Korean carmaker SsangYong has been spied testing a new compact SUV this week, rumoured to be known as the X100.
Likely inspired by the XIV-1 concept revealed in 2011, the small crossover shown here will reportedly be teased once more with a new showcar at October’s Paris Motor Show.
The production version, undoubtedly the camouflaged prototypes we see in these shots, is expected to go on sale globally from the middle of next year.
Reports suggest that the X100, a rival to the likes of Nissan’s popular Juke and the Holden Trax, will be offered in both five- and seven-seat form.
The UK’s Autocar reports that the five-seat model will be the focus initially, with a longer wheelbase to be added to the range sometime after launch.
Both versions will ride on an all-new platform, and power likewise provided by a number of new petrol and diesel four-cylinder powertrains.
Euro 6 emissions compliance is expected, and six-speed manual and automatic CVT transmissions are also understood to be planned.
The Mahindra-owned company’s current line-up in Australia includes the recently refreshed Korando and Rexton, along with the Actyon ute and the large Stavic people-moving van.
In Australia, the X100 would enter a compact SUV market that has experienced significant growth in the past year.
End of July figures show the segment has passed 50,000 sales year-to-date, compared to 42,958 for the same period in 2013.
In Australia, the X100 would slot in below the Korando as a rival to the Ford EcoSport and Holden Trax, along with Peugeot’s 2008 and the ageing Nissan Juke and Skoda Yeti.
Other rivals in the coming year will include the Jeep Renegade and Honda HR-V. Mazda is also expected to launch a new 'CX-3' in the next two years.
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