SsangYong’s boxy new SUV on monitor, might include EV

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SsangYong Australia has confirmed the Torres remains to be on monitor for our market, and it’s eyeing the brand new electrical Torres EVX.

“EV Torres is actually on the radar and the petrol Torres remains to be on monitor for the top of the 12 months/early 2024,” mentioned an organization spokesperson.

The Torres has gotten off to a powerful begin within the Korean market, a lot so the corporate confirmed final 12 months it needed to delay a deliberate native launch. The SUV broke the model’s document for pre-orders in its residence market with 12,000 in complete.

On the time, SsangYong Australia mentioned a late 2023 launch was the probably state of affairs, although this up to date timing suggests it’s nonetheless a transferring goal.

The Torres was revealed in mid-2022 as a brand new mid-sized SUV for the SsangYong vary, slotting in above the 250mm-shorter Korando however under the 150mm-longer body-on-frame Rexton.

SsangYong adopted it up with the Torres EVX this month, an electrical model of the crossover which it’s set to completely reveal at this 12 months’s Seoul motor present which begins on March 30.

At 4700mm lengthy and 1890mm large, the Torres is nearly an identical in measurement to a Mitsubishi Outlander.

It’s supplied with both front- or all-wheel drive, with McPherson struts up entrance and multi-link suspension on the rear.

Powering the Torres is a turbocharged 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine shared with the Korando, producing 125kW of energy and 280Nm of torque. It’s mated with a six-speed computerized transmission.

Specs for the Torres EVX have but to be launched.

In E-Movement guise, the associated Korando encompasses a 61.5kWh battery and a front-mounted electrical motor with 140kW of energy, with a claimed WLTP vary of 339km.

The EVX encompasses a completely revised front-end, with a special grille, bumper and lighting.

It differs inside, too, swapping the combustion-powered mannequin’s separate 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment display and digital instrument cluster for a slick curved glass meeting housing each screens.

It’s unclear if the separate 8.0-inch local weather management display will stay within the EVX.

With each seating rows in use, SsangYong claims a beneficiant boot capability of 703 litres for the petrol Torres on the VDA normal – which means the boot is measured by filling the load area with litre blocks. This expands to 1662L with the second row folded.

Out there security gear contains eight airbags; plus autonomous emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, cross-traffic alert, secure exit warning, and adaptive cruise management with cease/go.

SsangYong has formally rebranded as KG Mobility, and the corporate’s chairman has indicated it’ll rebrand its automobiles, too.

The corporate has been transitioning fashions to the emblem it used within the Nineties, resembling two circles inside a bigger circle, as a substitute of the wing-like brand it has used lately or KG Mobility’s company brand.

SsangYong was saved from chapter by a consortium led by metal conglomerate KG Group late in 2022 with The Korea Herald reporting a price ticket of 950 billion received ($A1.026 billion).

That value is greater than thrice the 304.8 billion received that Korean electrical bus producer Edison Motors had agreed to pay for SsangYong, earlier than its deal was scuppered.

SsangYong Motor had been underneath court docket receivership since April 2021, after its mother or father Mahindra & Mahindra did not discover a new investor amid the pandemic and monetary difficulties.

The corporate’s residence life has been troubled for years, and it by no means appears to have a secure mother or father for lengthy.

Daewoo purchased a controlling stake within the firm in 1997, solely to dump it in 2000 because it skilled perilous monetary woes of its personal.

It endured a tumultuous few years underneath Chinese language possession, with SAIC Motor buying 51 per cent in 2004 however strolling away in 2009 and leaving it in receivership.

Mahindra & Mahindra was the subsequent mother or father to undertake SsangYong, buying a controlling stake of 70 per cent for 523 billion received in 2011.

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