After prolonged delays, the SsangYong Korando e-Motion finally broke cover on 15 June 2021. The Korando e-Motion is the first advertised electric vehicle from SsangYong, and production began on 14 June 2021.
Unique styling for the Ssangyong Korando e-Motion
The SsangYong Korando e-Motion features a modified front-end, typical of ICE-BEV conversions as cooling requirements are lower in an electric car. Unlike the regular Korando, the EV features only a lower air intake, with most of the front-end completely closed-off.
Instead of an upper grille, the electric Korando has a clean and sleek surface in the body colour, with an e-Motion badge. In addition, there’s a concave and textured surface in place of the black panel between the lamps. The recast lower bumper features a dotted section near the fog lamp housings with a blue highlight.
There are some distinctive cues on the Korando e-Motion’s sides, but they are not as extensive. The mirror housing is partly in blue, and the same is featured as a highlight on the rear door panels. The closed alloy wheel design is unique to the pure electric variant of the Korando. SsangYong has not revealed the rear-end, but we can see a clear-lens tail lamp in the only picture it has released.
The interior may have even fewer changes. Reports say that the all-electric Korando will come with a 10.25-inch fully digital instrument cluster and offer Level 2.5 autonomous driving functionality and IoT features.
Ssangyong Korando e-Motion preliminary information
SsangYong is yet to release the Korando e-Motion specs, but local media has already presented some details. According to the Korean Energy Management Corporation, a government agency, the Korando e-Motion 2WD can drive 306 km (190 miles) on a full charge.
The electric motor of the Korando e-Motion, mounted on the front axle, has a maximum output of 190 hp transferred to the road via 215/65 R17 wheels. Korean portal Top-Rider notes that the range of the Korando e-Motion is quite low.
The Ssangyong Korando e-Motion has a 61.5 kWh battery, an Auto Express report said in January last year. The top speed is expected to be limited at 153 km/h (95 mph) to offer a better range, but the acceleration is best in class, the report claimed.
The SsangYong Korando e-Motion would compete with slightly smaller electric SUVs like the Hyundai Kona Electric and the Kia e-Niro. The Kona EV offers a 305-km (190-mile) range with a standard-range 39.2 kWh battery pack and a 484-km (301-mile) range with an extended-range 64 kWh battery pack. The Kia e-Niro is available with the same battery pack options. It can travel 289 km (179 miles) in the standard-range configurations and up to 455 km (282 miles) in the extended-range configurations. Do note that the range ratings of e-Motion’s rivals are according to the WLTP standard, and cannot be compared with the Korean certification.
In January, SsangYong completed exhaust gas and noise certification from South Korea’s Ministry of Environment of a model labelled ‘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.
SsangYong plans to start shipping the Korando e-Motion to Europe in August and commence sales there in October. In addition, the company has confirmed that it plans to launch its first EV in the UK this year. In 2022, it will unveil and start producing a new mid-size electric SUV (codename: SsangYong J100). Later, it will introduce an electric pick-up as well, but much of these plans depends on how soon the company can find a new owner.
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