SangYong’s XIV (eXciting user Interface Vehicle) series of concept cars began with the XIV-1 at the 2011 IAA. Then at the 2012 Geneva Auto Show we had the XIV-2 Concept, and now for the 2012 Paris Motor Show they unveiled the latest model, an electric crossover called the e-XIV. These concept cars are yet to result in a single production model.
The new e-XIV is an electric version of the XIV-2 with a slightly updated design. It measures at 4,160mm long, 1,790mm wide, 1,575mm high, and has a 2,600mm wheelbase. New design features this car is blessed with include a glass roof for the rear passengers to feel less claustrophobic, and roof mounted solar cell panels to supply pollution free solar energy.
The biggest highlight of this car though, is the powertrain. It is a Range Extender EV, which means it has electric motors to provide the propulsion, and a small petrol engine that acts as an onboard generator to charge the batteries. So it’s not fully pollution free, but it uses a tiny amount of fuel and emits very little CO2.
Now all we can do is wait to see if SsangYong going to produce any of these XIV concepts.