Paris show – concept previews next SsangYong Rexton

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SsangYong is displaying a new SUV concept at the Paris Motor Show.

But while known as the LIV-2 and following on from the LIV-1 unveiled at the Seoul show in 2013, the concept is effectively an almost production-ready version of the replacement for the Korean brand’s Rexton.

LIV stands for ‘Limited Interface Vehicle’ and the latest version shows further advances on the design language under a development philosophy that SsangYong describes as ‘Robust, Speciality, Premium.’ A signature detail is the grille, which resembles the spreading wings of a bird and has already made production on the smaller Tivoli.

The concept retains traditional body-on-frame construction and SsangYong’s proven all-wheel-drive system, its makers saying that it will be able to “go almost anywhere, while also offering premium comfort and the driving experience of a luxurious limousine, with abundant space in the second row of seats and equipped to achieve the most relaxing ambiance.”

SsangYong is hoping to expand upwards to new markets with what will become the brand’s flagship model, and so the concept includes such extras as electric side steps and lighting for passengers approaching or leaving the car at night.

Inside there is an executive-style lounge layout, passengers in the rear given individual seats, which recline and include a massaging function, and a centre console with online connectivity. Leather and piano-black gloss detailing features heavily.

An integrated communication system functions through three displays – a 9.2-inch monitor in the centre console and 10.1-inch versions in the back of the two front-seat headrests. Wi-Fi mirroring and compatibility with Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto is included.

Power for the concept comes from SsangYong’s latest 2.2-litre Euro 6 diesel engine mated to a seven-speed auto transmission from Mercedes-Benz, while clearly with an eye to production the brand says a 2-litre GDi turbo engine will also be available.

The safety package includes nine airbags, a radar warning Advanced Emergency Braking System, Traffic Safety Assist, auto high beams and lane departure warning systems.

The Rexton replacement is due on sale sometime in 2017, while SsangYong’s Paris stand also displays updates to the recently released Tivoli models, including the addition of autonomous emergency braking.

Andrew Charman

Andrew is the News and Road Test Editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.

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