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by Matt Campbell

The Ssangyong LIV-2 concept SUV will become a reality in 2017.

The new Ssangyong LIV-2 SUV, which seems to blend good design highlights from several competitor cars into a complete and attractive package (we can see hints of Ford Everest, Kia Sorento, Mazda CX-9 and more in there), was described by the brand at the 2016 Paris motor show as an important new model at its unveiling at

If you’re unsure of the LIV-2 name, LIV stands for Limitless Interface Vehicle, and the 2? Well, clearly it’s the second such show car that presages a production vehicle on its way (check out the LIV-1 here).

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SsangYong Motor Company CEO Johng-sik Choi said the new large SUV will be launched next year, with the production version going by the codename Y400.

“The LIV-2 shown here today is the final concept of our Y400 model, and already at an advanced stage of testing,” said Choi.

“The LIV-2 showcases our luxurious approach to the extremely popular SUV concept, while also applying advanced technologies and high levels of safety.

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“We are confident that this is going to be another landmark model, and will take the Ssangyong brand to the next level. Thereafter, we will be adding a new model every year for the next couple of years, each one designed to broaden our brand appeal to customer groups and international markets,” he added.

It’s not clear yet if the Y400 production model will replace the Rexton SUV or sit alongside it, possibly as a more premium offering.

There are reasons why it could sit as a standalone model, with the LIV-2 packing plenty of technological kit such as a 9.2-inch screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as a pair of 10.1-inch screens in the headrests of the seats.

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The front and rear seats offer adjustability and massage functions, with the idea being to “create a contemporary executive lounge within a luxury, chauffeur driven limousine”.

There are electric folding side steps to assist with access to the tall cabin, and safety is well considered, too: there are nine airbags (dual front, front side, rear side, curtain and driver’s knee protection), as well as autonomous braking, lane departure warning, blind-spot detection, lane change assistance and automated high-beam headlights.

Under the bonnet of the LIV-2 is a production-ready 2.2-litre turbo diesel four-cylinder engine with 133kW of power and peak torque of 420Nm, which is teamed to a seven-speed automatic sourced from Mercedes-Benz. The brand has stated that a newly developed 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine will also be fitted, with 165kW and 350Nm.

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