Ssangyong is returning to the Geneva Motor Show this year with another SUV concept in tow. This time, we’re going to see the e-SIV – a concept that looks suspiciously familiar to the XAVL concept that the brand showcased at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. Right now, we don’t have a lot to go on aside from a few teaser shots and a few tidbits of information, so it’s not really fair to pass judgment quite yet. So, with that in mind, will Ssangyong make the same play it has in the past and present itself at the show with another rehashed concept from years past or will it show up with something that’s at least somewhat new to look at? Let’s find out…
SsangYong’s Never-Ending Run Of Concept SUVs Needs To Stop
You would think that at some point in the past five years, the never-ending deluge of Ssangyong concept SUVs would stop and the Korean automaker would finally show a production version of some kind. It shouldn’t be that hard to do, right? Well, guess again because Ssangyong is headed back to the Geneva Motor Show with yet another concept SUV that it’s touting as “a new vision for the brand’s SUV of the future.” We’ve heard that line before.
In any event, the new concept is called the XAVL and from what CEO Johng-sik Choi tells us, it’s an evolved iteration of the XAV that the company unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show back in 2015. You read that right. The XAVL Concept is an evolved version of a previous concept. Color me bewildered because that’s exactly how I’m taking this.
To be fair, the XAVL does have some redeeming qualities. It’s a lot better to look at than the rolling monstrosity that was the XAV. The front section has a more balanced look to it, although those massive skid guards are still a sight for sore eyes. There’s a natural masculinity to it too that seemed too forced on its predecessor. The same is true with the rear section. It’s got nicer lines and a more streamlined taillight design, much better than the confused mess on the XAV.
If Ssangyong’s objective for the XAVL is to re-do the XAV and mask it under the premise of automotive design evolution, then consider the job well done. But at some point, these concepts have to stop, at least if the company wants to be taken seriously. We need a mind-blowing production SUV that you can be proud to call your own.
Otherwise, the jokes will keep on coming, as they have been for quite some time now.
Come on, Ssangyong. I’d like to think that you’re better than this.
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2017 Ssangyong Musso
Musso means “rhinoceros” in Korean, which makes sense when you consider the word’s usage in SsangYong’s model lineup. Previously used for the automaker’s mid-size, five-door SUV, the original Musso was produced between 1993 and 2005. The first Musso was sold in markets across the world, including China, Europe, Iran, and Russia, but now, the nameplate is being resurrected to replace SsangYong’s Korando Sports pick-up truck. Recently announced as the automaker’s revised one-tonne pick-up offering (a tonne is equal to 1,000 kg, or approximately 2,205 pounds), the new Musso promises big work-truck capability, a new diesel engine, an affordable price tag, and surprisingly, a family-friendly interior as well.
SsangYong is Korea’s oldest automobile producer, originally ramping up production in 1954. It’s also the nation’s only specialist producer of 4x4s and SUVs, and it sends several of its exports westward towards the U.K.
Previously, SsangYong offered British buyers the Korando Sports pick-up, but now, a name change is needed to prevent confusion with the Korando SUV.
“Our commercial vehicles represent an intrinsic part of the SsangYong range, and we decided to reintroduce the Musso name to differentiate this superb utility truck from our passenger cars,” said Paul Williams, CEO at SsangYong Motor U.K., in a press release.
Long story short, the new Musso is more than an updated Korando Sports with a different name. Read on for the details.
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Ssangyong Making A Push To Enter U.S. Market
Ssangyong is making a push to enter the US market by 2020 and it’s bringing two small SUVs with it. That much was bared by the company’s very own CEO, Choi Johng-sik, who told Automotive News that the Korean automaker’s plans to introduce an updated version of the Tivoli subcompact crossover and the a new version of the Koran compact crossover. Both models are expected to arrive in the US with four-wheel drive when they hit the market in a few year’s time.
The company’s decision to enter the US market comes at a time when the Mahindra-owned company is slowly getting back on solid footing after years of failing to turn a profit. In fact, according to Choi, Ssangyong is expected to break even this year, the first time it isn’t hitting the red since 2001. It’s also on the verge of introducing a pair of turbocharged four-cylinder engines that will both be used by US-bound versions of the Tivoli and the Korando. One of the engines is a 1.5-liter engine that can produce 162 horsepower while the other is a bigger 2.0-liter unit that’s good for as much as 220 horsepower.
