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New SsangYong Torres unveiled on social media

SsangYong’s new Torres will take on the electric SUV market in 2023

This is our first full look at the new Torres SUV from Korean manufacturer SsangYong and it’s set to launch in all-electric form in the UK next year. Within SsangYong’s SUV lineup it sits between the Korando and Rexton in terms of size, so we expect a starting price tag of around £30,000. 

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The Torres gets its name from the Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia. This new shot of the front shows it’s a rugged-looking SUV that’s a big visual departure from anything in the current SsangYong line-up. 

At the front we see vertical grille slats, what looks to be a red cap for the towing eye and that the silver lower part of the bumper is fashioned into a skid-plate. There’s chunky wheel arch trim at the side, side steps and a storage box mounted high on the flank akin to the current Land Rover Defender’s optional side-mounted ‘Gear Carrier’. 

Inside we see a much more modern and premium-looking cabin than we’ve been used to from SsangYong, with a larger central touchscreen separated from the dash. There is also a smaller screen below it, split by some air vents. A third screen sits on the centre console and the driver gets their own display screen, too. On the steering wheel we see the Korean version of the SsangYong badge. 

SsangYong will begin production of the “tough and rugged” Torres firstly for the South Korean market. Auto Express understands the European version will be an electric-only Torres and it won’t arrive until 2023. Once here, the EV derivative will take on the likes of the Skoda Enyaq and Volkswagen ID.4 but with a lower price tag. 

No technical specifications for the car have been announced, although the confirmation of both electric and combustion powertrains in other markets suggests it could use an adapted combustion-engined platform, much like the new Korando e-Motion.  The manufacturer has also previously said that it is developing an all-electric pick-up truck, which could end up being a derivative of the Torres.

Do you like the look of the Torres? Let us know in the comments...

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A keen petrol-head, Alastair Crooks has a degree in journalism and worked as a car salesman for a variety of manufacturers before joining Auto Express in Spring 2019 as a Content Editor. Now, as our senior news reporter, his daily duties involve tracking down the latest news and writing reviews.

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