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Ssangyong Korando E-Motion 2022: Australian release possible for Korean electric SUV

 
Zak Adkins
Journalist

The first electric car from Korean brand Ssangyong could come to Australia, but it won’t be for some time


Originally revealed in June, the Korando E-Motion is the first electric vehicle from the South Korean car maker Ssangyong

With a relatively modest 339km driving range (WLTP), the E-Motion is powered by a single electric motor which produces 140kW of power and 360Nm of torque and sends it exclusively to the front wheels. 

Power comes from a 61.5kWh battery which is packaged neatly under the floor – like the majority of electric cars on the market today. 

Ssangyong Korando E-motion blue charging
The Korando E-Motion will have a WLTP range of 339km on a full charge

The Korando E-Motion will initially be offered in overseas markets such as Spain, where it will go on sale for the equivalent value of AUD$56,000 – which is not far off the price of the upcoming Volkswagen ID.4 – but the Korando promises higher specification for less money. 

Standard specification for the Korando E-Motion includes LED head and tail lights, 17-inch alloy wheels, heated and ventilated front seats, wireless smartphone charging, a 9.0-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 12.3-inch digital driving cluster and dual-zone climate control. 

Several safety features are included with the vehicle such as adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition, driver fatigue detection and AEB with pedestrian detection. 

Ssangyong Korando E-motion interior
Big interactive displays feature for the driver cluster and infotainment system

Charging the E-Motion should take around 11 hours on a standard home wall-box, but on a fast charger that time can be cut down to around one hour – meaning peak charging speeds of around 100kW. 

The Ssangyong Korando E-Motion will also go on sale in the UK in January 2022, so we will have to wait and see whether the E-Motion has a place in the market here in Australia.

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