Ssangyong has showcased its new 'convertible' concept, the XIV-2, at the Geneva motor show
6 March 2012

SsangYong has showcased its new ‘convertible’ concept, named the SsangYong XIV-2, at the Geneva motor show.

The SsangYong XIV-2 – which stands for eXciting User Interface Vehicle 2 – is a successor to the similar concept that was on display at the Frankfurt show late last year.

XIV-2 is a crossover SUV-convertible and features a one-touch automatic opening soft-top, pram-style roof. It has been designed for a global audience and targeted at the younger generation.

The concept is 4166 long, 1820mm wide, 1566mm high and has a 2600mm wheelbase. Planned power options include frugal 1.6-litre diesel and petrol engines.

Chief technical officer Jae Wan Lee said: "It previews the new design language for our new entry level compact SUV. It's in a new segment and has bags of character. It's designed to appeal to new, younger customers."

The concept's hi-tech cabin gets big iPad-style screen in centre console. There is also extensive use of carbonfibre and aluminium trim.

Although SsangYong hasn’t revealed any details of the new car’s interior, XIV-1 featured an unconventional seating layout that could be configured as either 1+1+2 or 1+3. Dashboard functions on that car were controlled via mobile devices and smart instruments.

Ssangyong wants to boost sales to 300,000 units by 2016. It sold 113,000 in 2011 which was an increase of 40 per cent on 2010.

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13 February 2012

[quote Autocar]XIV-2 – which stands for eXciting User Interface Vehicle 2[/quote]

Oh, for goodness sake!

Mind you, the idea of a crossover/SUV convertible is surely one of today's few unexploited market niches. And it looks like SsangYong has got there first (in concept form at least) before we see an X6 or Evoque cabrio launched. It can't be long before they're all at it, surely...?

13 February 2012

[quote Paul123]

[quote Autocar]XIV-2 – which stands for eXciting User Interface Vehicle 2[/quote]

Oh, for goodness sake!

[/quote] And there I was thinking it was a welcome return for Roman numerals in car nomenclature...


13 February 2012

Hardly a cabrio in the traditional sense. This seems to be more like the Fiat 500 set up or a modern day version of a Webasto sunroof.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

13 February 2012

Before you get too excited, I'd ask how Nissan are doing with the Murano Convertible....

13 February 2012

[quote superstevie]Before you get too excited, I'd ask how Nissan are doing with the Murano Convertible...[/quote]

Ha! I must admit, I'd forgotten about that.

13 February 2012

"SsangYong teases..."

I'm sure SsangYong can do many things, but I struggle to imagine it being a 'tease' in any way, shape or form...


13 February 2012

the previous freelander had a soft top variant too.

As have any number of Jeeps, Vitaras etc.

Does this Ssanger look a bit Evoque-like or is it my imagination?

13 February 2012

[quote Paul123]

[quote superstevie]Before you get too excited, I'd ask how Nissan are doing with the Murano Convertible...[/quote]

Ha! I must admit, I'd forgotten about that.

[/quote]

Haha thats probably best forgotten! i hope they dont start making SUV convertibles...if they do i have no doubt we would see a cabrio X6...

6 March 2012

[quote K1NZ]i hope they dont start making SUV convertibles...if they do i have no doubt we would see a cabrio X6...[/quote]

I'd be surprised if there weren't already clay models of exactly that doing the rounds in Munich...

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