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by Tim Beissmann

The Ssangyong SIV-1 concept has been unveiled at the Geneva motor show, revealing the latest evolution of the brand’s developing design language.

The Ssangyong SIV-1 is the fourth crossover concept in 18 months from the South Korean SUV specialist, which says it is nearing the final design of what will become “a strategic model within the Ssangyong range”.

Building on the striking styling of the earlier XIV-1, XIV-2 and e-XIV concepts, the SIV-1 prototype embraces Ssangyong’s new ‘Nature Born 3 Motion’ design philosophy, highlighted by its focused grille and headlights, energetic panel character lines, broad C-pillars and its robust overall appearance.

Contrasting the SIV-1’s dramatically styled exterior is a spacious, minimalistic cabin. The instrument cluster communicates relevant vehicle information to the driver, while Ssangyong’s Mobile Auto System sees smartphones and tablets take the place of integrated screens to display and control the vehicle’s other infotainment functions, including satellite navigation and audio streaming.

The SIV-1 concept’s four independent bucket seats are intended to create the same sensations of sportiness and safety delivered by a performance coupe.

Ssangyong detailed two powertrains for the SIV-1 concept: a 150kW/280Nm direct-injection turbocharged 1.6-litre petrol and a 110kW/360Nm twin-turbocharged 1.6-litre diesel. Both can be paired with either a six-speed manual or a dual-clutch transmission.

Ssangyong has made no announcement about production plans for an XIV-1-based model at this stage.




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