Ssangyong has revealed first images of its new XLV concept, which is set for a public debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month. The concept previews a close-to-production model scheduled to arrive early in 2015, aimed at taking on the likes of the new Nissan Qashqai.
The new concept follows the XLV-1 concept first seen at the Frankfurt Motor Show back in 2011. The design is an evolution of the previous concept and features the brand’s ‘Nature born 3 motion’ design philosophy, with a more aggressive front end and integrated LED strips in the lower section of the front bumper. More angular lines shape the flanks with a thick C-pillar leading down to wrap-around tail lights, which follow the curvature of the flared rear arches.
It measures in at 4,430mm long, 1,845mm wide, and 1,600mm tall with a wheelbase of 2,600mm – in fact the XLV is 290mm longer than the original concept. The dimensions closely match that of it’s intended rival, the Nissan Qashqai.
The added length provides space for up to seven passengers, with an innovative 2+2+2+1 seating arrangement. The additional seventh seat slides between the second and third row of seating for maximum flexibility.
Power comes from a mild hybrid system, which should allow the XLV to travel on electric power for a short distance. The small electric motor is designed to have more of an impact on mpg and CO2 emissions rather than pure electric driving ability. A 1.6-litre diesel engine will provide the bulk of power.