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2023 SsangYong Torres revealed

SsangYong's butch-looking mid-sized SUV has been revealed inside and out, and it'll reportedly share its engine with the Korando.

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SsangYong has fully revealed the interior and exterior of its mid-sized Torres SUV, though it hasn’t released powertrain information.

Korean outlet Autopost, however, has shared government certification documents detailing the Torres’ powertrain.

The standard engine will reportedly be a turbocharged 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine producing 125kW of power and 280Nm of torque.

SsangYong has confirmed the Torres comes with a six-speed automatic transmission, with all-wheel drive optional.

That’s the same powertrain found in the mid-sized SsangYong Korando crossover, though the government documents reportedly don’t list any diesel engines.

A spokesperson for SsangYong Australia has previously confirmed the Torres is in the company’s plans. Timing has yet to be confirmed, though production will begin in June.

The Torres’ petrol four will be tasked with hauling a car that has a tare weight of 1520kg in 2WD guise and 1610kg in all-wheel drive guise.

The Korando, in contrast, has a tare weight of 1396kg in front-wheel drive EX guise and 1565kg in diesel, all-wheel drive Ultimate trim.

An electric version of the Torres is expected, and this could also borrow its powertrain from a Korando.

In E-Motion guise, the electric Korando features a 61.5kWh battery and a front-mounted electric motor with 140kW of power, with a claimed WLTP range of 339km.

In addition to releasing some images of the car, SsangYong has also detailed the Korean market line-up including pricing and features.

SsangYong will offer the Torres with a choice of four interior colourways: black, brown, khaki and white.

There’s also a range of two-tone exterior treatments, plus a choice of 17-, 18- or 20-inch alloy wheels.

Available safety equipment includes autonomous emergency braking, blind-spot assist, lane-keep assist, leading vehicle departure alert, and front, front-side, curtain and knee airbags

There’s also available adaptive cruise control with stop/go, tyre pressure monitoring, and automatic high-beam.

At least in Korea, the base model comes standard with artificial leather upholstery, heated front seats, LED headlights, a heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel and automatic climate control.

The flagship T7 includes niceties like ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, ambient lighting, and an eight-way power driver’s seat.

There’s a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system on all versions, along with an 8.0-inch touchscreen for the climate controls and a digital instrument cluster.

Down back there’s a split-level luggage space, with 703L of cargo volume or 839L if you remove the luggage board.

Total luggage space expands to 1662L with the second row folded. No third row is present.

For context, a Rexton has 641L with its third row folded and a total of 1806L of cargo space.

In Korea, the base T5 trim’s price ranges from 26,900,000 to 27,400,000 won (A$29,830-30,469), while the flagship T7 costs between 29,900,000 and 30,400,000 (A$33,249-33,805).

The Korando, in contrast, is priced between 22,530,000 and 29,030,000 won in Korea (A$25,050 to $32,277), while the Rexton ranges between 37,070,000 and 49,880,000 won (A$41,216-55,459).

For reference, the Korando range opens at $29,990 drive-away and the Rexton range opens at $47,990 drive-away, leaving room between them for the Torres.

The Torres is intended to slot between the Korando and Rexton in SsangYong’s line-up, though SsangYong has yet to confirm whether it’s a unibody crossover like the former or a traditional, body-on-frame SUV like the latter.

Even if it is a crossover, it’s been given butcher styling than any other SsangYong model, with flared fenders, a faux spare-wheel carrier, and a Jeep-like slotted grille.

If it’s related to the Korando underneath, that would make the Torres and Korando’s relationship analogous to that of the Ford Bronco Sport and Ford Escape.

SsangYong has previously confirmed its EV range will grow to include a related ute and has also teased a rugged-looking, small SUV codenamed KR10, inspired by the generations of Korando before it became a unibody crossover.

More recently, it confirmed an electric SUV codenamed E100 will be launched in the second half of 2023.

The company is about to go through the auction process again to find a new buyer after an acquisition by Korean electric bus manufacturer Edison Motors fell through.

A consortium led by chemical-to-steel firm KG Group has been chosen as the preliminary bidder.

SsangYong has until October 15 to find a new owner and submit a new restructuring plan to the Seoul Bankruptcy Court.

It says it aims to sign a deal in early July and submit its plan to the court later that month in order to receive approval late in August.

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William Stopford is an automotive journalist based in Brisbane, Australia. William is a Business/Journalism graduate from the Queensland University of Technology who loves to travel (remember that?), briefly lived in the US, and has a particular interest in the American car industry.

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