A TOUCH of style is coming to the light commercial vehicle market in the shape of a “trade” version of the SsangYong Korando.
On paper, the new Giugiaro-styled Korando CSX has plenty going for it – not least its price of £15,995 plus VAT.
Add to that four wheel drive, a 1,312 cubic litre load volume, 433kg payload and the ability to tow trailers up to two tonnes, and you’re looking at a highly practical workhorse. A five year unlimited mileage warranty could well be the icing on the cake for hard-pressed small business owners.
The completely flat load area is accessed via a high lifting tailgate or two side doors opening on to a 152.5 cm long load deck with 96.5 cm between the wheel arches.
Under the bonnet, the Korando CSX is powered by a new lower CO2 version of the Korando power unit. Developing 149ps@4,000rpm, the two litre, four cylinder, turbo diesel engine produces 360Nm of torque with CO2 emissions reduced to 157g/km.
As well as its Torque on Demand 4x4 system with all wheel drive lock mode, the CSX comes equipped with ESP plus Hill Start Assist and mud & snow tyres as standard.
The commercial version is based on the passenger carrying Korando SX and shares its comprehensive equipment list including roof rails, tinted glass and rear parking sensors, a leather covered steering wheel and gear shift, cruise control and a Kenwood MP3 CD & RDS radio with iPod & Bluetooth connectivity, remote audio controls and six speakers.