The whole global auto industry is moving towards green mobility system, and currently the fully-electric car models are the one of top priorities of all the car majors of the world. Indian auto major Mahindra & Mahindra’s South Korean subsidiary – Ssangyong Motor is also concentrating on electric vehicles just like its parent company. As per the latest reports, the first electrified model from the house of Ssangyong will be a proper off-road capable 4x4, and when it will be arriving in 2020. This information was revealed by Ssangyong’s UK head, Nick Laird.
Ssangyong’s first electric SUV model will be coming as part of the next generation Korando SUV’s lineup. The next-gen Korando range will be first launched in the car market of UK next year. The new 2019 Korando’s conventional petrol and diesel versions will go on sale first, while the electric variant will be a bit different and will take inspiration from the company’s e-SIV concept that was showcased at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show in March.
While speaking on the development, Laird told a UK auto journal that the e-SUV model will be a massive step forward, over the current model. He added by saying that the EV model will be staying true to the “company’s roots and DNA” in terms of being a proper SUV.
The Ssangyong e-SIV concept model had an impressive electric range of up to 450 km per single change. The concept was equipped with a 61.5kWh battery that juiced up the vehicle’s electric motor which has the capability to offer a peak power of 190 hp.
Meanwhile, a company spokesperson has revealed that the company has been busy developing its new electric technology using prototype EV SUV models that are based on the Korando as well as Tivoli in South Korea.
Laird has also revealed that Ssangyong is exploring the idea of diesel-electric hybrid powertrains as an alternative to petrol-electric hybrid technology. While talking about the development Laird said that he is interested to see how the diesel hybrid works for the company. He said that he thinks there's a place for diesel hybrid in the company’s portfolio. Many of the company’s models are used for towing, and for that good torque is required and for that application diesel works very well as do electric and petrol hybrid.
He also said that that for this technology to work in the market will depend on what people think about diesel and if the diesel market recovers a bit from the current global situation. He believes that the diesel-hybrid technology could be really effective in terms of both economy and emissions levels. He further expressed his wish for the diesel market to recover and that he thinks it deserves to.
Laird confirmed that the technology is still under development, but deferred from commenting on any timelines.
Meanwhile, he also revealed that two new Ssangyong new models will be launched in near future. One of these will be based on the Tivoli’s platform, while the other will be underpinned by the Rexton’s platform.