After releasing design sketches of their new seven-seater crossover, Ssangyong has officially revealed the XAVL concept at the 87th Geneva International Motor Show. Short for “eXciting Authentic Vehicle Long”, it's the further iteration of the original XAV concept shown in Franfkurt two years ago and follows the product philosophy of 'Robust, Specialty and Premium'.
“XAVL is a further iteration of the XAV concept we presented at the Frankfurt motor show in 2015. This longer bodied car will accommodate seven passengers in comfort, and will be powered by both petrol and new clean-burning diesel engines. Of particular note, this concept draws heavily on our heritage, and unashamedly takes its design inspiration from our classic and iconic Korando model of the 1990s,” said Johng-sik Choi, CEO of Ssangyong Motor Company.
As mentioned earlier, the XAVL harks back to the design of the second-generation Korando while incorporating modern design cues. Up front, it gets a sleek face that is dominated by distinct headlights and aerodynamic front bumper. Over to its side, the squared-off wheel arches and large alloy wheels pay tribute to Ssangyongs of old.
At the rear, the XAVL gets elongated taillights that is spruced up by a high gloss black trim. Like the front fascia, the rear bumper also gets an aerodynamic kit from which the dual exhaust pipes exit.
Inside, the XAVL can seat seven in comfort thanks to its 2-3-2 seating layout. In addition, Ssangyong stated that the XAVL combines the practicality and off-road capability of an SUV, with the versatility and space of an MPV. Ambient lighting comes as standard, along with high-quality leather upholstery.
Over to in-car features, the XAVL has the following: 10.25-inch LCD media display, wi-fi hotspot for the second and third-row seats, navigation, automatic climate control and smartphone linking. As for safety, a suite of driver aids is standard equipment on the XAVL. These include: Smart Parking Assist, emergency braking system, lane change assist, lane keep assist, high beam assist, blind spot detection and rear cross traffic alert.
Available engines in the XAVL concept include a 1.5-liter gasoline engine and a 1.6-liter turbo-diesel. Both engines are Euro6 compliant and can be married to either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission.
It is unclear whether Ssangyong will make a production version of the XAVL, but they did mention that the concept provided them a new direction in making future crossovers and SUVs.