Ssangyong has officially unveiled the all-new Torres in Korea as the latest member of Slotting’s SUV range between Korando and Rexton. Characterized by the rough appearance of Torres, combines the styling cues of popular brands.
For previous teasers we already had a pretty good idea about the exterior design and the real life photos are very close to what we expected. The front end features a zip-style grille with six vertical slits, thin LED headlights, strong dynamic lines on the bonnet, large incorrect intake, and an aluminum-style skid plate.
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The profile includes tone-up front and rear fenders, large alloy wheels up to 20-inches (17-inch and 18-inch wheels are standard), an optional side storage box like Land Rover Defender, and optional side steps. On the back, the tailgate has a bump that looks like an integrated spare wheel cover for past 4 × 4 models. The LED taillights are reminiscent of Ford Explorer and have a matching skidplate on the rear bumper.
Going inside, we find an elongated digital instrument cluster, a 12.3-inch central infotainment touchscreen, and another 8-inch touch panel for climate control under the Jaguar Land Rover fashion. The four-spoke flat-bottom steering wheel has a number of integrated buttons, while the dashboard, door and center console have metallic accents as opposed to leather upholstery.
Depending on the trim level, the equipment includes ambient lighting, six speakers, four USB ports, ventilated front seats, seven airbags and plenty of ADAS. According to SsangYong, the Torres has 703 lt (24.8 cubic feet) of luggage space in a five-seater configuration, which folds up the rear seats to 1,662 lt (58.7 cubic feet). The company also offers some outdoor equipment, including a canvas tool for sitback and a cooling box for your camping trip.
We don’t have all the technical details, but SsangYong mentioned a T-GDI engine – probably the same turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder petrol unit found in the Corando – exclusively combined with a six-speed automatic transmission. Power is sent to the front wheels, but for those who want off-road certification, there is an optional 4WD to match the SUV’s rugged style.
In Korea, SsangYong Torres is already available to order with prices ranging from ₩ 26,900,000 ($ 20,911) to ₩ 30,400,000 ($ 23,630). There are also reports of a fully electric version of Torres, which will arrive in Europe by 2023.
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