By: IOL Motoring Staff
SsangYong has taken its 'smart user interface' series of concepts, which began with the XIV-1 presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2011, a step further at Geneva with the XLV B-segment hybrid SUV concept - which, it says, "will become one of SsangYong's core strategic models to underpin its future growth."
That reads more like 'pre-production prototype' than 'concept' to us, quite possibly a rival for Ford's Ecosport in the lucrative small-SUV segment .
It's also a runner, combining a 1.6-litre diesel engine with a 10kW, 48-volt electric motor powered by a 500Wh lithium-ion battery.
XLV stands for eXciting smart Lifestyle Vehicle; that means versatility was a priority and new concept has been stretched 290mm compared to the XIV-1 to make space for seven people in an unusual 2+2+2+1 arrangement.