SsangYong Motor Company, a
South Korean car major controlled by Mahindra & Mahindra, unveiled a
possible future midsize SUV to the international media at the Geneva Motor Show
The SsangYong SIV-2 (Smart
Interface Vehicle) is a midsize premium SUV development concept. It is the next iteration on from the SIV-1
showcased at Geneva two years ago, and takes a step further under the design
concept of ‘Dynamic Motion’.
Based on SsangYong’s
development theme of ‘Robust, Specialty, Premium’, this new concept pursues the
emotional interface between the driver and car, and will evolve to become a key
strategic model within the SsangYong range.
The essence of the SIV-2
design is the association with the power and dynamism found in nature, and
represented by SsangYong’s design philosophy of ‘Nature Born 3 Motion’, which
has been at the heart of SsangYong’s vehicle design language since it was first
articulated in the XIV concept series.
The styling of the SIV-2 has
been inspired from the evolution of mountains and canyons and encapsulates the
strength nature required to form them over time. The sleek flowing shape of the car is
harmonious throughout its silhouette and derived from the ordered forming of
At the front, the shoulder
wing design seen on a number of previous SsangYong concept cars and first in
production with the Tivoli, embraces the slim, broad radiator grill and
stretches out to include the headlights.
The interior of the SIV-2 is
designed to be as dynamic and contemporary as the car’s exterior, so the
designers have created a look of understated simplicity that blends well with
the delicate yet strong elements of the vehicle to engender a new level of user
SIV-2 features a spacious
passenger-friendly interior that challenges the rules of normal driving
experience, and features a bilateral symmetrical instrument panel and four
independent bucket seats to give the dynamic yet cossetting and safe driving
spirit expected of a sports coupé.
The SIV-2 is a mild hybrid
car, powered by 1.5 litre direct injection turbocharged petrol engine combined
with a 10kW electric motor-generator and a 500Wh lithium ion battery. This creates a 48V mild hybrid system which
offers quiet and efficient driving, reduced CO2 emissions and silent running
when idling and at slow speeds.
This eco-friendly concept
features a lightweight body, a low centre of gravity and a chassis and
suspension system that can be further developed to create alternative models
with high efficiency powertrains such as HEV, PHEV and EV to future proof the
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