Images released by Ssangyong preview seven-seat SUV concept ahead of its public debut at next month's Geneva motor show
Doug Revolta Autocar
20 February 2017

Ssangyong has revealed preview images of its new XAVL SUV concept ahead of its public debut at next month's Geneva motor show.

Ssangyong XAVL concept previews seven-seat SUV

The seven-seat XAVL is a new iteration of the five-seat XAV concept shown at the 2015 Frankfurt motor show, and is said to be inspired by the second-generation Korando model from the 1990s.

The new concept has a user-friendly interface with connected car technology and a digital display. Ssangyong also says it comes with new safety aids for pedestrians as well as drivers and passengers.

The concept is expected to be around 4630mm long, 1866mm wide, 1640mm high and has a 2775mm wheelbase. Those dimensions would pitch it in the same market as cars like the Skoda Kodiaq and Nissan X-Trail.

It will be powered by both petrol and diesel engines and would likely sit above a new Korando but below the forthcoming Rexton in Ssangyong’s line-up.

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The XAVL – which Ssangyong says stands for ‘exciting authentic vehicle long’ – could make production, but if it does it is unlikely to be on the roads before 2020.

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20 February 2017
I genuinely like the styling direction Ssangyong has taken lately with their Tivoli and the LIV concept, and now this. Judging by these renders this car is shaping up to be quite a distinctive and original looking design with clean surface proportions and an attractive, minimalist interior. And if the XAVL were to benefit from similar gains in driving dynamics as the Tivoli there's no reason why it shouldn't become a viable alternative in the market. The next 2-3 years should be interesting.

20 February 2017
Ssangyong have gone from strength to strength under Mahindra ownership,they're pretty solid good value vehicles,is there news of the latest Rexton's release?

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Our Verdict

Ssangyong Tivoli

We drive Ssangyong's new small SUV, which isn't up with the best in class but is certainly worth consideration as a budget option

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Driven this week