SsangYong LIV-2 SUV concept revealed ahead of Paris introduction image

The South Korean automaker has announced its intention to introduce a new prototype SUV during the Paris Motor Show starting early October, with a production version expected to swiftly follow in 2017.

The first official images of the new SUV concept, called LIV-2, reveal a study for an upcoming production “large premium SUV.” This is a follow-up to the LIV-1 concept presented during the Seoul Motor Show in 2013, and also acts as the final development phase for the Y400 development model. The company claims the LIV-2 “advances the car’s design language and helps to communicate the brand theme of Dignified Motion.” The new take comes with a fresh approach for the front end, with a more fleshed out radiator grille, flanked by sweptback headlights incorporating LED daytime running lights. The bumper has also been modified, packing LED fog lamps and slightly larger air intakes.

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The general shape has remained the same but the back end has also been styled out with new taillights with 3D LED graphics, and a new diffuser. The LIV-2 is most likely previewing the new generation Rexton SUV and the model “will be launched next year.” The show concept packs two Euro 6-compliant engines – a 2.2-liter turbodiesel and a 2.0 petrol GDi unit – most likely engines that will also carry over to the production version, and the concept’s interior features for separate seats, most likely just a feature that will not pass over to the production version.