It’s still unclear how Ssangyong plans to package both models when they arrive in the US, but with the crossover/SUV market being as competitive as it is in this part of the world, the company is gearing up to ensure that it isn’t in over its head when it finally makes its debut in the US.
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The SsangYong LIV-2 Proves That You Don’t Have to Sacrifice Luxury to go Off Road
SsangYong Motor Company just publicly unveiled its LIV-2 (“Limitless Interface Vehicle 2”) concept at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, and according to the automaker, it offers substantial off-roading capability. At the same time, the exterior body panels carry the marque’s new “Dignified Motion” design language, which at first glance, might appear at odds with the crossover’s off-road worthiness, right? Because after all, how does one appear dignified while slogging through the great outdoors? SsangYong says it has a solution.
SsangYong is the self-proclaimed leader when it comes to producing SUVs and 4x4s in its native land, so the LIV-2 has a few pretty big expectations set up for it right at the off. That said, it does come with a few very good features to enhance its off-road worth.
Under those slick body panels, you’ll find classic body-on-frame construction. Providing the stick is the company’s very own four-wheel drive system, which is fed by a diesel engine producing as much as 420 Nm (310 pound-feet of torque) at 1,500 rpm. So far, so good.
Mounted under the nose and tail, you’ll also find silver skid plates to protect vulnerable mechanicals, while inside is an “intelligent interface” for better car-driver communication when out on the rough stuff.
Now for the luxury half of the equation. Ingress and egress is assisted by electric side steps, while the whole cabin uses a layout that emphasizes the individual seats positioned in the rear. Speaking of seats, expect reclining seatbacks and a massage function, as well as leather upholstery. Piano black trim, adjustable mood lighting, and copious tech round out the package. Finally, that off-roader rubber you see in the corners is outfitted with a “differentiated angle and layered tread pattern” to keep it quiet.
Still, the proof is in the pudding. We’ll withhold our final judgment until we get a real look at this thing’s cabin space – not to mention how it handles a little rock crawling action.
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2016 SsangYong LIV-2
South Korean automaker SsangYong has officially revealed its latest concept vehicle, the LIV-2. Making its public debut at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, the LIV-2 is framed as a “large premium SUV” that’s expected to replace the current Rexton mid-size SUV when it reaches production form sometime next year. The concept is a preview of the upcoming model’s new styling, both inside and out, plus the technology added for safety and entertainment. Customers will get to choose between diesel or gasoline power under the hood.
The LIV in LIV-2 stands for “Limitless Interface Vehicle,” which is a bit vague, but that’s to be expected. This is actually the second iteration of the LIV theme, with the LIV-1 concept breaking cover a few years back at the 2013 Seoul Motor Show. The LIV-2 is said to be the final variant of the Y400 development model (Y400 is the model’s internal product code at SSangyong).
Basically, this is the idealized iteration of Ssangyong’s flagship SUV, a critical model for a company aiming at bringing sturdy (but comfortable) off-roaders to markets like South America, Russia, and China.
The real question is this – what will this thing look like in production form? Read on for the details.
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SsangYong Joins Electric Vehicle Segment With Planned EV SUV For 2019
When you think of Korean automakers, the first two names that immediately come to mind are Hyundai and Kia. Lost in the large shadow cast by these two automotive giants is SsangYong, a company that may have been best known in this part of the world as having been saved from collapse by Mahindra & Mahindra in 2010. Now that it’s back on a better footing, SsangYong is gearing up to join the electric vehicle ranks with the introduction of an EV SUV by 2019.
SsangYong CEO Jong Sik Choi made the proclamation during the launch of the brand’s new Tivoli XLV model, saying that the model, codenamed the C300, will be offered in a number of different powertrains, one of which would be the company’s first fully electric powertrain. It was previously thought of that the Tivoli SUV would get first dibs on the EV powertrain, but the company’s decision-makers opted to wait a little longer to further refine the gasoline engine version so that it could meet new emissions regulations that are scheduled to take effect in 2019. A report from Auto Express also indicated that the model will get another variant with that model being powered by a new 1.5-liter turbocharged engine that will combine to form a 48-volt “mild hybrid” powertrain. As far as aesthetics go, the model’s design is being tipped to be based on SIV-2 Concept that was showcased at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.
