Story: COLIN DAWSON
DO you run a business that takes you beyond tarmac, or needs to operate in all weathers? Then the latest 4×4 light commercial from SsangYong could well be a good prospect.
The new model, the Korando CSX, is equipped with a torque-on-demand four-wheel-drive system that monitors the level of grip available and distributes power to the wheels that need it most.
Under normal conditions the engine’s torque is directed to the front wheels so the van runs with the efficiency of a family hatchback. If the front tyres start to lose traction, power is automatically fed to the rear wheels to maintain progress with grip from all four wheels.
An all-wheel-drive lock mode is also provided to give a 50/50 spread of torque between the front and rear wheels at speeds up to 25mph, for situations requiring low-speed traction, for example, when driving up a slippery track or off a muddy building site while towing a trailer.
The van is also equipped with ESP with Hill Start Assist, and mud and snow tyres as standard.
The CSX is based on the passenger-carrying Korando SX but powered by a new, lower CO2 version of the Korando power unit. The 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine develops 149hp, and produces 360Nm of torque while CO2 emissions have been reduced to 157g/km.
It has a completely flat load area accessed via a high-lifting tailgate or two side doors, and offers a 1,312 cubic litre load volume. Load deck length is 1,525mm, and space between the wheel arches is 965mm, big enough to accommodate a Euro 1 pallet. The payload is 433kg. The Korando CSX will also tug a 2-tonne braked trailer.
Business van drivers will find the cab well equipped with tinted glass, leather-covered steering wheel and gear shift, cruise control, rear parking sensors, and a Kenwood MP3 CD & RDS radio with iPod & Bluetooth connectivity, remote audio controls and six speakers.
Prices start from £15,995 on the road (ex-VAT) and a five-year, limitless-mileage warranty is provided.
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