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).
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.
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.