Ssangyong now gunning for premium SUV market

By IOL Time of article published Sep 13, 2016

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By: IOL Motoring Staff

Remember the Ssangyong Rexton? It's still soldiering on, according to Ssangyong's local website, but it's probably been a while since you saw one on the street.

While we don't know if the new LIV-2 concept car, previewed by these official renderings, will spawn a direct replacement for the Rexton, it certainly does show that the South Korean SUV specialist, owned by India's Mahindra, intends to move its large SUV effort upmarket.

The LIV-2 concept will make its official debut at the Paris Motor Show later this month and Ssangyong has confirmed that it will spawn a production version some time next year.

According to Ssangyong the LIV-2 is powered by either a 2.2-lire turbodiesel or 2-litre direct injection turbopetrol motor and it goes without saying that the showroom vehicle will offer these options.

Whether it retains the Rexton's body-on-frame construction, and part-time four-wheel drive system with low range, remains to be seen, but the brand's most recent introductions in the compact SUV segment imply that it will instead adopt a more modern unibody construction and all-wheel drive system as it chases a piece of the premium crossover pie.

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