SsangYong has unveiled a concept at the Geneva Motor Show that points firmly towards the looks of the Korean brand’s next SUV model.

The SIV-2 (SIV standing for ‘Smart Interface Vehicle’) is described merely as “a possible future direction for the next midsize SsangYong SUV”.

According to SsangYong CE, Johng-sik Choi, the experience and confidence the brand has taken from the success of the Tivoli crossover is encouraging the creation ofcars with the style, technology and features motorists will be looking for tomorrow.

“Projecting that thinking forward is essential, and I am delighted by the glimpse into the future this exciting new SIV-2 concept demonstrates,” Choi says.

The car succeeds the SIV-1 which debuted at Geneva in 2014, and the newcomer’s most notable feature is the debut of a new hybrid powertrain based around an equally new direct-injection 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine. It is combined with a 10kW electric motor generator powered from a 500Wh lithium ion battery creating a 48V mild hybrid system.

1603_SsangYong_SIV-2_02According to SsangYong moving in the direction of such hybrid technology, as well as plug-in hybrid and full electric powertrains, is essential to future-proof the brand.

The model’s design also represents a new direction for SsangYong – the SIV-2 has a dramatic, sharply styled and aerodynamic exterior look while the inside of the concept is dominated by four individual seats finished in Alcantara and suede and floor trimming in a wood grain.

Also debuting for SsangYong in Geneva is the extended version of the Tivoli crossover, the XLV.

Andrew Charman
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