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by Tim Beissmann

SsangYong has literally lifted the lid of its new concept ahead of next month’s Geneva motor show.

The SsangYong XIV-2 concept is a convertible crossover from the resurgent Korean manufacturer. Based on the hardtop XIV-1 concept from last year’s Frankfurt show, SsangYong says the XIV-2 (eXciting User Interface Vehicle 2) blends “the characteristics of a robust and powerful SUV with the dynamic style of an open top sports coupe”.

At 4166mm long, 1820mm wide, 1566mm tall and with a 2600mm wheelbase, the XIV-2 is slightly smaller than the Range Rover Evoque. Last year, SsangYong announced its plans to put a compact SUV based on the XIV-1 into production. It describes the new XIV-2 concept is a “strategic model for the global market”.

The Fiat 500C-style fabric roof opens and closes at the press of a button, giving crossover drivers a unique ‘wind in the hair’ experience.

SsangYong says the XIV-2 concept will be equipped with Euro VI-compliant 1.6-litre petrol and diesel engines that are fuel efficient and eco-friendly.

Expect more images and details of the SsangYong XIV-2 concept to be revealed around its Geneva unveiling on March 6.




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