SsangYoung has unveiled its SIV-2 concept at the Geneva motor show. The SIV-2 is an evolution of the original Smart Interface Vehicle concept that was revealed at the Geneva motor show in 2013, and previews a new large SUV that will sit above the Tivoli crossover.
The SIV-2 concept is powered by a mild hybrid powertrain, which features a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine combined with a small electric motor, coupled to a lithium-ion battery. SsangYong claims that the 48V mild-hybrid set-up offers “quiet and efficient driving, reduced CO2 emissions and silent running when idling and at slow speeds”.
The new model is expected to be around the same size as the Nissan Qashqai and offer seating for five. The interior of the concept car features Alcantara and Italian suede lining, a woodgrain floor, bucket seats fitted with speakers and illuminated decals on the door panels and side consoles that change in sync with music.
The SIV-2 concept will feature lightweight bodywork, a low centre of gravity and as claimed by the company, “a chassis and suspension system that can be further developed to create alternative models with high-efficiency powertrains, such as HEV, PHEV and EVs to future-proof the SsangYong brand”.
This could mean that when the production version of the concept does go on sale in 2018, it is likely to be offered with a variety of alternative powertrains as well as regular combustion engines.