SsangYong XLV-Air and XAV Concepts Hint at a Future Off-Road
17 Septembre 2015 - Autoblog
SsangYong might not carry the immediate name recognition of South Korean compatriots Hyundai or Kia, but the automaker stalwartly shows up to motor shows in Europe and Asia to display its wares.
For Frankfurt this year, SsangYong has two concepts with the XAV-Adventure and XLV-Air (pictured above), and both of them are almost certain to spawn future production models.
The XAV-Adventure was also on display at this year's Seoul Motor Show where the chunky compact crossover imagined a future version of the SsangYong Korando. The styling is meant to appeal to a younger audience, and it carries a rugged look similar to a modern upgrade of the classic Toyota Land Cruiser. The roof features a canvas section that moves out of the way for infinite headroom inside. Power is provided by either a 1.6-liter petrol or diesel engine. In addition, there's a 13-horsepower electric motor at the front and two more 40-hp units at the rear to provide some hybrid propulsion from a 2.1 kWh lithium-ion battery.
SsangYong also has the XLV-Air concept on display in Germany. The larger crossover looks more menacing with its combination of matte paint and red lipstick. Underneath the mean look, the model is actually a longer version of the SsangYong Tivoli. In an earlier announcement, the brand said that a production version should hit the road early next year. In concept form, there's a choice between a 1.6-liter diesel or gasoline engine with a six-speed automatic or manual and two- or four-wheel drive.