Korando pick-up highlights
- SsangYong pick-up range now starts from just £14,495 CVOTR
- New DMZ ‘camo’ limited edition now on sale
- 1 tonne payload, 2.7 tonne towing capacity
- Coil spring multi-link rear suspension
- Run one as a company car for just £630 company car tax a year (20% tax payer)
SSANGYONG is earning a solid reputation for value and quality, and nowhere is this more evident than with its Korando Sports 1 tonne pick-up.
And now a camouflage special stars in Ssangyong’s Korando double cab pick-up range which is priced from under £14,500 ex VAT.
For those choosing one as a company car, after all the double cab is a full five-seater and it’s really versatile for all kinds of leisure pursuits, there are huge tax advantages, like an annual benefit-in-kind bill from around £630 or just £1,260 if you’re on 40% tax.
Korean engineered and built, the Korando Sports has a reputation for durability, and is the only pick-up to come with a five-year limitless mileage warranty.
The range now comprises three models, the S, SX and EX with prices from just £14,495 – £18,195 (ex VAT).
Limited edition DMZ ‘camo’ special
Based on the top-of-the-range EX automatic, the new Korando Sports DMZ is a limited edition model featuring full camouflage paintwork, roof rails and 18-inch alloy wheels, and priced at £19,195 (ex VAT).
Paul Williams, CEO of SsangYong Motor UK, said: “With its keen price and comprehensive list of standard equipment, Korando Sports gives you a lot of vehicle for the money – from £14,495 (ex VAT), and the reassurance of a five-year limitless mileage warranty for complete peace of mind.
“It can be loaded like a truck yet still drives like a car, and really is the best value pick-up you can buy!
“The DMZ is a bit of fun. We ordered a short run initially but they were instantly snapped-up by our dealers, so we think it could prove particularly popular with owner drivers.”
Korando Sports is powered by SsangYong’s e-XDi 2 litre diesel engine, and provides maximum power of 155PS and peak torque of 360Nm delivered between 1,500rpm and 2,800rpm providing ample performance both on and off road, and fuel economy of up to 37.7 mpg on the combined cycle.
The vehicle has good levels of NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) and comes with on-demand 4-wheel drive, a full 1 tonne payload and a towing capability of up to 2.7 tonnes.
A real workhorse, the pick-up features a large, flat rear deck giving a 2.04m2 load area to take a Euro pallet, and fitted with load deck liner and anchor points. A range of optional rigid hard tops to provide weather protection and security to the load area is also available.
Also and unusually for the segment, the SsangYong Korando Sports also features a live rear axle supported by a sophisticated multi-link rear suspension system with progressive coil springs to give a comfortable, car like ride, instead of the more dated leaf springs employed on many other pick-ups.
Three models – S, SX & EX
In addition to DMZ there are three models to choose from. The S is the lowest priced double cab pick-up on the market at just £14,495 (ex VAT). The SX is a step up and extremely well equipped with 18-inch alloy wheels, tinted glass, air conditioning, leather covered steering wheel, remote central locking, an MP3 CD & RDS radio with a USB & auxiliary port and Bluetooth connectivity as well as speed sensitive power assisted steering. The Korando Sports SX costs £15,395 (ex VAT).
The EX also features 18-inch alloy wheels, and adds the luxury touch of leather upholstery with heated front seats, powered driver’s seat, heated, electrically adjustable and power folding door mirrors and rear parking sensors. A Mercedes-Benz 5-speed automatic transmission with cruise control is also available as an option. The EX with manual transmission is £16,995 (ex VAT), and with automatic transmission, £18,195 (ex VAT).
5-year limitless mileage warranty
As with all models in the SsangYong range, the new Korando Sports 1 tonne pick-up is covered by a -five-year limitless mileage warranty.
Designed to be totally transparent and give customers complete peace of mind, ‘limitless’ means just that: not a maximum mileage condition that some brands impose in their small print.
All the major mechanical components are covered including wheel bearings, suspension joints and bushes, steering joints, shock absorbers and even the audio system.
Wearable components such as clutch discs and brake friction materials which could have their life reduced by poor driving are covered for one year or 12,000 miles, and the battery and paintwork for three years.