Ssangyong’s seven-seat XLV concept unveiled

4 Mar, 2014 12:01pm Jonathan Burn

New Ssangyong XLV concept debuts in Geneva. Production version expected next year

Supermini SUV’s are a sales smash, and SsangYong is set to join the party with its new XLV concept. The brand has just pulled the wraps of its latest concept at the Geneva Motor Show, which will pave the way for future Ssangyong models.

XLV stands for ‘exciting smart vehicle lifestyle’, with Ssangyong claiming the concept blends practicality and purpose with an exciting and enjoyable driving experience. The headlight design has been incorporated into the front grille design, while wider D-pillars with black detailing is a design cue adopted from other Ssangyong concept models.

The car is 290mm larger than the XIV-1 seen at last year’s Frankfurt show in order to accommodate seven seats, and has a clever 2+2+2+1 seating arrangement that lets you swap the middle seat from the second to third rows.

The interior also debuts new ‘Smart-Link’ tech that combines smartphone connectivity with safety systems like lane-keep assist and auto cruise control.

It’s powered by a 1.6-litre diesel engine in conjunction with a 10kW electric motor and lithium-ion batteries, and is claimed to emit just 98g/km when fitted with a manual gearbox. The automatic version is slightly less efficient with CO2 emissions of 109g/km. A production model is due next year.