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SsangYong has definitely taken a bold step in offering a glimpse into the future of the current Korando crossover. Behold the XAV-Adventure concept, which will help redefine the future of compact SUVs produced by SsangYong. Together with the Tivoli, the company is on a mission to design vehicles for the active younger generation.

First seen in Seoul, the XAV-Adventure displayed in Frankfurt is being marketed as a ‘true SUV’. It’s chunky and masculine, and it draws on the designs of iconic 4×4 trucks in the days gone by. In terms of its proportions, the concept is 4,190 mm in length, 1,880 mm in width, 1,650 mm in height and has a 2,600 mm wheelbase.

While there are no interior shots available, the company claims that the interior is minimalistic yet highly practical. It has a blend of black and natural brown colours and the inner element of the carbon roof has a ‘convertible canvas’ opening to give an ‘open-top’ motoring feel.

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There is a choice of a 1.6 litre diesel and 1.6 litre petrol engine, and both power plants complement a hybrid electric E-4WD system. The hybrid system has a 10 kW (13 hp) front motor and generator and two 30 kW (40 hp) rear wheel motors that have two driving modes: hybrid fuel economy and hybrid performance.

It also has SsangYong’s 3S-CUBE system, which includes a special sensing device that works with a smart motion control system, electric air suspension and ‘stereo vision’ to determine road conditions and adjust the suspension accordingly. For example, on rough terrain, the suspension makes the ride softer, while at higher speeds, it becomes firmer and lowers the ride height for less roll and pitch.

Engineered for ‘real off-road adventure’, this concept offers high ground clearance, whoch SsangYong claims offers ‘good ramp break-over angle that is capable of water-wading and climbing steep gradients’. Run-flat tyres are also offered.

Current SsangYong Korando crossover