SsangYong's XLV concept has make its official debut at the Geneva Motor Show this week, showcasing the South Korean automaker's new "Nature Born 3 Motion" design language and previewing a new core model for the brand.
Measuring just two centimetres longer than a Korando, the XLV concept features a 2+2+2+1 seating arrangement that sees the seventh seat sliding between the four rearmost seats.
It also features a diesel-electric hybrid powertrain, with a 1.6 litre turbodiesel paired with a 10kW electric motor.
A 500W/h lithium-ion battery pack supplies power to the electric assistance motor, and the XLV emits a claimed 98g of carbon dioxide per kilometre in manual transmission form.
Whether that powertrain makes it into the production version is anyone's guess, but with Mitsubishi's Outlander PHEV about to enter the Australian market this year the idea of a hybrid SUV from SsangYong isn't so outlandish.
Will the innovative seven-seat layout also translate into the production car? We're not so sure on that one, and it's doubtful that Ssangyong will keep the slow-selling Korando in its lineup when the XLV arrives in showroom-ready form.
However, with an expected production debut sometime before 2016 we won't have to wait long to find out.
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