The Ssangyong Korando Sports pick-up has been given a fresh new look for 2014 and added two new trim levels to the range. There’s a host of alterations over its predecessor, all with the hope of increasing its rugged appeal.
Now capable of towing 2.7 tonnes, the updated Korando features speed sensitive power steering, on demand four-wheel drive, multi-link rear suspension and a five year unlimited-mileage warranty – the only pick-up in its class offered with this benefit. Other features include a Euro pallet sized load deck and a choice of three new hard tops.
Entry-level SX trim comes fitted with 16-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth, a Kenwood sound system, air conditioning and central locking. Top-spec EX adds 18-inch alloy wheels, rear parking sensors and heated front seats. An automatic transmission is only offered with models specced in EX trim.
To help tackle more challenging terrain, ESP, Active Roll-over Protection (ARP) and Hill Start Assist are all fitted. Under the bonnet, the 149bhp 2.0-litre diesel engine remains, developing 360Nm of torque. Ssangyong claims economy of 37.7mpg.
Sales are currently underway with prices starting at £15,042 and £17,125 for SX and EX models respectively – excluding VAT if you're using it as a commercial vehicle. Automatic EX variants carry a premium over manual models, at £18,375.