Although the Ssangyong brand is not going through its best moment, the South Koreans continue to work with the intention of attracting new investors or buyers. It’s been almost a year since the first sketches of the Ssangyong J100 were officially released. A new electric SUV / SUV that should be officially presented this year. Within that calendar, much more advanced sketches of this new electric model are now presented. Not only do we see it more developed, we also know its final name: Ssangyong Torres.
With such a Latin name, the Korean brand keeps the flame of new product development alive. Already in the first advances it was possible to see an SUV with powerful lines and large dimensions. Thanks to the new sketches published by AutoWeekthe Torres shows a very rough and attractive appearance. A very rectangular profile presents us with a vehicle with a lot of ribs and muscles.. With the Powered by Toughness design language, Ssangyong’s electric future will sit somewhere between the Korando and the Rexton.
Namely; we expect a measurement around 4.6 meters. A model that will be powered exclusively by electric systems. At the moment the technical details of the Ssangyong Torres are unknown, although it is more than likely that it shares part of its development with the Ssangyong Korando e-Motion. The electric SUV has a lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 61.5 kWh that feeds a single electric motor with 190 horsepower and an estimated range of 340 kilometers in the WLTP homologation cycle.
It is to be assumed that the Torres will mount a similar scheme, although with oversized figures if we take into account the musculature that it sports and its more than perceptible offroad qualities. That’s why, instead of a single engine, the addition of a second on the rear axle is expected in order to generate an electric all-wheel drive. Given the larger size and weight, a higher grade battery capable of offering an operating range of approximately 400 kilometers is also expected as long as it does not leave the cold asphalt. Such a structure would place it as a direct rival of the new Subaru Solterra and Toyota bZ4X.
The development of the Torres continues its course avoiding the most prying eyes. The order books are expected to open this summer, although there is no official confirmation on this yet. It is unknown if the Ssangyong Torres will reach Europe and Spain, although it has been confirmed in other markets such as Australia. As an anecdote, to say that Ssangyong has opted for the name Torres in honor of the Torres de Paine National Park in Chile.
In the background, the Koreans continue to explore new avenues for their sale. Although Edison Motors was announced as the buyer of Ssangyong earlier this year, the transaction ultimately fell through. Recently the board of directors has declared KG Consortium as the most likely buyer. At the moment nothing has been signed, but the negotiations are continuing at a good pace and an official announcement is expected over the next week.