SsangYong Korando e-Motion (Ssangyong E100)’s fate unclear

The Korando e-Motion (Ssangyong E100) was expected to be released in the first half of 2021 in the home market. With SsangYong’s future hanging in the balance, it’s anyone’s guess when the launch of the E100 will happen.

Regardless, expecting a series of positive developments, YouTube channel 하이테크로 [HITEKRO] has created a rendering of the SsangYong electric SUV, which readers can see in the video below:

Video Source: YouTube/하이테크로 [HITEKRO]

After Mahindra & Mahindra’s failed attempt to find a buyer for SsangYong, the Korean automaker was placed under court ownership once again, Yonhap News Agency reported on 15 April 2021. M&M intends to exit Ssangyong and one of the potential companies identified for a stake sale was USA’s HAAH Automotive, but the deal didn’t go as planned.

The Seoul Bankruptcy Court will take a call on whether to revive SsangYong and, if so, how. EY Hanyoung has been tasked with conducting due diligence on its financial status for the same, and it has been asked to submit findings to the court by the 10th of June. Timelines are being pushed to keep the company afloat, even as local media reports say that HAAH and local manufacturer Edison Motors could be the interested buyers.

On the range of the Ssangyong E100

Ssangyong Motor’s first electric car, the Korando e-Motion, has been certified in South Korea. According to the government agency Korean Energy Management Corporation, the Korando e-Motion 2WD can drive 306 km in one full charge of battery.

The electric motor of the Korando e-Motion, mounted on the front axle, has a maximum output of 190 horsepower transferred to the road via 215/65 R17 wheels. Korean portal Top-Rider notes that the range of the Korando e-Motion is lower compared to competitors. The Kia Niro EV and Soul EV, which use 64 kWh batteries, do 386 km. Hyundai’s Kona Electric has a range of 406 km, and the recently launched Ioniq 5 runs up to 429 km, as per the local certification.

In January, SsangYong completed exhaust gas and noise certification from South Korea’s Ministry of Environment of a model labeled ‘Korando e-motion 2WD heat pump’. This confirmed that the 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. 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.

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In December, South Korean Youtube channel MOCAR 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 C-Segment SUV.

Unique styling for the Ssangyong E100

Spy shots posted on Korean forum 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.

Headlamp of the Ssangyong E100 electric SUV

Ssangyong E100 (codename) teasers & preliminary information

SsangYong said the upcoming electric SUV takes a new route to body design and uses different materials for maximum efficiency 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, particularly animals that have adapted to their environment through evolution, such as a shark’s fins and scales to reduce water wind resistance, thus displaying a design maturity with a dynamic style. Ssangyong’s electric vehicle is promised to deliver “a new level of product quality.” The E100 is regarded as the most important product launch for the financially troubled auto company in recent years. Still, a single model in the emerging EV category may not be enough for the S.Korean brand’s complete turnaround.

Korean auto site Auto Herald reported in May last year that Ssangyong had completed the registration of the name Korando e-Motion. 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, Korean reports claimed.

‘MESMA’ power for the Ssangyong E100

Ssangyong started testing its electric SUV prototypes in 2019. Powered by Mahindra’s MESMA electric architecture, a prototype was spotted at Alice Springs, Australia last year, signaling that the company was testing the car internationally involving various consultants.

The Korando E100 will be driven by a single motor, powered by a 61.5 kWh battery, Auto Express said in January last year. The top speed is expected to be limited at 153 km/h to offer better range but the acceleration is best in class, as per Auto Express.

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