It’s been a while since we’ve seen any new products from South Korea’s SsangYong, which had been listing for a while before being bailed out by India’s Mahindra and Mahindra in August, but the automaker has a new crossover to boast about. The all-new Korando is new from the ground up and is the first Ssangyong to use a monocoque body. A choice of two- and all-wheel drive is available and the 2.0-litre turbodiesel can be mated to either manual or automatic transmissions. An all new powertrain has been specified for Korando. Its e-XDi200 engine generates 130kW and contributes to a combined fuel consumption of 6 litres/100 km and CO2 emissions of 157g/km, the company said. The Korando range is expected to be expanded in 2011 with an additional diesel engine and a petrol unit. To up the refinement levels, Ssangyong is said to have invested heavily in NVH-reducing engineering and have adopted a double bush-type sub-frame mounted suspension arrangement for a smoother ride. Korando’s styling is by the inimitable Giorgetto Giugiaro who has given the crossover a modern, SUV-inspired appearance. In the cabin, however, occupant safety is crucial and six airbags, ESP, brake assist, hill start assist, emergency stop signalling, Isofix and active head restraints are standard for European market cars. The Korando will be launched in South Africa in February 2011.