Ssangyong considering compact CUVs for entry into US market

Earlier this year, we learned that Ssangyong, a South Korean automaker owned by
had plans to enter the US market by late 2019. Thanks to an
Automotive News report, we now know what Ssangyong plans to sell in the US. No surprise that it’s a couple of small SUVs.

The report, which cites Ssangyong’s CEO, Choi Johng-sik, claims the smallest of the two
CUVs will be an update of the Tivoli
crossover, with the second being a revised variant of the Korando crossover, which is pictured above. Both vehicles will be available with four-wheel drive.

In addition to these new CUVs, Ssangyong is also working on engineering two turbocharged four-cylinder engines. The 1.5-liter engine, according to
Automotive News, churns out 162 horsepower, while the 2.0-liter units
generates 220 horsepower. If those figures are true, the engines would have a similar output to the current crop of CUVs that are on sale in the US currently.

Economic troubles in Ssangyong’s largest export market, Russia, have harmed the South Korean automaker. Mahindra rescued the automaker in 2011 after nearly going bankrupt. Entering the US market with two CUVs could be the lifeline the company needs.

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