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Ssangyong e-XIV points toward a small, funky crossover vehicle that the company no doubt has in its sights.

Ssangyong's big news at the forthcoming Paris Motor Show is another version of its XIV concept and this one sets itself apart by being a plug-in hybrid vehicle.

It's almost certain that the XIV will make it into production, with Ssangyong already having described it as a strategic model for the global market.

Naturally it'll slot below the current Korando as a fun-orientated compact crossover that fits within the B-segment. This means it'll compete with the likes of the Nissan Juke and Kia Soul.

Ssangyong has also spoken about two highly efficient four-cylinder engines for the production model, both displacing 1.6-litres.

GOING GREEN

Whether greener technologies are also embraced remains to be seen, but this concept at least shows that the South Korean carmaker, now owned by Mahindra, is toying with such ideas.

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Not much detail on the latest eXIV concept's propulsion system has been given as yet, but we do know that it's classified as a 'range extender EV'. This means it has an electric motor that is 'self-chargeable' via a small petrol engine.

While the presence of a petrol engine means it won't be an emissions free vehicle, it should work out a lot more efficient than a purely petrol engined vehicle and it'll have the advantage of a much longer range.

What's more, the concept gains some additional energy via solar panels that are mounted on the roof.


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