Text: AutoIndustriya.com / Photos: Newspress, Ssangyong | posted October 03, 2016 10:47
Could this be the all-new Rexton?
Ssangyong is looking to enter the large luxury SUV segment once more after debuting the LIV-2 concept at this year's Paris Motor Show. Billed by the company to preview a flagship model that will offer 'exclusivity, convenience, luxury and dignified power', the new concept bears the company's new design language and will become the basis of the automaker's key strategic model for its future lineup.
Beginning with the exterior, the LIV-2 has what Ssangyong calls the 'Nature-born 3Motion' design language which imbues the SUV with a tough, masculine look while still incorporating sleek aesthetics. Compared to the LIV-1 concept from which this is based on, the LIV-2 looks more like a production-ready model.
Size-wise, the LIV-2 concept measures in at 4,850mm long, 1,960mm wide, 1,800mm tall and has a 2,865mm wheelbase.
According to Ssangyong, the front grill resembles the spread of a bird's wings and will soon be incorporated in every model. Also present on the LIV-2 are the sleek wraparound headlights, front diffuser, kinked third-row window, aggressive C-shaped taillights and specially-made off-road tires that are quieter and less susceptible to aquaplaning.
Inside, Ssangyong claimed they designed the interior to have an executive lounge feel where passengers will have enough space to relax or work-on-the-go. Advanced infotainment and communication tech surround the cabin space, along with contoured seats wrapped in fine leather. Also seen inside the LIV-2 are ambient mood lighting, piano-black gloss panels and an integrated communication system with three displays.
The first one is the 9.2-inch display which is located at the center console while the other two are 10.1-inch headrests mounted monitors. Both monitors come with wi-fi, mirroring support, Apple CarPlay and Anrdroid Auto. Further providing the lounge-like experience are the onboard headsets, surround sound and phone recharging.
Two engines are available for the Ssangyong LIV-2 concept. First is the 2.0-liter GDI Turbo which delivers 225 PS and 350 Nm of torque. Over to diesel, there's the 2.2-liter Turbo. Benefitting from electronic variable geometry turbo (E-VGT), the engine produces 181 PS and 420 Nm of torque. Both engines can be mated to either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic gearbox. Four-wheel drive will come as standard as well.
In terms of safety features, the LIV-2 has spades. It gets nine airbags, advanced emergency braking systems (AEBS), blind spot monitoring, collision avoid system, traffic safety assist and high beam assist.
Ssangyong is hoping that the production version of the LIV-2 will make its global reveal by 2017.