With the first major European auto show coming out in just a few weeks, everyone – even SsangYong – is looking to tease us to their latest introductions.
The South Korean automaker is preparing to take the wraps off a new midsize SUV concept – inaptly named XAVL, because it has a very long name and we’re short on time (eXciting Authentic Vehicle Long). This midsize vehicle should come with styling inspired by the second-generation Korando – offered between 1996 and 2006. More importantly, it’s a follow-up to the XAV that was first showed in September 2015 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Just like about any other SsangYong concept, this one too has a quirky designation – eXciting Authentic Vehicle Long (XAVL).
The company says it’s a mix between the off-road prowess of an SUV and the practicality and roominess of an MPV. It seats up to seven people in the high-tech interior, barren of too many physical controls. There’s only a touchscreen fitted in the middle of the dash and an all-digital instrument cluster. The automaker adds its latest safety and assistance systems have also been used – and believe it or not, the powertrain is very much classical: gasoline engine or a “new clean-burning diesel”.