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Ssangyong looks to take on the best of Europe with its new B-segment crossover, which will go on sale in 2015

Ssangyong's new B-segment crossover has been spotted testing in Europe ahead of a planned debut at the Geneva motor show next year.

Previewed since 2011 with concepts including the XLV and SIV-1, the X100 will compete with the likes of the Nissan Juke, Peugeot 2008 and Renault Captur when it goes on sale towards the middle of next year.

The X100 will again be previewed with a concept car at the Paris motor show in October. However, while previous concepts have only hinted at the car's styling this final concept will be very close to the production model. 

It's understood that Ssangyong's plan for the X100 will be to launch a five seat model first, before following up with a longer wheelbase version with seven seats soon after. The X100 is set to ride on a newly-developed platform.

Power for the X100 will come from a range of new four-cylinder 1.6-litre petrol and diesel engines. Both will be Euro 6 emissions compliant, and will come connected to either a six-speed manual transmission or optional 6-speed CVT. A hybrid variant, which combines the diesel engine with a lithium ion battery, is also being considered.

Sitting below the Ssangyong Korando in Ssangyong's line-up, it's expected that the X100 will be priced below the £14,195 of the entry-level Renault Captur. Given the current Korando starts at £14,995, a price tag close to £12,500 is likely.

These latest pictures show that Ssangyong is concentrating on developing the X100 for the European market, although rumours persist that the Mahindra-owned company will also look to break into the US. Such a move would be key in ensuring the firm could make good on its ambitions to produce 300,000 vehicles per year by 2016.

A Ssangyong spokesman told Autocar the X100 would have "international appeal".

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scotty5 12 August 2014

Under cover.

Ssangyong - potentially a car which looks better with the camouflage left on.
Moparman 12 August 2014

Great minds...

That was my first thought exactly! If the Rodius is anything to go by then, by all means, keep a sack on it!