It’s become an open secret that SsangYong has high hopes for this new SUV and it’s looking at the model as the one that could spearhead the company’s ambitious plan to increase its sales volume to 200,000 units, a major step up from the 144,764 units it sold in 2015. Whether it accomplishes that or not is still up in the air, but credit should go to SsangYong for taking this leap into the world of electric vehicles.
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2017 SsangYong Tivoli XLV
Launched in 2015, the SsangYong Tivoli is a mini SUV built to compete with the likes of the Nissan Juke and Kia Soul. Based on the popular Korando as far as design is concerned, the Tivoli is SsangYong’s first new model under Mahindra & Mahindra ownership and it is named after the Italian town of Tivoli, which can be read as "I love it" in reverse. Under development for three years, the crossover was introduced in South Korea in early 2015 with a choice of small-displacement, gasoline and diesel engines. Built in its home country, the Tivoli is exported in several markets in Asia and Europe.
In 2016, SsangYong has expanded the Tivoli family by offering a longer version of the mini SUV. Called the Tivoli XLV, it features a longer body, a roomier interior, and the enhanced practicality that enables it to compete against larger crossovers. Previewed by the XLV Air concept at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, the production model is set to go on sale in Europe and the United Kingdom this summer. SsangYong hopes to sell more than 100,000 Tivoli crossovers by the end of 2016.
“Tivoli has been praised universally for meeting a number of customer requirements, not least its ability to carry five adults in comfort and with one of the largest boot capacities, while many other cars in the sector are regarded as being a ‘down-size’ too far," said Paul Williams, CEO of SsangYong Motor U.K. “Now SsangYong has gone a step further by launching an extended car to provide even more carrying capacity and practicality. This was shown as the XLV Air concept at the IAA motor show in Frankfurt last year, and from the extremely favorable feedback received, took the decision to put the car into production."
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SsangYong is a brand that a lot of Americans might be unaware of, since it isn’t sold here and lives in the shadow of bigger Korean automakers even in the markets where it is sold. It is noteworthy for being the company that built the Rodius, the first generation of which has been argued to be ugliest production car of all time, even uglier than the Pontiac Aztek. SsangYong has avoided taking too many chances with styling since then, but a newly unveiled concept has shown that someone at the company is still thinking about how to make SsangYong cars stand out.
Called the XAV-Adventure, the concept is meant to be a futuristic version of the Korando crossover currently being produced. The concept is both a design study and a platform for several advanced technologies that SsangYong has yet to introduce for production vehicles. SsangYong doesn’t appear to have any plans to change the Korando into this vehicle, but the right amount of follow-up on a vehicle like this could give the perpetual underdog a bit of a boost, and a chance to compete with the relative giant that is Hyundai, even if it doesn’t make it to the U.S.
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Considering most of TopSpeed’s readership resides in the US, odds are few of you have ever heard of SsangYong. To help you get up to speed, here’s a brief crash course. Founded in the 50s, SsangYong is the fourth largest automaker in South Korea. A few years back, the company was bought by Mahindra and Mahindra Limited, and since then, SsangYong has been busy developing the Tivoli, sinking 42 months of development time and investing 350 billion Korean Won into its creation.
This compact SUV strives to be an entry-level vehicle that sports all the features of a mainstream crossover, but at a more affordable price. Named after the stylish town near Rome, the Tivoli was seen in concept form at four recent international motor shows, and was officially unveiled in Seoul last month.
On the surface, the SsangYong Tivoli appears to have the right combination of flair, equipment and affordability. But it takes a closer look to determine just how well this machine stacks up in a market flooded with competitors.
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SsangYong’s continuing run of concepts has given birth to a new concept called the LIV-1, which stands for "Limitless Interface Vehicle".
Now we’ve seen the Korean automaker release some of the least attractive vehicles in the past, but it has done quite well in recent years, or at least not as bad as it used to.
The LIV-1 Concept is the latest proof that SsangYong is serious about giving its models a stylistic makeover. Pegged as a large premium SUV, the LIV-1 certainly has a couple of things about it that’s worth mentioning, including the haughty headlight setup, which we actually like because it gives off a proud but not too arrogant look that underlines SsangYong’s intention to make a name for itself in the business.
There’s a good chance that the LIV-1 Concept is a preview of a production vehicle and we won’t be surprised if it does make it to production. With the number of concepts SsangYong has been releasing the past few years, at least one of them has to make it to production, right?
