SsangYong has revealed the images of the new Korando e-motion, an electric version of the brand’s compact SUV. Even with the cash struggles the company is speeding up its EV development and bringing out the new model as soon as possible. The new EV Korando will be based on Mahindra’s MESMA platform which underpins the eXUV300 and also the Tivoli EV which was spotted testing.
The Indian carmaker, Mahindra & Mahindra owns almost 75% of the company and has incurred huge losses. Since then the company has stopped investing for further development and is in search of a potential investor for the Korean maker. SsangYong filed for receivership in the Seoul Bankruptcy Court last December. This is in hopes of securing new investors for the companies future. The company is likely to go solo or partner up with another manufacturer for its future products.
SsangYong Korando: What we know
Mahindra Electric Scalable Modular Architecture (MESMA) is the electric architecture designed and developed in house by Mahindra for all its future electric vehicles. This platform is now going to be utilized in the Korando e-motion, giving a similar resemblance to the Mahindra eXUV300.
To differentiate the Korando EV from the IC engine version the company has tweaked the exterior a bit. It gets some trademark EV design elements, such as an aerodynamic blanked off grille with a new front bumper, new fog light arrangement and aerodynamic wheels. Blue trim detailing has been introduced around the car to highlight its electric credentials.
The Korando will make use of a 61.5 kWh battery pack and a single motor that is capable of producing 187bhp of peak power. The company claims a total range of 420km on a single charge, but this was under the NEDC test cycle which is outdated. Under the new WLTP test cycle, the car could make up to 322km on a single charge. The likes of SsangYong Korando EV making it to India is less. But Mahindra will launch the eXUV300 and many more EVs in the coming future.