This is SsangYong XLV Concept, and like all the other concept cars they brought to the Geneva Motor Show over the past few years, it is a B-segment SUV. The Korean car is still not sure what makes a good crossover, because if they were, they’d produce one of these concepts. Funny thing is, they are all very similar. So what’s the holdup?
The new SsangYong XLV Concept differs from its predecessors in a number of ways. It is 290mm longer than the XIV-1 concept and provides accommodation for seven passengers in an innovative 2+2+2+1 arrangement, where the seventh seat slides between the second and third rows for optimum flexibility.
The new car also features a more robust and rugged look, not consistent with what its name stand for, which is eXciting smart Lifestyle Vehicle. It doesn’t look very exciting, and it sure doesn’t look smart – at least not on the surface.
You could call SsangYong XLV Concept a smart vehicle though thanks to what is under its skin. It features a hybrid powertrain consisting of a 1.6-litre diesel engine and a 10kW electric motor powered by a high performance 500Wh lithium ion battery.
The car also has advanced interactive communication system called ‘3S-Cube’ (Smart-Link, Safe-Way, Special-Sense), offering a host of safety and connectivity services. Some of the high-end features fitted to the XLV include auto cruise control, lane-keeping assistance, automatic emergency brake and matrix LED headlights with Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFLS).