SsangYong isn't exactly known for creating fun and exciting vehicles but the XIV-Air concept is a step in the right direction.

SsangYong isn't exactly known for creating fun and exciting vehicles but the XIV-Air concept is a step in the right direction.

Designed to preview a production model that will be launched in South Korea early next year, the XIV-Air has a distinctive targa roof that allows drivers to "enjoy the benefits of open top motoring." The crossover has also been equipped with HID headlights, plastic body cladding and aggressive bumpers.

The two-tone interior is more restrained but comes nicely equipped with heated front seats, a dual-zone climatecontrol system and a large infotainment system. The model also has metallic accents and blue and white upholstery.

SsangYong was coy on specifications but hinted the production model will be offered with 1.6-liter petrol and diesel engines which can be connected to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive will apparently be standard, while all-wheel drive will be optional.

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