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SUVs in Geneva: SsangYong’s SIV-2 concept; Subaru’s XV concept

KOREA’S SsangYong has presented its SIV-2 mid-size concept SUV in Geneva (main pic).

The SIV-2 concept (for Smart Interface Vehicle) is a clear departure from the first iteration and, in presenting the car in Geneva, SsangYong Motor Co chief executive Johng-sik Choi was upbeat about the “glimpse into the future” the new version provides.

“By launching the Tivoli B-segment crossover in 2015, SsangYong clearly demonstrated its ability to design, manufacture and sell a contemporary car that absolutely addresses customer demand; it is already our most successful new car launch, and has well exceeded expectations,” Choi said.

“Based on the experience and confidence we have taken from Tivoli, we are keen to create cars with the style, technology and features motorists will be looking for tomorrow.

“Projecting that thinking forward is essential, and I am delighted by the glimpse into the future this exciting new SIV-2 concept demonstrates.”

The SIV-2 uses a mild hybrid powertrain – 1.5-litre direct-injection turbocharged petrol engine that combines with a 10kW electric motor-generator and a lithium-ion battery.

The car maker said the concept features “a lightweight body, a low centre of gravity and a chassis and suspension system that can be further developed to create alternative models with high-efficiency powertrains such as HEV (hybrid electric vehicle), PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) and EV to future-proof the SsangYong brand”.

SsangYong says the vehicle was developed under its “dynamic motion” design creed, with a development theme of “robust, specialty, premium”.

SsangYong also used this year’s Geneva show to present a stretched version of the Tivoli.

SUBARU

Subaru’s next-generation XV crossover made its appearance in Geneva.

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Subaru says the XV concept was designed using the next-generation Dynamic X Solid design language and follows the lines of the Impreza hatch concept, that was uncovered at last year’s Tokyo motor show.

The XV concept mimics the same basic look of the Impreza road car but adds crossover touches including the matte black plastic cladding on the lower part of the body and the pronounced wheel arches, roof rails, under-body protection and rugged detailing at the front and rear.

Subaru has used silver, matte black and orange highlights for the sporty looking wheels, lower front bumper and roof rails “to express the diverse character of this crossover vehicle”.

Like the current XV, the new model will be based on the same new platform as the Impreza sedan and hatch, according to the corporate executive vice-president of Subaru’s parent company, Fuji Heavy Industries, Takeshi Tachimori.

“This will show you the design direction of the next generation Subaru XV. The new design places greater emphasis on the go-anywhere stance of Subaru XV,” he told the crowd at the Swiss auto show.

“We will adopt a new platform starting with the forthcoming Impreza and XV. The Subaru Global Platform will mark yet another important step in the driving confidence of our Symmetrical AWD vehicles.”

Tachimori highlighted the success of the XV in the European market since launch during his speech at the Geneva show.

“The Subaru XV first went on sale in 2011 as an AWD crossover model with an ideal size for the market here in Switzerland and elsewhere in Europe,” he said.

“XV has won particular praise for its sporty and casual styling, and has become an important model for us. It’s now making up 30 per cent of sales in Switzerland and across Europe.”

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