That's the question that the South Korean automaker's XLV concept SUV coming to the Geneva Motor Show next month will ask. The XLV pairs a 1.6-liter diesel engine with an electric motor that's likely to boast fuel economy numbers above those of previous models, though SsangYong isn't disclosing any specifics. The XLV packs seven people into its 174.4 inches of length, which makes it about a foot longer than SsangYong's XIV-1 concept and about an inch longer than a Hyundai Tucson, just in case anyone's comparing South Korean SUVs. Those seven seats are arranged in an unusual 2+2+2+1 configuration, with the +1 seat sliding between the second and third rows somehow.
Last June, SsangYong showed off the Rodius crossover that was earmarked for the European market and had some improved styling. That model included a 2.0-liter diesel engine that delivered 153 horsepower. Other recent concepts include the XUV-1 at Frankfurt in 2011, the XIV-2 at Geneva in 2012 and the SIV-1 at Geneva last year. Check out SsangYong's press release on the XLV below.
SsangYong will unveil its new XLV concept (eXciting smart Lifestyle Vehicle) at this year's Geneva International Motor Show in March.
SsangYong XLV concept
The XLV is a multi-role B-segment SUV concept featuring significantly lower CO2 emissions thanks to its mild hybrid system which combines a 1.6 litre diesel engine with an electric motor powered by a lithium ion battery.
XLV is 290mm longer than the XIV-1 concept that preceded it, and provides accommodation for seven passengers in an innovative 2+2+2+1 arrangement, where the seventh seat slides between the second and third rows for optimum flexibility.
Showcasing SsangYong's new design philosophy 'Nature born 3 motion', this latest concept projects a rhythmical and dynamic exterior design and is aimed at appealing to the smart user who is active and seeks individuality and practicality.
Dimensions of the XLV concept: