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.
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.