South Korean car maker Ssangyong has sold its rights in India to Mahindra, which is considered as one of the leading automobile companies in India. After this takeover, Mahindra Ssangyong has shown its two conceptual SUV releases Rexton and Korando to the public. But the Indian manufacturer showed their priority towards Rexton, as Rexton has features which are quite suitable for the Indian roads. Taking this into consideration Ssangyong has released the Rexton in the Indian market in 2012.
After a successful release, Ssangyong Rexton is slowly getting its share in the Indian market. So after the successful release of Rexton, Mahindra is planning to launch the Korando to the Indian market by making some changes to the likes of the Indian market. The SUV which is going to released soon in the Indian market is the Fifth Generation Korando which was displayed in Busson Motor Show.
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Interesting Facts: The name “Koranda” is a historical name of “Korea”. As Ssangyong is a Korean based company it choose the historical name of Korea as its car label. Giogetto Giugiare is a famous Italian automobile designer who is well known for his designs in Fiat, is also involved in designing this SUV.
Let’s jump back to reviewing some salient features of this car so that we can get to a point where we can decide, whether this car has enough features to rock on the Indian roads & capture millions of hearts or it’s just an ordinary release.
The exterior of the car looks very aggressive and sharp looking. The masculine aspects of the car body are well designed and these looks will be one of the most considerable assets of this car. The angular shaped design and most importantly the large wheel arches with flares look stunning and very catchy. The double lined slat grille on the front gives an added beauty to the front.The back is also neatly designed with dual chrome exhausts complementing the front looks. The hexagonal Fog-lamps with LED touching at the front and high mounted stop lights looks good and well placed. The edgy design at the sides of the car is fantastic and it provides good looks to the car. The roof rails make this car quite suitable for touring. The car has long wheel bases which makes it quite suitable on every road.
The interiors look great and well designed. The dashboard looks out-dated but well-furnished with controls and the console is neatly designed with some tech gadgets such as the satellite navigation systems attached to a central touch screen control system. Not only SATNAV, but many other controlling features of this car are attached to the central touch screen system which makes it quite easy for every user to use it. Other features such as the AC-Vents, Music/IPod Player, Climate Control, Cruise-Control, and Central Locking Systems are also given in this car. The High end model can get heating seats as well. The only drawback in the interior is the presence of some cheap plastic which will impact the rating.
Review: Engine, Performance and Driving
The Ssangyong Korando was initially powered by a 2.0-Litre Isuzu Engine. After having an alliance with Mercedes-Benz, one of the world leading automobile manufacturer the Isuzu engine was replaced by the monstrous 2.3-litre Mercedes-Benz engine. This engine helps Korando tremendously, as many folks turned thier heads to Korando due to this engine upgrade. This monstrous engine has drastically changed the performance of the car as the 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine is able to power out 175PS and 360Nm of peak torque and it can reach higher speeds within less time. This power makes the car more suitable for on road and off-road driving. The 6 speed manual/automatic transmission gives a precise and balanced amount of power to the car. The added height due to the large wheel base will surely increase the driving experience as the driver can see the road very clearly. The drawback in this is that the engine is sometimes noisy and produces a harsh grunt.
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With greater performance, the car should have increased safety measure so the peoples inside are safe at high speeds. Hence Ssangyong gives high priority to safety along with performance. The car is provided with safety measures such as the ABS+EBD, Airbags, ESP (Electronic Stability Program) control, Hill Start Assist (HSA) and Active Roll-over Protection (ARP) which certainly adds more protection to this car. These measures have to be provided by Ssangyong, after all the company is targeting 65 dealers across the country. These kinds of features must be provided in order to please them.
Rivalry & Running Cost:
The car faces rivalry from cars such as Chevrolet Captiva, Renault Koleos, Toyota fortuner in its class and in price tag too, as the car is set to have a price tag between 15-20 Lakhs.
Like the previous Ssangyong release Rexton and Korando, also will be produced by Mahindra at their Chakan plant with 22 percent localization. This will allow the manufacture to decide its price tag in a decent way ( and yes the company should consider the pricing of its rivals before deciding the price ). If the company sets the price nominal then this car will see the success of the Rexton model. The yes, five year mileage warranty will be considered as one of the best aspects with this car 🙂