Full details of the LIV-1 will be revealed at the Seoul Motor Show so sit tight and we’ll give you the information when it becomes available.
You know an auto show is a really big deal when you have a brand like SsangYong preparing more than just one concept to bring the show.
We already touched on the Rodius minivan concept about a week ago and now, the Korean automaker has released a few teasers of yet another concept, this time called the SIV-1.
Not to be confused with the XIV-1 that we first saw a few years ago at the Frankfurt Auto Show, the SIV-1 definitely looks a lot more up-to-the-times than any of the current SsangYong models in production today. While no details have been given for the SIV-1, the two teasers indicate a lot of the styling cues the crossover has, including the fancy LED-infused headlights, a small yet distinctive Kia-looking grille, and a huge fender that makes the SIV-1 appear bigger than it actually is.
The sloping roofline is also nice touch, something SsangYong should definitely consider on their future models so we don’t make fun of how square they are anymore. A tailgate-mounted spoiler and a dual-exhaust system are key features on the rear, as are the distinctive taillights that, if for nothing else, look a tad on the bland side, at least compared to those LED headlights.
SsangYong’s Rodius minivan was never created with the intention of winning any design awards. That much was made evident with a look that reminded you a forlorn cat looking for some food and shelter. In a way, it was really sad to look at. So sad, in fact, that seeing one on the road almost brings a tear to our eyes, as if to say that "I hate myself. Please Ssangyong, change my appearance."
Well, at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, the Korean automaker is finally acquiescing with the introduction of the facelifted Rodius. And to their credit, the two teaser photos seem to show a more refreshing looking Rodius that makes use of SsangYong’s design philosophy of “Robust, Premium, Specialty.”
The body looks more streamlined, something we didn’t think SsangYong was able to comprehend with the existing Robius. There’s some potential here, albeit a limited one, given the automaker’s standing in the automotive hierarchy. Regardless, it’s a small step for these guys to get more attention, something they tried in the wrong way with their existing Rodius minivan.
We’ll have the full details of the refreshed Rodius when it makes its world debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.
In 2011, Ssangyong debuted the XIV-1 crossover concept, but it never saw production. In 2012 at the Geneva Motor Show, Ssangyong brought the more modern and convertible XIV-2, but it still had no release details attached with it. Now, Ssangyong is bringing another variant to the XIV concept lineup in the form of the E-XIV.
The E-XIV, much like its predecessors, has no anticipated release date, but it is expected to debut at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. The E-XIV is a huge step forward for the developing automaker, as it disposes of the traditional gasoline and diesel engines in favor of an electric drivetrain that uses a small gasoline engine to extend its range.
The details are very scarce, but we can tell that the front fascia of the E-XIV is slightly different than that on the XIV-2, as it lacks the air-intake ducts and plastic insert on the front fascia. In the place of the plastic insert are a series of small holes, but we are unsure of their purpose. On the rear en, you can see that there is really no difference between the E-XIV and the XIV-2, with exception to the illuminated “E-VIX” logo on the rear fascia. We also know that it’ll measure in at 163.2 inches long x 70.8 inches wide x 62.4 inches high and have a 102-inch wheelbase.
On the roof, instead of boasting a “convertible” top, the E-XIV features a glass roof and solar panels, meaning that this hybrid would use solar energy too. That would be a huge revolution in the industry, but it may be purely theory now, in the case of Ssangyong.
We’ll just have to wait and see what Ssangyong rolls out on September 29th to see if this solar hybrid is a reality or just another non-production brainchild.
SsangYong has showcased its new ‘convertible’ concept, named the SsangYong XIV-2, at the Geneva motor show.
The SsangYong XIV-2 – which stands for eXciting User Interface Vehicle 2 – is a successor to the similar concept that was on display at the Frankfurt show late last year. XIV-2 is a crossover SUV-convertible and features a one-touch automatic opening soft-top, pram-style roof. It has been designed for a global audience and targeted at the younger generation.
The concept is 4166mm long, 1820mm wide, 1566mm high and has a 2600mm wheelbase. Planned power options include frugal 1.6-litre diesel and petrol engines.
Chief technical officer Jae Wan Lee said: "It previews the new design language for our new entry level compact SUV. It’s in a new segment and has bags of character. It’s designed to appeal to new, younger customers."
