Korean automaker SsangYong has brought the wraps off the SIV-2 Concept in Geneva. The SUV previews what could eventually be the brand’s future in the midsize SUV segment, next to the B-segment Tivoli crossover. The name of the SUV actually stands for Smart Interface Vehicle and it’s the next iteration of the SIV-1 which made an appearance in Geneva two years ago.
Designed with the brand’s new “Dynamic Motion” concept, styling of the concept has evolved. The SIV-2 gets character lines that stream from the front to the rear. Compared to the SIV-1, the front is now more aggressive thanks to a pair of new headlamps, new upper and lower grilles, lower bumper and a sleek bonnet. The styling is called SsangYong’s Robust Aesthetic design theme.
To add to that, the SIV-2 gets larger wheel arches, a glossy black roof, a wide C-Pillar and a newly-designed rear hatch. Inside, the SIV-2 gets more lines that flow from the doors and around the fascia – the brand says it is inspired by the Korean gayageum (stringed instrument). There’s soft texture materials, Alcantara and premium Italian suede on the headlining and pillars.
It appears that the SIV-2 is strictly a four-seater SUV. According to SsangYong, the four independent bucket seats come with speakers mounted in them. The reason behind the fixture of bucket seats, on the other hand, is to give a “dynamic yet cosseting and safe driving spirit expected of a sports coupe.”
The SIV-2 comes with woodgrain flooring and subtle interior lighting. On top of that, lighting graphics in the door panels and centre consoles respond to the tune of the music being played. The brand also notes that the instrument cluster comes with dynamic graphics, while “cutting-edge IT devices connecting with the latest technology” is available.
Meanwhile, the SIV-2 is a mild hybrid vehicle. It’s motivated by a turbocharged 1.5 litre direct-injection petrol engine, coupled to a 10 kW (13 hp) electric motor-generator and a 500 Wh lithium-ion battery. The 48V mild hybrid system in turn promises better efficiency, reduced emissions and a quieter driving experience.
SsangYong notes that the concept, with its lightweight body, low centre of gravity along with its chassis and suspension system, can all be further developed to create alternative models such as a hybrid electric vehicle (HEV), plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) and an electric vehicle (EV).