SsangYong has unveiled its SUV previously referred to by the codename J100 as the ‘Torres.’ A SsangYong Torres electric (codename: U100) will follow, and unlike the ICE variant, will be available in Europe, positioned above the Korando e-Motion. Here’s everything we know about it so far:
The SsangYong Torres electric will embody the new design language of its donor model, called ‘Powered by Toughness.’ It’d be a mix of tough and contemporary design elements. At the front, the oddly shaped headlamps, a concave section between the headlamps with six slots on the radiator grille, and boxy lower air intake and fog lamp housing of the ICE Torres could apply to the electric variant, but with a closed upper grille and a more aerodynamic bumper.
On the sides, expect trapezoidal wheel arches, closed-off aero wheels, a straight beltline, large windows, a chunky C-pillar, and a vertical quarter glass behind the C-pillar, giving the windscreen at the rear a wraparound look. Like on the Land Rover Defender, a C-pillar-mounted storage box could be available. At the rear, a tailgate garnish mimicking a spare tire for an authentic SUV styling and Range Rover L405-like vertical tail lamps will likely be the design highlights in addition to the wraparound glass.
Interior & Features
The interior of the Torres electric should look nearly identical to the gasoline-powered model. The dashboard would have a slim profile and be an unusual blend of traditional and modern bits, housing an old-school vertical (on the driver side) and compact horizontal (central and passenger-side) AC vents, wood and metal trim, a digital instrument cluster, and a dash of ambient light. Two touchscreens, a 12.3-inch (infotainment control) unit on the top and an 8-inch (comfort control) unit at the bottom would restrict the usage of buttons and other physical controls to the minimum. Another highlight would be a compact but still tough- and modern-looking four-spoke steering.
The electric variant of the Torres could offer slightly better cargo space. For reference, the ICE variant has 703 liters of cargo space, and on folding down the second-row seats, that number increases to 1,662 liters. Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Lane Keeping Assist (LKA), Driver Attention Warning (DAW), Safe Distance Warning (SDW), and eight airbags, including a driver’s knee airbag, are some of the active and safety passive safety features we expect in the Torres electric.
There’s not much that we know about the SsangYong Torres electric’s specifications at the moment. SsangYong has partnered with BYD for using its Blade battery technology in the electric SUV. What that means is the Torres electric will be available with one or more battery packs consisting of LFP (Iron-based) cells. BYD has advanced rapidly with the LFP chemistry, and is now commercially using them in cell-to-pack (CTP) and cell-to-body (CTB) formats as well.
Blade batteries have successfully passed nail penetration tests without emitting smoke or fire. They have maintained a 30-60°C temperature under the same conditions in which a lithium-ion battery’s temperature would have exceeded 500°C and violently burned. Blade batteries have passed other extreme tests like being bent, crushed, heated in a furnace to 300°C, and being overcharged by 260% without causing a fire or explosion.
The Torres electric will hit the European markets towards the end of 2023. It could cost around EUR 40,000 onwards and compete with the MG Marvel R and the Skoda Enyaq iV.
SsangYong Torres electric FAQs
What is the SsangYong Torres electric release date?
SsangYong will launch the Torres electric in Europe towards the end of 2023.
What will be the SsangYong Torres electric price?
The Torres electric could cost around EUR 50,000.
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