SsangYong XUV-1 Concept Fully Revealed in Frankfurt
The name XIV-1 is derived from the phrase ‘eXciting user Interface Vehicle’, highlighting the show car’s focus on interaction with the driver and passengers. Despite having thin seats and little headlights, this isn’t just a concept, as it previews the news premium B-segment CUV, which will lead to the addition of another mass production model to the Korean company’s range.
The design is reportedly inspired from a sailing yacht, with the C-pillar and slim profile roof designed to look like they are floating above the body. The front end is a bit aggressive-looking but this is compensated by the coach doors that look elegant.
“The objective of XIV-1 is to maximise the enjoyment of movement while also providing passengers with a moving communication space. SsangYong’s designers have named the interior concept ‘each one & all together’, enabling passengers to freely move and rotate all the seats to tailor the cabin layout to their specific needs. Each of the concept’s four seats can rotate through 360 degrees in addition to moving forwards and backwards,” SsangYoung says about the interior.
The press release talks about the technical specifications like this was a production model, revealing both front- and all-wheel drive, 6-speed manual and automatic gearboxes and two engine choices - one petrol one and a diesel, both displacing 1.6 liters.
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