Korean car maker SsangYong is preparing to unveil yet another SUV concept, this time in the form of the LIV-2 destined for next month’s Paris motor show.
Expected to preview the next-generation Rexton, the LIV-2 concept will join the SIV, XLV, XIV, SIV and a near endless list of other earlier SsangYong show cars, in forecasting the company’s evolving look.
The LIV-2 is known internally as the Y400, clearly setting it out as the replacement for SsangYong’s positively ancient Y200 Rexton model launched in 2001 – later revised to become the Y250 in 2006 and the Y300 in 2012.
The LIV-2 is no spring chicken itself, though, having first been previewed by the LIV-1 concept in early 2013.
These latest images don’t suggest the game has moved forward dramatically since then, but, for SsangYong, the LIV-1 even now represents a significant leap in styling.
SsangYong calls this look “Dignified Motion”, revealed in production form through the recent Tivoli small SUV and its stretched sibling the XLV – both still to be confirmed for Australia, where the brand soldiers on Boldly with the larger Korando.
The old Rexton likewise continues here, alongside the newer Stavic people mover.
The LIV-2 draws power from SsangYong’s 133kW 2.2-litre diesel engine, expected to be offered in the new Rexton alongside a confirmed – but not detailed – direct-injection 2.0-litre petrol mill.
A Mercedes-sourced seven-speed auto is expected to be paired with both.
Watch for the new concept to appear in Paris next month, ahead of a market debut set for 2017.