While globally SsangYong is back in the black after nine years, Ateco has called a ‘hiatus’ on the brand until it can secure more competitive wholesale prices from the factory.
Shown as a concept car in Geneva, SsangYong says a production version of the XAVL (the term said to mean ‘eXciting Authentic Vehicle Long’) will be launched in 2020.
SsangYong says the production version will be offered in either two-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive with a choice of a 1.5-litre petrol engine or a 1.6-litre diesel both driving six-speed manual and automatic transmissions.
The concept car showcased front and rear electric motors to boost the internal combustion engine but no word on whether this will feature in production.
It’s a mid-size seven-seat SUV (4,630mm long, 1,866mm wide and with a wheelbase of 2,775mm) with the seats configured in a 2-3-2 layout.
A development of the XAV concept car shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2015, and while more mainstream in appearance than that vehicle, the XAVL looks tough and purposeful.
Featured on the concept cvar but unlikely to make it to production are carbon fibre intakes on the bonnet, LED light strips on the exterior mirrors and the futuristic exhausts.
Some interesting technology too – the infotainment system is mounted in the roof lining and it can be controlled remotely (along with the air-conditioning) via smartphone. And there is an inbuilt link to Home Internet of Things technology so you can connect to your home or office and manage the likes of electronic equipment, air-conditioning, CCTV and security systems while on the road.
Speaking at the Geneva Show, SsangYong chief Johng-sik Choi said: “I am delighted to unveil this concept car which signposts the future generation of SsangYong cars. XAVL is a further iteration of the XAV concept car we presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2015.This longer bodied car will accommodate seven passengers in comfort, and will be powered by both petrol and new clean-burning diesel engines.”
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