The Korean automaker SsangYong, soon to be rebranded as KGM, is all set to introduce its second electric vehicle, the SsangYong Torres EVX, to the UK market in the first quarter of 2024. While the Australian launch plans are yet to be clarified, this electric SUV was unveiled in March and is already available in South Korea, with technical details revealed.
The Torres EVX offers a single powertrain configuration, featuring a 73.4kWh battery and a 150kW electric motor that powers the front wheels. On the Korean government’s test cycle, it achieves a range of approximately 418km, and we can expect slightly higher figures on the European WLTP test cycle.
In terms of size, the Torres EVX is notably larger than SsangYong’s other electric SUV, the Korando e-Motion. It surpasses the Skoda Enyaq and Toyota bZ4X in length and height, though it maintains a similar width to both. In fact, its length is more in line with the Tesla Model Y, albeit not as wide.
The spacious dimensions bode well for the Torres EVX’s role as a family car, and SsangYong claims it offers an impressive 839 liters of boot space, which is 254 liters more than the Enyaq. With the rear seats folded down, the cargo space expands to 1662 liters.
The design of the Torres EVX appears to draw inspiration from various SUV models, including the Kia Sorento, Land Rover Defender, and Toyota Land Cruiser. The front end, for example, combines elements reminiscent of the Hyundai Kona and Jeep Wagoneer. While the design features similarities with several vehicles, it maintains a distinctive appeal.
In terms of the exterior, the EVX model replaces the traditional grille with a blanked-off version and omits the red towing hitch covers found on the internal-combustion Torres. Both versions include extensive black plastic cladding on the sides, giving it a rugged SUV appearance.
Inside the cabin, the Torres EVX boasts a dual-screen setup consisting of a 12.3-inch digital driver’s display and a 12.3-inch central touchscreen. The interior design exudes minimalism, with very few physical buttons, primarily found on the dual-spoke steering wheel. Climate controls and other functions are primarily managed through the touchscreen system, which also supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
In South Korea, the Torres EVX is offered in two trim levels. The base E5 trim comes equipped with a heat pump, LED headlights, dual 12.3-inch displays, dual-zone air conditioning, a powered tailgate, heated front seats and steering wheel, a wireless phone charger, and various safety features. The top-spec E7 models add leather upholstery, heated rear seats, and additional safety technologies.
The starting prices in Korea are approximately 50,000,000 won, which roughly translates to $57,000 at the current exchange rate.
SsangYong’s rebranding to KGM, which occurred after it was saved from liquidation by Korean firm KG Group in 2022, will be accompanied by the introduction of three more EVs, including an electric pickup truck slated for launch by December 2024. This pickup will be based on the Torres EVX and powered by batteries sourced from the Chinese giant BYD, known for their Atto 3 SUV and Dolphin hatchback.
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