The model looks like a rugged crossover but fits seven inside. Small 1.5- and 1.6-litre engines provide the power.
At the Geneva Motor Show, Ssangyong imagines a crossover for hauling the whole family by introducing the seven-passenger XAVL concept, which is a bizarre acronym for eXciting Authentic Vehicle Long. The company imagines it has a product with crossover styling and MPV versatility.
The chiselled styling gives midsize crossover’s generally boxy proportions a rugged look. There’s only a narrow grille in the front end, and a massive bumper dominates the concept’s face. A strip of LEDs span the upper portion of the nose and connect the headlights. Carbon-fibre-covered intakes provide some extra visual interest on the bonnet.
In profile, the hidden door handles and floating roof make the XAVL appear more modern. LEDs outlining the side mirrors add some extra light. At the rear, LED taillights stretch across the body’s full width. Some of the oddest exhausts ever integrate into the bumper. The weird outlets are wide but incredibly narrow.
Despite the off-road-orientated looks, the XAVL packs some rather small engines. Ssangyong says the crossover would use either a 1.5-litre petrol engine or a 1.6-litre diesel. A six-speed manual or automatic would only power one axle, so don’t expect to go too far off the beaten path without getting stuck.
Inside, the XAVL can fit up to seven people across three rows of seats. The driver would have a modern instrument panel akin to Audi’s Virtual Cockpit system, and there would be a wide array of active safety tech like automatic emergency braking, lane change assist, automatic high beams, and blind spot alert. Passengers would stay entertained with on-board wifi.
Ssangyong isn’t indicating whether the XAVL is actually going into production, but it says that the idea behind the vehicle points to the company’s future direction. The concept's look still evokes some of the firm’s current products, so don’t be surprised if this more chiselled evolution of the styling shows up on future models.
Gallery: Ssangyong XAVL concept
SSANGYONG SHOWCASES ITS XAVL MID-SIZE SUV CONCEPT AND 2017 KORANDO AT GENEVA
87th Geneva International Motor Show 2017
XAVL concept takes bold styling cues from the brand’s heritage
Signposts SsangYong’s future design and product development direction
Blends the ruggedness of an authentic SUV and the practicality of a seven seat MPV
New look for the ever-popular 2017 Korando crossover
SsangYong Motor Company, (CEO, Johng-sik Choi; www.smotor.com/en) has today presented a new vision for the brand’s SUV of the future at the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland - concept XAVL.
“As the oldest car brand and only specialist producer of SUV and 4x4 vehicles in Korea, it is incumbent upon us to lead the way in new product development in this sector. I am delighted to unveil this concept which signposts the future generation of SsangYong cars.
“XAVL is a further iteration of the XAV concept we presented at the Frankfurt motor show in 2015. This longer bodied car will accommodate seven passengers in comfort, and will be powered by both petrol and new clean-burning diesel engines.
“Of particular note, this concept draws heavily on our heritage, and unashamedly takes its design inspiration from our classic and iconic Korando model of the 1990s,” said Mr. Choi.
The SsangYong XAVL concept - eXciting Authentic Vehicle Long - is based on the product development philosophy of Robust, Specialty and Premium. XAVL presents a tough, masculine looking and authentic SUV concept that blends advanced convenience and practicality with a user-friendly interface, and indicates yet another strategic model to drive future growth for the brand.
With seven independent seats and providing wide inner space, XAVL takes on a differentiated role for a mid-size SUV, by combining off-road capability with the versatility and practicality of a multi-purpose MPV. The three rows of seats are in a two-three-two layout. The five seats comprising the second and third rows all fold and slide to maximise comfort and the use of space, while also affording the passenger/load carrying flexibility expected of both an SUV and MPV.
In contrast to the tough, masculine exterior, a comfortable and sensitive ambiance is created for the interior, enhanced by a wide and contemporary space with sophisticated, subtle illumination. In addition, the smart user interface enables free communication between passengers, the car and home.
The XAVL concept is a mid-size SUV, and takes its inspiration from the second generation classic Korando of the 1990s. This contemporary interpretation of the original car is expected to find its way into production as an authentic off-road SUV in the near future.
XAVL offers the choice of a Euro 6d-Temp compliant 1.5 litre petrol or 1.6 litre diesel engine, and matched with the option of a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission, and with a 2WD system.
The 1.6 litre diesel engine achieves CO2 emissions of 120~150g/km (2WD, MT/AT, with stop/start), while the 1.5 litre petrol engine gives CO2 emissions of 150~170g/km (2WD, MT/AT, with stop/start).
Safety is of prime concern to SsangYong, and the XAVL features an external airbag to provide increased protection to pedestrians, while passenger safety is further achieved through a central airbag between the driver and front seat passenger, as well as a driver’s knee airbag to enhance driver safety.
For drivers’ convenience and safety, XAVL is equipped with a suite of new electronic safety aids, including Advanced Emergency Braking System, Lane Change Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, High Beam Assistance, Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
The car is also equipped with a Smart Parking Assist System, a 10.25 inch full colour LCD display, and a wi-fi hotspot for the second and third row of seats. In addition, the car’s navigation, heating, ventilation & air conditioning, and the infotainment system located in the head lining, can all be controlled from a smart phone, while Link to Home IOT (Internet of Things) technology allows occupants to connect with their home and manage CCTV, security, domestic equipment and temperature control.
XAVL is 4,630mm long, 1,866mm wide, 1,640mm high, and has a 2,775mm wheelbase.
FRESH NEW-LOOK KORANDO FOR 2017
Spacious family accommodation and a great off-road performance
Distinctive grille and headlight treatment adopt the new SsangYong ‘look’
Front and rear cameras* for improved safety
The Korando SUV has been greatly enhanced for 2017 with a stylish new design, enhanced equipment and additional safety features.
The car sports a new-look front aspect, which has been redesigned to maximise the car’s robust character with a distinctive new shoulder-wing grille and headlight treatment, while safety has also been improved with the addition of a front view camera* - a first in this class of SUV.
European sales are set to commence from the second quarter of the year.
The new Korando SUV is designed for young families seeking an active lifestyle, and will appeal to those requiring a car that can handle the rough and tumble of family life - plenty of interior space for growing children and generous boot space for all their leisure equipment.
The car features daytime running lights using 11 high-luminescent LED lamps with separate lenses to improve visibility, new 18” diamond-cut wheels and a new ergonomically designed steering wheel.
The new car also gets both front and rear view safety cameras* for greatly enhanced safety, allowing the driver to monitor blind spots around the vehicle when parking or moving at low speed.
There is the choice between a 7” colour display offering a mirroring function to connect between a smart phone or an HDMI cable, and TomTom 7” navigation: both support the video camera displays, Bluetooth hands-free and iPod connectivity.
The new Korando is powered by a choice of a turbo-charged, Euro 6 compliant 2.2 litre diesel or 2.0 litre petrol engine*, and is matched with either a 6-speed manual or optional 6-speed Aisin automatic transmission for smooth, dynamic gear changing, comfortable driving and lively acceleration. The car also comes with either front wheel-drive, or a smart, on-demand all-wheel drive system, making it the ultimate leisure vehicle.
* - according to market
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