SsangYong going to Geneva with SIV-2 concept image

The automaker is ready to make a splash during the Swiss event early March when it will introduce the SIV-2 concept that will foreshadow an upcoming production SUV that will be slotted above the Tivoli.

The concept we’re about to see during the Geneva Motor Show is not actually entirely new because it will be presented as the natural evolution of the SIV-1 that was first showcased during the Geneva Motor Show almost three years ago. The production model based off these two concepts is expected to slot in the Nissan Qashqai segment and will have a five-seat cabin arrangement. The model should use the automaker’s new “Robust, Speciality, Premium” design styling and is tipped to become a crucial model in SsangYong’s return range.

The SIV-2 concept is being powered via an alternative powertrain which mates a turbocharged 1.5-liter gasoline engine and an electric motor linked to a lithium-ion battery pack. The crossover’s 48V mild-hybrid setup has been deemed as capable of “quiet and efficient driving, reduced CO2 emissions and silent running when idling and at slow speeds.” The model also has a lightweight construction and a low center of gravity but other than that the company has remained rather mysterious – they only tipped the concept’s chassis and suspension can be used to mate different powertrains – up to pure electrics. More details should be offered during the Geneva Motor Show and the production version should reach dealerships sometimes in 2018 and slot above the current Tivoli.