Ssangyong's tough, new Korando 4WD
hardtop has debuted in Australia priced under \$35,000.
The rugged, 3-door Korando features go-anywhere 4WD ability with luxury vehicle
appointments and has been an instant success in its home market and in Europe where it was
launched late last year.
The Korando is the second of Ssangyong's successful off-road sports vehicles to reach
Australia following in the footsteps of the larger Musso - of which more than 2,000 now
belong on Australian roads.
Available as a hardtop with a swing-open rear door, the new Korando also features
Mercedes-Benz technology in the form of a willing double overhead camshaft, 2.3 litre
multi-valve 4-cylinder engine.
The venerable 4-cylinder power plant has already appeared in more than 5,000 Mercedes-Benz
vehicles passenger cars registered in Australia. The Korando produces 104 kW power and a
highly-usable 220 Nm torque for the toughest off-road conditions.
Similar to the Musso diesel, the Korando features an innovative, electronic dashboard
control which enables the driver to switch between 2WD and 4WD (high range) "on the
fly" at speeds of up to 70 km/h. The selection of low-ratio is made while the vehicle
is stationary. Available with either a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission,
the Korando features alloy wheels, air-conditioning and wood-grain interior trim as well
as a driver's side airbag.
Also included are electrically adjustable windows and mirrors, central locking.
The five-speed manual transmission Korando is priced at \$34,850 while the automatic
(which additionally includes ABS and ABD traction control) is priced at \$39,600.
Although designed to appeal to the fashion-conscious young motorist, the Korando is
also tough enough to go to war.
Its rugged separate chassis, long-travel suspension and sophisticated 'shift on-the-fly'
selectable 4WD control satisfies the service requirements of the South Korean Army with
only minor modifications.
Striking Exterior, Stylish Interior
Korando is based on a shortened chassis from the larger Musso and features an
unashamedly aggressive look with strong, visual links to the original American 'Willey's
Jeep - but brought right up to date.
Key features are a spacious, 3-door body which offers uncharacteristically good luggage
space plus five-seat accommodation - a rarity among short- wheelbase off-roaders.
The luxurious, high quality interior contrasts sharply with Korando's 'heavy-duty'
external appearance, featuring probably the most stylish and car-like detailing in its
Engineered to Please Both Mud-Pluggers & Style Seekers
Ssangyong Korando has been engineered to please both serious off roaders and drivers
seeking a 'lifestyle' fashion 4x4 where appearance and on-road manners just as important
than departure angles. Although designed for challenging of-road use, Korando has also
been developed for a smooth ride and precise handling thanks to, for example,
power-assisted rack and pinion steering for greater steering feel compared to the more
common recirculating-ball system.
A longer than many wheelbase helps eliminate the choppy ride which afflicts many sports
utilities, while the long-travel torsion bar independent front suspension also aids ride
Korando's rear suspension a via a coil-spring axle with five links for accurate location,
good off-road articulation and reduced bodyroll. Front and rear anti-roll bars also
contribute to taut handling and minimise cornering-lean.
Its overall length is 4330mm, height 1840mm, width 1841mm, and wheelbase 2480mm. Front and
rear tracks are an exceptionally generous 1510mm (front) and 1520mm (rear) which, like the
long wheelbase, also aids stability and handling.
Easy to Use 4x4 Transmission
Korando's conventional 5-speed manual transmission, supplied by Borg Warner, is
complemented by an electronically controlled Borg-Warner dual-range transfer box.
Distributed by Mercedes-Benz Australia, the Korando is available from authorized
The Korando is covered by Ssangyong's Three-Year, 100,000 km factory warranty and 24-Hour
Who is Ssangyong?
The Ssangyong Motor Company is Korea's fourth largest automotive manufacturer and has
produced commercial vehicles for more than 40 years. Daimler-Benz AG is a minority
shareholder in the Ssangyong Motor Company and shares its technical resources.