While the SsangYong brand is practically nonexistent on Philippines's streets, the Korean carmaker is fast making a name for itself in Europe with its creative, futuristic and advanced designs, the latest of which is its XIV-2 concept that made its world premiere in the ongoing Geneva Motor Show.
An evolution of the first-generation concept, the XIV-1, the XIV-2 has been developed into a vehicle that offers "a special experience with fun." According to SsangYong, central to the XIV-2's fun element is its advanced convertible roof, which gives the driver and passengers a "rich 'wind in the hair' experience" on or off road. Carbon-fiber trim also contribute to the SsangYong's nimble, lightweight feel while its aerodynamic shape will appeal to active young drivers.
The XIV-2's dynamic design continues inside with Red color highlights on the dials emphasizing the vehicle's sporty dynamics while every part of the cabin was styled to enhance driving pleasure. In addition, the XIV-2's cabin controls are integrated into one central system and managed using a center-console-mounted screen. Utilizing four independent bucket seats in the cabin also creates a comfortable and luxurious environment for the vehicle occupants.
Environmental considerations are also part of the XIV-2's design and it will be equipped with various fuel-efficient, low-emission technologies like Euro 6-compliant 1.6-liter gasoline and diesel engines, efficient six-speed manual or automatic transmissions, and an idle stop-and-go system.
SsangYong is eyeing the XIV-2 as its strategic global model and, as such, it reflects the carmaker's design principle that will be displayed in all its future concept vehicles.