the domestic market.
July 28, 2020 –
Unique styling for the E100 including blue body accents
Spy shots posted on Korean forum Autospy.net expose the SsangYong Korando EV having headlamps in a design nearly identical to the standard variant. However, they have 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.
July 20, 2020 –
Ssangyong E100 (codename) teasers & preliminary information
The Mahindra Group’s Ssangyong Motor today released the first teasers of the all-electric SUV that is to come out next year. Developed under the codename Ssangyong E100, pictures of the all-new electric vehicle graphically reveals its exterior design. The mid-sized family SUV, says Ssangyong, takes a new route to body design and uses new materials for maximum efficiency.
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 says the 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 first electric vehicle launches in the first half of 2021 in the global market, promising “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.
July 3, 2020 –
Ssangyong has confirmed that it is on course to launch its first electric SUV early next year. The South Korean utility vehicle brand, which is part of the Mahindra Group, is not in good shape having posted losses for the 13th consecutive quarter this year and burdened with heavy debt. Mahindra, which is relooking subsidiaries that are loosing money, has said that it would invest no further in Ssangyong, raising questions on the product programs that were in the pipeline.
On 1 July, Ssangyong said that it will invest in product development for the future including Korea’s first mid-sized electric SUV to be released in early 2021.
11 May, 2020 –
Ssangyong ‘Korando e-Motion’ could be the final name of the E100
SsangYong’s first fully-electric model is named the Korando e-Motion and the e-SUV will be unveiled by the end of 2020, reports Korean auto site AutoHerald. The sale of Ssangyong Korando e-Motion in South Korea will start in January 2021, the report adds.
Ssangyong is claimed to have completed the registration of the name and is in the final stages of testing and development. 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.
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. Believed to be powered by Mahindra’s MESMA electric architecture, a prototype was spotted earlier this year at Alice Springs, Australia by a WhichCar reader. 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 car.
1 January 2020 –
British publication Auto Express reports that Mahindra-owned SsangYong Motor will launch its first-ever electric SUV in the first quarter of 2021. Based on the new SsangYong Korando, it is expected to be called Korando E100, and was previewed by the Ssangyong e-SIV concept at the Geneva Motor Show 2018. The Korando E100 will 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.
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 a report on 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 Auto Express report states 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 XUV300.
Back home, Dr Pawan Goenka, MD of Mahindra & Mahindra has said the company will be launching the eXUV300 in the middle of 2021 and the car will be made available in two range options – standard and long-range. The standard range of eXUV300 will offer a range of over 370 km in a single charge and will be competing against Tata Nexon EV. Mahindra will be positioning 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. Mahindra will also be making EVs more affordable for the masses when it brings out the eKUV100 that was announced with a price tag of Rs 8.25 lakh ex-showroom at the Auto Expo 2020. The eKUV100 was planned to be launched during the first quarter of FY2021 but the current coronavirus lockdown has pushed back the plans. Keep following this space for more information.