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SsangYong announces electric cars. Image by Newspress.

SsangYong announces electric cars
SsangYong has joined the electric parade, announcing the advent of a full electric car and a petrol-electric hybrid.
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SsangYong has announced it is developing two electric cars: an electric version of the new Korando crossover and a new petrol-electric hybrid.

The latter is currently nameless, but SsangYong says it will seat five and is slightly smaller than the electric Korando.

The Korando EV has a 111-mile range and a 93mph top speed; though how quick it is and when it will arrive we're not told. Information is scant on the hybrid too, though it has the same top speed.

Meanwhile, SsangYong has been working on four new engines: one petrol and three diesel. The petrol unit is a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine with 208bhp and 221lb.ft, while the diesels come in two capacities.

There's a pair of 2.0-litre units named Active Diesel and Green Diesel, both with around 150bhp. The injection pressure is 1,800 bar, we're told, but we don't know what the CO2 emissions figures of either are. They are, says Ssangyong, about 30 percent more efficient than the current generation SsangYong diesel.

The final diesel under development is a 2.2-litre twin-turbocharged unit boasting around 220bhp and with a heady 2,000-bar injection pressure figure.

All the engines are likely to see the light of day in the recently announced - and debuted in Geneva - SUT 1 pickup truck. It goes on sale in early 2012 in Korea 'and other markets'.

It has real wood trim for the interior (none of that plastic muck) and a rear deck that can 'carry sports equipment with ease,' including an almost infinite number of ping-pong bats.

The four-wheel drive car isn't confirmed for the UK as yet, but by the sound of it SsangYong is ready to have another crack at enticing Europe. We'll keep you posted.

Read the full Geneva Motor Show report here

Mark Nichol - 3 Mar 2011


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