SsangYong has upgraded its Korando with a makeover and enhanced the level of driving refinement.
The Korean franchise has only been in the Irish market 18 months and is making a name for itself as a value-for-money brand.
Korando, we feel, is clearly the best-looking machine in the Korean's fleet at the moment.
The latest changes to the crossover SUV feature an enhanced exterior, upgraded interior and reduced engine noise.
Externally, the front receives a new black mesh radiator grille, more contemporary headlights and a wider, low-level air intake.
The new headlight units now comprise of projection lamps and LED daytime running lights, with a black and aluminium surround. At the rear the light clusters get a makeover, too.
New 16 and 17-inch alloys feature and there are three new body colours: Sunrise Red, Cosmic Blue and Carbonic Grey, as well as Space Black, Grand White and Silent Silver.
Stronger, reinforced engine mounting brackets are used to effectively reduce noise levels by up to 9.3%.
New rubber bushes have also been fitted to the car's reinforced sub frames, further minimising intrusive vibration and noise from the road surface and engine.
SsangYong says All-Wheel-Drive versions will land later this month.
Prices are expected to start from €25,995 including VAT for the AWD commercial model.
In both 2WD and 4WD, standard Electronic Stability Program (ESP) with emergency brake assist and four-channel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) are included. Hill Start Assist (HSA) and Active Roll-over Protection (ARP) also feature.
The Korando comes in two spec levels, ES (standard) and EL (luxury). ES retails at €25,995, while EL retails at €29,495.