Ssangyong Korando SUV e-motion EV based on Mahindra MESMA unveiled

Soham Thakur

Ssangyong unveiled the Korando e-motion, which is the brand’s first battery electric car. This electric SUV is planned to be sold on the international market later this year.

  • Powered by a 190 horsepower electric motor, the maximum speed is about 152 km/h
  • Get a 61.5kWh battery, which should provide 320 kilometers of cruising range
  • Has a new bumper and closed front grille

Ssangyong Korando e-motion: Under the skin

SsangYong Korando e-motion is built on Mahindra Electric Scalable and Modular Architecture (MESMA) platform, which will also support eXUV300 in India. The modular architecture has a small lithium-ion battery pack that can support multiple motor configurations. The MESMA platform will also support Ssangyong’s Tivoli EV, was found to be undergoing testing last year.

Korando e-motion is equipped with a 61.5kWh battery provided by LG Chem. Ssangyong claims that the electric vehicle has a driving range of 420 kilometers, although this figure was achieved using the outdated NEDC test cycle. Under the newer WLTP test cycle, the actual cruising range of the electric Korando should reach about 322 kilometers.

Powering the Korando e-motion EV is a 190 horsepower electric motor. Performance data has not yet been announced, but Ssangyong promises “first-class” acceleration and a top speed of 152 km/h.

SsangYong Korando e-motion: design and styling

At first glance, the Korando e-motion is similar to the Mahindra eXUV300 exhibited at the 2020 India Auto Expo. The Korando e-motion EV has made some styling adjustments to help differentiate it from the traditional Korando SUV. The EV has a smoother front bumper design and a closed front grille to improve aerodynamic performance. Korando e-motion also uses different alloys and blue details on the front bumper, rearview mirror and bottom of the rear door.

Mahindra and Ssangyong

Mahindra’s Ssangyong has been suffering huge losses, which has led the Indian manufacturer Stop any further investment And in June last year, it looked for potential investors for this South Korean car manufacturer.

However, according to a report, in December 2020, Ssangyong applied to the court for bankruptcy management after defaulting on a loan of approximately 60 billion won (approximately Rs 3.93 billion). Reuters reportThe report further pointed out that South Korea’s Ministry of Trade issued a statement stating that “regardless of whether Ssangyong has applied for a court takeover, negotiations on the sale of Ssangyong are still in progress.”

Although Ssangyong may develop its future products alone or in cooperation with another manufacturer, the automaker will still use Mahindra’s MESMA platform to produce Korando electric SUVs. As far as its launch in India is concerned, Korando e-motion is unlikely to be launched in India.

However, Mahindra will launch eXUV300 in the Indian market in the next few years.

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