SsangYong has taken the wraps off the Korando e-motion, which is that the brand’s first battery electric vehicle. The electrical SUV is slated to travel on sale in international markets later this year.
The SsangYong Korando e-motion is made on the Mahindra Electric Scalable and Modular Architecture (MESMA) platform, which can also underpin the eXUV300 in India. The modular architecture boasts a low-set, lithium-ion battery pack and may support multi-motor configurations. The MESMA platform also will underpin SsangYong’s Tivoli EV, which was spotted undergoing testing last year.
The Korando e-motion features a 61.5kWh battery supplied by LG Chem. SsangYong claims a golf range of 420km for the EV, although this figure was reached using the outdated NEDC test cycle. the electrical Korando’s real-world range should amount to around 322km under the newer WLTP test cycle.
Powering the Korando e-motion EV may be a 190hp motor . Performance figures haven’t been released yet, but SsangYong is promising “best-in-class” acceleration and a top speed within the region of 152kph.
A first glance at the Korando e-motion gives a well-known resemblance to the Mahindra eXUV300 that was shown at the Auto Expo 2020 in India. The Korando e-motion EV gets some styling tweaks to assist set it aside from the traditional Korando SUV. The EV features a smoother front bumper design and a blanked-off front grille to assist aerodynamics. The Korando e-motion also sports a special set of alloys and blue detailing lower down on the front bumper, on the mirrors and at rock bottom of the rear doors.
Mahindra-owned SsangYong had been incurring huge losses, which led the Indian manufacturer to prevent any longer investments and appearance for potential investors for the Korean carmaker in June last year.
However, in December 2020, SsangYong filed for court receivership after it defaulted on loan repayment of about 60 billion won (around Rs 393 crore), consistent with a Reuters report. The report further stated that South Korea’s trade ministry issued a press release saying, “Regardless of SsangYong’s filing for court receivership, negotiations of the SsangYong sale deal are still ongoing.”
Although SsangYong is probably going to either go solo or partner up with another manufacturer for its future products, the carmaker will still utilise Mahindra’s MESMA platform for the Korando e-motion SUV. As far as its India launch cares , it’s highly unlikely that the Korando e-motion are going to be offered in India.