Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Press | posted October 03, 2014 15:50
The 2 concept SUVs carry Ssangyong's new design philosophy of Robust, Premium and Special
Korean automaker Ssangyong has arrived in full force for the Paris Motor Show, bringing with them the XIV-Air and XIV-Adventure B-segment SUV concepts that were first previewed nearly a month ago.
The XIV-Air and XIV-Adventure carry the brand’s design philosophy of ‘Robust, Premium and Special’ that is intended to create an connection with the car along with the design language called ‘Nature born – 3 Motion’ that Ssangyong says harmonizes the qualities of man, nature and car.
Outside, the white XIV-Air features a targa top roof; a unique feature in this segment according to Ssangyong. Furthermore, it has a pillar-less center that gives it seamless flowing look at the side while the front end has aggressively-styled headlights that sticks to the brand’s design philosophy.
On the other hand the green XIV-Adventure brandishes a heavy-duty bumper protector, roof rack and a search light to give itself an off-road demeanor. Completing the overall ruggedness of the Adventure is rear tailgate that echoes the Ssangyong look the brand became known for.
Inside, the XIV-Air has an interior with a two-tone color palette of white and blue. A metal central fascia tops off the cabin that stresses the car’s futuristic concept. Creature comforts and tech present in both cars are dual climate-zone controls, a ventilated driver’s seat, heated and power front seats, Bluetooth connectivity, MP3 playability via a USB/AUX connection, iPod connectivity and a rear view camera to make parking easier.
Powering both concept SUVs is either a 1.6-gasoline powered engine or a 1.6-diesel driven powerplant. No official figures were given by the company but both can be mated to a 6-speed manual or automatic gearbox that is then connected to a 2-wheel drive or all-wheel drive system. The diesel manual version rates the lowest in terms of emissions with 110-120g of CO2 per km while the gasoline manual ranks second at 140-150g of CO2 per km. In addition, both versions use the 2-wheel drive system.
Standard safety tech present in the concept SUVs include 7 airbags, ESP, Hill Start Assist, tire pressure monitoring system, a restraint system that prevents occupants from being thrown around during a rollover accident and an Emergency Stop Signal System that warns other motorists when the driver brakes too hard.