The concept’s hi-tech cabin gets big iPad-style screen in centre console. There is also extensive use of carbonfibre and aluminium trim. Although SsangYong hasn’t revealed any details of the new car’s interior, XIV-1 featured an unconventional seating layout that could be configured as either 1+1+2 or 1+3. Dashboard functions on that car were controlled via mobile devices and smart instruments.
Ssangyong wants to boost sales to 300,000 units by 2016. It sold 113,000 in 2011 which was an increase of 40 per cent on 2010.
One of the most surprising concepts to grace the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show floor in September 2011 was the five-door SsangYong XIV-1 with some nifty suicide-style doors.
Fast forward to the upcoming 2012 Geneva Motor Show and the Korean automaker is bringing another concept crossover, the XIV-2 Concept. Unlike the XIV-1, the XIV-2 is being prepared as a three-door, convertible crossover concept that measures 4,166mm long, 1,820mm wide, and 1,566mm tall. It also features a one-touch automatic opening soft-top roof, among many of its still-to-be-announced qualities.
SsangYong has also announced that the concept will carry different variations - petrol and diesel - of the company’s 1.6-liter engine.
For now, the SsangYong has bared some teaser images of the XIV-2 Concept leading up to its debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. It remains to be seen as to what kind of surprises the Korean automaker has in store for us with the XIV-2 Concept. Rest assured, we’ll be very interested to see how they follow up on their surprisingly popular XIV-1 Concept.
In the past, SsangYong had many hard days, but somehow the company managed to stay alive and continue to develop new cars and technologies. One of the latest models presented by the Korean manufacturer is the SsangYong C200 Eco Hybrid, a vehicle that made its debut at the Seoul Motor Show in 2009.
The new C200 Eco is the smallest SUV in SsangYong’s lineup, but it’s the best looking of them all. It is also the first SsangYong model built with a monocoque body and available with a Hybrid powertrain.
The C200 is smaller and lighter than current SsangYong models, promising improved fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions. At the heart of the vehicle sits a diesel hybrid powertrain that offers reduced CO2 emissions by 50%.
The fact that some of the world’s lesser known brands have all come out of the woodwork to present their own concept cars speaks volumes on how popular Frankfurt is. We haven’t heard from Ssangyong in a while now, but apparently, all that changed when the South Korean automaker officially introduced a new compact crossover concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show called the Concept XIV-1.
According to SsangYong, the Concept XIV-1 is derived from the the phrase "eXcitinguser Interface Vehicle" and was brought to the biggest auto show in the world to introduce everyone to the company’s new design language, one that is expected to be applied to a lot of its future models.
Not much is being mentioned about the concept’s future other than it’s going to serve as the concept peg for a lot of the company’s future models. But if it does get the green light, expect it to be a player in what is appearing to be a very competitive premium SUV segment.
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SsangYoung is like the Rodney Dangerfield of the automotive world, it gets no respect. But unlike the late, great Mr. Dangerfield, it doesn’t deserve it. The Korean made, Chinese owned car company has yet to figure out how to design a car, and anyone who has ever driven one has wondered if it employs high school kids in its R&D department. So while SsangYoung’s Rexton may look like a Mercedes M-Class (it even has a Mercedes engine,) its the old M-Class with an old four-cylinder diesel. The only modification this car really needs is a few shot gun shells applied liberally to the entire front end until dead.
With that stated, it seems Project Kahn has decided to go very down-market and modify this beast from a company once known as "Dong-A-Motor". Dubbed Rexton R-Line, the new kit includes new side sills, rear spoiler with integrated exhaust system, parking sensors, Kenwood navigation system, and new 22-inch Kahn Design alloy wheels. Also available is a new Mercedes-Benz T-Tronic gearbox with added hill descend control to run the 4x4 system.
Price of the kit: $46,750. That’s a little pricey considering that top-of-the-line Rexon starts out at about $40,500 if it were available in the States (and be glad it’s not.)
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Rexton is SsangYong’s first new model since it disappeared from the market a few years ago and falls between the compact and large SUV categories. It features up 7 seats on some models, for the price of a RAV4 or X-trail. It might appear to customers be a bargain. But those who have driven a modern European or Japanese 4x4 will be unimpressed. The Kia Sorento and Hyundai Santa Fe are less pretentious and would be far more worthy targets for those looking for a bargain 4x4.