Tivoli XLV and SIV-2 concept revealed as both are headed for Geneva show debut

SsangYong  is preparing not one, but two new world debuts for the 2016 Geneva motor show.
It's a reflection of a brand with fast-rising sales, up 117% in 2015, albeit up to just 3300 in the UK. Mind you, that's nearly as many as Subaru sold here.

SsangYong is releasing these teaser images of the pair, before we see them for real at the Swiss auto salon on 1 March.

The XLV is a more practical, stretched Tivoli - a bit like the old engorged Nissan Qashqai+2, judging by these first photographs. An extra 235mm of bodywork is added behind the C-pillar, serving up a generous 720 litres of boot space.

The architecture and 2600mm wheelbase are identical to the regular Tivoli's. In this regard, it echoes the XLV Air concept car from the 2015 Frankfurt motor show - but this is now a real production car, for those needing a Tivoli with extra space for bums and bags.

Only a handful of details are confirmed at this stage: buyers will be able to choose from a 1.6-litre petrol or turbodiesel, mated to a six-speed manual or automatic transmission and driving the front or all four wheels, depending upon spec.

Over on the other corner of the Geneva show stand will be the SIV-2 - a full concept car depicting an additional 'mid-sized premium SUV concept,' says SsangYong.

Standing for Smart Interface Vehicle, this is the second such show car following in the tyre marks of 2013's SIV-1 concept car. The Koreans pledge it will eventually reach production and 'become a key strategic model within the SsangYong range.'
It's a mild hybrid, mixing a 1.5-litre direct-injection petrol engine with a 10kW electric motor and 500Wh lithium-ion battery pack. SsangYong claims it can drive silently around town on zero-emissions mode.

'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 SsangYong brand,' the company says.

Source: Carmagazine 


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