The SsangYong Korando range just got a little bit slimmer, with the South Korean brand confirming it has axed the turbo-diesel powertrain from its medium SUV range for model-year 2023.
The 1.6-litre turbo-diesel engine will no longer be offered as part of the Korando range “due to factory supply constraints,” a SsangYong Australia spokesperson told CarExpert.
That diesel unit was a pretty punchy thing, with 100kW of power and 324Nm of torque.
It was offered exclusively with a six-speed automatic transmission and on-demand all-wheel drive, and was reserved for the top-spec Ultimate grade only.
Sales figures obtained by CarExpert show the diesel accounted for a healthy share of sales in 2022.
The Ultimate diesel, listing at $41,990 before on-road costs, managed 146 sales last year, or 28 per cent of the total sales for the model range.
The remaining variants – all powered by a 120kW/280Nm, 1.5-litre turbo-petrol engine – sold in the following split:
- Base model EX: 99 units
- Mid-spec ELX: 116 units
- Top-spec Ultimate: 159
In the early 2010s, SsangYong’s big brand push was for a diesel-only line-up, but times changed quickly and so did customer sentiment towards diesel fuel, and the brand killed that idea in 2013.
In recent years, though, diesel has been on the outs. Models that have been previously offered with turbo-diesel engines, but no longer have them, include the Mitsubishi Outlander, Nissan X-Trail, Toyota RAV4 and Subaru Forester.