Designed in Europe by Giorgetto Giugiaro, the new car offers a highly contemporary look while featuring for the first time a monocoque construction. This new platform will also form the basis of the brand's future product development program. Five models are available, with three 2WD and a higher spec AWD in either manual or automatic. The Korando is powered by a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engine with an electronically variable-geometry turbocharger, also designed in Europe.
It produces 129kW of power and a handy 360Nm of torque at 2000rpm, with a claimed 6-litres/100km-fuel consumption. Power is driven either through the front wheels or all-wheel drive with a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. The new Korando will also come highly specified with safety equipment that includes active rollover protection, four wheel disc brakes with ABS, electronic brake force distribution, brake assist system, traction control and hill start assist.
Final Australian specifications are yet to be finalised but expect to see a top shelf model around the $30,000 mark.