SsangYong previews Concept XUV 1 ahead of Frankfurt debut

There'll be plenty to see when we land in Frankfurt next month. And while SsangYong might not be at the top of the list, the Korean automaker will be on hand with a new crossover concept.

Having unveiled the Actyon-based SUT 1 concept in Geneva a few months back, SsangYong will present the Concept XUV 1 at the German expo. The shadowy renderings only give a glimpse at the vehicle's design, but show a more flowing shape than its existing stablemates. A windscreen that visually wraps around to the C-pillars works with a glass roof panel to give plenty of light to the flexible cabin configuration packed with what SsangYong calls the latest in automotive technology.

We'll reserve final judgement until we rush by it on the Messe's massive show floor, but for now you can follow the jump for the full press release and scope out the renderings in the gallery for more.
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AA International Motor Show 2011

- Compact SUV concept illustrates SsangYong's latest design and engineering
- Full details of Concept XUV 1 will be released at the IAA next month
- Available to view on stand D10 in Hall 8.0

When the doors open to the 64th IAA International Motor Show on the 13th September, SsangYong will be ready to reveal one of the stars of the event - an innovative new compact crossover concept.

The Concept XUV 1 has at its core the ideals of a moving communication space. SsangYong's designers set themselves the goal of creating a new automobile culture based on performance, safety and an awareness of the environment.

A showcase for the latest SsangYong design capabilities, the Concept XUV 1 uses extensive glass areas along with carefully curved bodywork to look imposing without seeming to appear 'aggressive'. The wraparound windscreen visually extends the glass area virtually uninterrupted to the large C-pillars, perfectly complemented by a full length glass roof.

Described by its creators as a premium CUV – Crossover Utility Vehicle – the Concept XUV 1 perfectly illustrates the robust image of SsangYong vehicles coupled with an appearance highlighting speed and power. The innovative interior design introduces new 1+1+2 or 1+3 seating layouts, challenging conventional cabin design and highlighting the flexibility available from SsangYong's latest platform technology.

The spacious interior is also packed with the latest automotive technology, leading to the show car's name: Concept XUV 1 is derived from Excellent User Interface Vehicle 1. All major cabin functions are controlled via mobile devices and smart instruments, while the coach style door offers easy access to the futuristic cabin.

All this versatility comes within the confines of a compact B segment sized vehicle, a sector which has experienced rapid growth in crossover models in recent years. Offering the high seating position and rugged feel of a full sized SUV without any compromise in running costs, crossover models on a supermini scale are fast becoming the ideal motoring solution for today's driver.

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