SsangYong Korando Sports Released, Headed To America?

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

South Korea just got themselves a new pickup truck when SsangYong released their new Korando Sports to the market. Based off of their SUT 1 concept that debuted at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, SsangYong is calling the Korando Sports an LUV – Leisure Utility Vehicle.

What is interesting though is the fact that the parent company to SsangYong, Mahindra, is hoping to sell vehicles in the United States by 2016. This all after a blundered entrance by Mahindra into America’s market back in 2010. Regardless, Mahindra wants a truck in the US and we have good reason to believe that SsangYong’s Korando Sports will be the chosen one.

The Korando Sports is powered by a 2.0L four-cylinder engine produced by SsangYong. It has 155-hp and 265 lb-ft of torque and allows the truck to have a towing capacity of 4,400-lbs. According to a mixed Korean cycle, the Korando Sports gets 36-mpg. It’ll be available in both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive options.

It’s widely believed that SsangYong will have this truck out in the European market by the end of this year. When it’ll make its way to America on the other hand, is the more interesting question.

GALLERY: SsangYong Korando Sports

[Source: 3D Car Posts]

Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Doug S Doug S on Jan 14, 2012

    The torque numbers don't quite equal the hp number for a gasoline engine. Could this be a diesel?