Because the model’s re-launch ramps up, it has outlined extra of what its product vary will seem like over the approaching 12 months.
The paint is barely dry on its vendor indicators, however Ssangyong is already seeking to develop its mannequin vary in Australia, detailing plans to deliver the long-tray dual-cab Musso ute, mid-sized Korando SUV and facelifted Tivoli to our shores subsequent 12 months.
Talking with CarAdvice in Melbourne, Andrew Ellis, native Ssangyong communications boss, provided the lowdown on what’s to return in 2019 for the factory-backed operation.
The headline inclusion might be an all-new Korando, set for reveal on the Geneva motor present in March. Manufacturing is about to begin in July, with the primary vehicles touching down in Australia early within the third quarter. August is probably going at this level.
Though particulars are scant, we all know the automotive might be revealed with petrol, diesel and pure-electric energy. Ellis is hopeful the electrical mannequin will come to Australia, however provided that “the worth is correct” for our market. No ensures, then.
The arrival of a brand new Korando calls the necessity for the Tivoli XLV into query. The corporate wouldn’t verify whether or not there’s room for the XLV and Korando in the identical vary, however says it’s able to promoting each side-by-side if gross sales justify it. Given the recognition of mid-sized SUVs in Australia we wouldn’t rule it out, however solely time will inform.
Earlier than we see the brand new Korando, the dual-cab Musso vary might be prolonged with a long-tray mannequin. At 5405mm tip-to-tail, it’s longer than common dual-cab utes just like the Isuzu D-Max, Toyota HiLux and Volkswagen Amarok, however shorter than the just-announced Jeep Gladiator.
Ellis wouldn’t be drawn on what number of Ssangyong needs to promote, or certainly what the dual-cab gross sales break up might be going ahead, however we all know the corporate is chasing between 3000 and 3500 annual gross sales throughout its total vary.
Trying smaller, the common Tivoli might be handled to a facelift in the course of 2019 – July or August, at this level – with a brand new turbo petrol engine making round 120kW. That’s a significant bump over the 94kW on faucet from the naturally-aspirated 1.6-litre petrol at the moment provided.
A 1.5-litre turbo-diesel may even be added to the vary, however outputs haven’t been confirmed but.
Ssangyong is within the midst of its re-launch in Australia. It was backed by an importer final time it ventured into Australia, this time round it’s a completely factory-backed operation – the primary exterior of Korea, truly.