A production version will be launched next year.
SsangYong has released the first official images of a new SUV concept that will make its global premiere at the Paris Motor Show in early October. Dubbed the LIV-2, the study previews a future production “large premium SUV.”
This is the latest iteration of the LIV-1 concept exhibited at the Seoul Motor Show in 2013, and is the final concept of the Y400 development model. The South Korean manufacturer says the LIV-2 “advances the car’s design language and helps to communicate the brand theme of Dignified Motion.”
The revised concept comes with redesigned front end, featuring a more prominent radiator grille, flanked by sweptback headlights incorporating LED daytime running lights. There’s also a new shape for the front bumper, which now accommodates slightly bigger air intakes and LED fog lamps.
The overall shape of the concept hasn’t changed compared to the LIV-1, but the rear end has been refreshed. The LIV-2 brings new taillights with 3D LED graphics, and a new diffuser.
(SsangYong LIV-2 concept vs. SsangYong LIV-1 concept)
Back in May this year, it was reported the manufacturer is working on a new generation Rexton and it will be launched in 2018. SsangYong is now previewing it with the LIV-2, saying the model “will be launched next year.” The Rexton name hasn't been confirmed yet.
The Paris concept is powered by two Euro 6-compliant engines – a 2.2-liter turbodiesel and a 2.0 petrol GDi units. Most likely, these two motors will also be offered for the production model, while AutoExpress claims the engines will be available with the old seven-speed automatic gearbox of Mercedes-Benz initially, which will be replaced by a new eight-speed auto about 12 months after launch.
The only interior picture available at the moment reveals the concept will feature a four-seat layout with single seats for the second row. Taking into account the size of the car, its production version could ditch the two separated seats for a three-seat bench at the back.
Back to the study, SsangYong adds it features “high levels of safety” as well as “a contemporary luxury interior equipped with a suite of advanced communication technologies.”
We’ll know all the details on September 29, when the LIV-2 will make its official debut at stand 508 of the Paris Motor Show.
Source: SsangYong and AutoExpress