SsangYong Gives a Preview of Its Next Model Ahead of Its 70th Birthday
By: Ben Zachariah
SsangYong, the South Korean automotive company, is giving a first glimpse of its newest model before its 70th birthday celebration – a coupe-style SUV based on the gasoline-electric Torres. In a video released by KG Mobility, showing the sleeker version of its Torres midsize SUV, the new SsangYong, known as J120, is expected to launch in 2024.
According to local media, it’s speculated that the new SsangYong could be called Torres Coupe. This vehicle, which is not as “coupe” as the “coupe SUVs” from BMW or Audi, but is not as upright as the regular Torres, is expected to be powered by gasoline as its model code suggests. Although the type of fuel has not yet been confirmed, the video released by the automaker refers to its South Korean heritage by drawing inspiration from the country’s flag and incorporating those patterns into the vehicle’s design.
As previously reported, photos of a mysterious SsangYong coupe-style SUV in December 2023 sparked rumors about a successor to the Actyon. This mysterious vehicle is very different from the Torres Coupe portrayed in the video. Details of the Torres EVX were revealed in April 2023, with the SUV using a 73.4 kWh battery pack supplied by BYD that offers a range of between 420 and 500 kilometers, powering a 150 kW electric motor on the front axle. The Torres-based electric ute is also expected to offer a driving range of up to 500 kilometers without charging.
It is expected that more details about the Torres Coupe will be announced on March 4, 2024, with a mid-year launch scheduled for South Korea. Stay tuned for more updates on this exciting new model from SsangYong.
– Drive: “SsangYong Actyon Could Return As Coupe SUV” (https://www.drive.com.au/news/ssangyong-actyon-could-return-as-coupe-suv/)
– Drive: “2023 SsangYong Torres EVX Detailed” (https://www.drive.com.au/news/2023-ssangyong-torres-evx-detailed/)
– Family Car Guide (https://www.drive.com.au/guides/family-cars/)
Ben Zachariah is an experienced Melbourne automotive writer and journalist who has worked in the automotive industry for more than two decades. Ben began writing professionally over 15 years ago and was previously an interstate truck driver. He completed his MBA in Finance in early 2021 and is considered an expert in classic car investments. Read more about Ben Zechariah here: https://www.drive.com.au/about-drive/our-journalists/ben-zachariah/