With an exterior design that looks pretty much the same as the Evoque, the Korean automaker SsangYong has revealed its XIV-1 Concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show, a vehicle which previews the company’s future with the “lines” being drawn on new models.
Even if the XIV-1 Concept doesn’t have a real chance to enter production, one of the main impediments being the C-pillars which will definitely get on the driver’s nerves when putting the car into reverse, SsangYong’s new creation, with its fluid lines that offer a less aggressive design, it’s a start for future models coming out of the Korean production line.
Most designers are putting an accent on “suicide doors” these days and SsangYong’s staff has also implemented that to its XIV-1. Even if it’s a concept car aimed at the premium B-segment, the Korean automaker didn’t provide any information about its powerplant except that it’s a 1.6 liter inline four-cylinder gas engine or the same configuration with diesel entering its fuel tank.
Even if the Korean automaker says that a version of the crossover is bound for production, don’t expect to see it in a driveway anytime soon.
SsangYong is specialized in SUVs and this has attracted India’s automaker Mahindra and Mahindra attention, so the Korean company might find a new “owner” in the future because the Indians are planning to launch diesel pickups in the US.