All-electric SsangYong Korando teased ahead of 2021 launch

SsangYong has launched its teaser campaign for the Korando EV, which will go on sale in early 2021 with an expected 200-mile range

SsangYong has teased an all-electric version of the Korando SUV, which will be the company’s first electric vehicle when it goes on sale in 2021.

When it arrives it will offer cut-price competition for the likes of the Hyundai Kona Electric, Kia e-Niro and the upcoming Dacia Spring Electric.

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These teaser images provide our first official look at the Korando EV’s styling. Judging by SsangYong’s sketches, the adoption of electric power won’t result in a large redesign. The headlights appear identical to petrol and diesel versions of the car, as does the plastic body cladding, brightwork and panel mouldings.

However, to suitably distance the petrol and electric cars, SsangYong will fit a smoother front bumper to the latter, along with a blanked-off radiator grille and repositioned fog lamps – all of which should help to eke a few more miles from the EV’s battery pack.

The Korando EV will be powered by a single electric motor producing 188bhp – or 27bhp more than the turbocharged 1.5-litre petrol engine fitted to the crossover’s current flagship model. As with many EVs at this end of the market, the electric Korando’s top speed should also be restricted to 95mph, to limit its battery consumption.

The Korando EV’s battery will be produced by LG Chem, and has a 61.5kWh capacity. That’s enough, says SsangYong, for a range of more than 260 miles on the outdated NEDC testing cycle. And while the figure is a little down on the 339-mile NEDC range claimed by the Hyundai Kona Electric, the battery should still allow for a real-world range of over 200 miles.

It will go on sale in the UK next April, but prices are a long way from being finalised. However, we expect the electric Korando will target the same price-point selected by its 64kWh battery rivals from Hyundai and Kia – both of which carry price-tags of around £36,000, once the Government’s £3,000 plug-in vehicle grant has been applied.

SsangYong will continue to electrify the Korando range over the coming years, with a mild hybrid diesel variant following on from this pure-electric model in 2022.

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