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SsangYong XIV-Air and XIV-Adventure debut in Paris

SsangYong reveals two new XIV concepts at Paris Motor Show – previewing forthcoming X100

SsangYong unveils two new XIV concepts for the Paris Motor Show, set to preview the upcoming X100 mini-SUV. 

Called the XIV-Air and XIV-Adventure, the near production-ready prototypes preview the upcoming X100, a mini SUV that’ll sit below the South Korean manufacturer’s Korando and attempt to muscle in on Nissan Juke territory.   

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The original, dimly-lit images don’t leave a lot to the imagination as it is, but by brightening the photographs it’s possible to make out even more of what SsangYong calls the ‘Nature born – 3 Motion’ design theme. Each concept measures in at 4,195mm long, with a 2,600mm wheelbase, and features wraparound front and rear lights, muscular haunches and a wide, slim grille.

The XIV-Air comes equipped with a 1.6-litre diesel engine, while the XIV-Adventure is powered by a 1.6-litre petrol. Both two- and four-wheel drive are available, as are six-speed manual and automatic gearboxes. 

As the name suggests, the XIV-Air features a T-top targa roof, something SsangYong suggests is a first in this segment, while the XIV-Adventure - seen here in green - is more off-road focused with features such as heavy-duty bumpers, roof rack and search light. Front and rear indents are filled in which add bulk, and there's also a storage compartment attached to the boot lid.

Inside, the XIV concepts are fitted with all the latest technology such as Bluetooth connectivity and audio system, parking camera, dual-zone digital air-con and, according to SsangYong, high levels of safety kit. 

With the 1.6-litre diesel engine fitted, in two-wheel drive form, the XIV-Air has emissions of between 110-120g/km. 

Expect a full debut for the production X100 early next year – most likely at the Geneva Motor Show in March – with sales kicking off in the middle of 2015. 

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