Bold show car previews upcoming SUV
The SsangYong XAVL concept has been revealed at the Geneva motor show this week, previewing the Korean brand's future design direction and its next-generation of SUVs.
Measuring 4630mm long, 1866mm wide and 1640mm wide, the XAVL is 100mm shorter, 46mm wider and 70mm lower in height than an X-Trail, while the 2775mm wheelbase betters the Nissan by a healthy 70mm.
Ssangyong has confirmed the production car will get the choice of a 1.6-litre turbo-diesel and a 1.5-litre petrol, both equipped with stop/start technology as standard and mated to either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic. The production version will also offer all-wheel drive as an option.
"This longer bodied car will accommodate seven passengers in comfort, and will be powered by both petrol and new clean-burning diesel engines," said Johng-sik Choi, the company's CEO.
SsangYong's concept also comes with the ability to control the vehicle's systems - such as the navigation, climate control and infotainment - through a smartphone, along with a link to smart home appliances which allows passengers to connect with CCTV, security, and air-conditioning amongst others while in the car.
In terms of its design, the XAVL continues the bold styling language seen on the 2016 SIV-2 and LIV-2 concepts, with aggressive bumpers, slim head- and tail-lights along with flared wheel arches.
According to the company, the production version of the XAVL should be on the market before the end of the decade.
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