Among the many, jaw dropping and awe inspiring concepts currently being unveiled at the ongoing Paris Motor Show, stands another one from the Mahindra owned Korean automaker SsangYong, Called the LIV-2 SUV Concept, the same is expected to form the basis of the automaker’s upcoming next-generation flagship SUV, the Rexton.
The Limitless Interface Vehicle (LIV-2), features an evolved design language over the LIV-1 concept which was first showcased at the Seoul Motor Show back in 2013 and is based on the manufacturer’s philosophy of ‘Robust, Specialty, Premium’. The final, production ready avatar is expected to make its world debut sometime during the year 2017.
The design language of the SsangYong LIV-2 concept features a robust look of that of a go anywhere SUV. Featuring a strong and durable body-on-frame construction and utilizing SsangYong’s specialist four-wheel-drive system, the LIV-2 is equipped with an intelligent interface that facilitates active communication between the driver and car.
The ‘limitless potential’ of the LIV-2 implies it can go almost anywhere, while also offering premium comfort and the driving experience of a luxurious limousine, with abundant space in the second row of seats and equipped to achieve the most relaxing ambiance.Up-front the radiator grille has been inspired by the spread wings of a bird - first seen on Tivoli and symbolizing liberty and freedom, and this new front end design will now be shared across all future SsangYong models to create a distinctive and recognizable new identity for the marquee. Also Read: Mahindra shelves its plan to launch the SsangYong Tivoli in India
Additionally, the intense character lines on the car’s side - especially towards the back where they rise up towards the rear bumper, and again first seen on the Tivoli, will also become another future styling cue for SsangYong. Notable new features include electric side steps fitted to both sides for safety and convenience, and advanced technology that creates an illuminated path for passengers approaching or leaving the car at night. Also Read: Mahindra SsangYong XAV likely to make it to production soon
The powertrain of the SsangYong LIV-2 concept gets a 2.2 litre Euro 6 diesel engine with a 2,000bar common rail direct injection system to achieve a powerful yet efficient performance, while reducing noise and increasing responsiveness. The low-speed fifth generation E-VGT (Electronic-Variable Geometry Turbocharger) helps deliver a maximum torque of 420Nm within the range of 1,500 - 2,500rpm. This powerful engine is matched to a Mercedes-Benz 7-speed automatic transmission, and delivers a fun-driving experience with optimal performance and efficiency.
A newly developed petrol 2.0 litre GDi turbo engine is also available. Featuring an integrated exhaust manifold head with an electric waste gate actuator helps achieve good fuel efficiency as well as excellent NVH (noise vibration and harshness) values.