SsangYong Korando vs Hyundai ix35


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SsangYong Korando


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Hyundai ix35



New platform, new layout, new motor - the new SsangYong Korando brings an completely fresh approach to the crossover sphere.

Introducing a number of significant firsts for SsangYong, the SsangYong Korando is ready to take a bold step into one of the most buoyant sectors of the European vehicle sphere. Merging the low running costs and dynamic features of a traditional family hatchback with the visual appeal, adventurous spirit and rough-road capability of an SUV, the SsangYong Korando is aimed at the heart of the crossover sphere.

With the focus on class and desirability, the SsangYong Korando has been developed and jointly designed in Europe by renowned stylist Giorgetto Giugiaro. With one of the most famous names in auto layout behind it, the new SsangYong Korando takes on a modern, stylish SUV shape reflecting the rugged appeal that lies at the heart of today's SsangYong Motor Company.

Looking outside of Europe, the SsangYong Korando make is already one of the strongest in the SUV sphere. Indeed, SsangYong Korando is listed in the Korean Guinness Book of World Records as the country's longest surviving auto make. With its roots stretching as far rear as 1974, the SsangYong Korando started a new chapter in Korean vehicle making as the first-ever self-developed four-wheel-drive model to come from the country in 1983. The next significant evolution in 1996 was the adoption of Mercedes-Benz diesel technology when the third generation model was presented.
The Hyundai ix35 development team moved away from the two-box off-roader exterior in favor of a sleeker, more reformed profile while aiming for a roomier cab, extra cargo capacity and fuel efficiency leadership.

Hyundai's new fluidic layout language finds confident expression in the sweeping, gently curved lines of the Hyundai ix35. The hexagonal grille previewed on the Hyundai ix-onic concept at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show moves into mass production on the Hyundai ix35, a defining exterior that will serve to unify the family of future Hyundai offers. To achieve the desired dynamic and sporty picture, Hyundai ix35 gets an aggressive belt line coupled with a low-to-the-ground feel which is improved by the auxillary 225/55 R18 wheels.

The dashboard lines echo the dynamic flow of the sheet metal. For enhanced convenience, the developers have carved out extra legroom and headroom (whilst lowering the overall height of the vehicle). The feeling of spaciousness in the cab is further improved by the new dual-panel panoramic sunroof, benefitting front and back passengers. The center panel can either tilt open or can open completely by sliding up and over the back panel.

The gauge cluster - with blue backlight - borrows Supervision technology from the Genesis sedan to screen key data with crystal-clear clarity and minimal eye stress.