As teased earlier, the SsangYong LIV-2 Concept has been unveiled at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. A concept it may officially be, but the LIV-2 is production ready – just remove the obvious showcar bits such as the fancy lights and tyres, visualise the cabin in black and we’re good to go.

The Limitless Interface Vehicle-2 (previously known as the development project Y400) is a large premium SUV that’s an evolution of the original LIV-1 Concept showcased at the 2013 Seoul Motor Show. With ‘Dignified Motion’ as the theme and ‘Robust, Specialty, Premium’ as the development philosophy, the LIV-2 comes off as tough and masculine.

The production car will be introduced in 2017, SsangYong says, and it will be a ‘key strategic model’ for the company that will drive future growth. The 4×4 will have body-on-frame construction. This showcar comes with SsangYong’s own 2.2 litre Euro 6 engine with 420 Nm of torque from 1,500 to 2,500 rpm.


The engine features electronic VGT and measures to reduce friction such as a variable oil pump and a low tension piston ring pack. Low pressure exhaust gas recirculation reduces NOx emissions under higher rpm and torque load. The engine will be paired with a seven-speed automatic gearbox from Mercedes-Benz. There will also be a 2.0 litre GDi petrol turbo engine.

The design brief for the cabin is a contemporary executive lounge within a chauffeur driven limousine, with ample space to work or relax and advanced communication technologies. Two individual rear seats are divided by a centre console. The seats have massage functions and there’s adjustable mood lighting above. Expect a conventional seat layout for the production car

An integrated communication system with three displays – a 9.2-inch monitor in the centre stack and 10.1-inch screens in each headrest – includes WiFi, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity and ‘premium entertainment quality’. All can be controlled from the second row centre console.

Would the Indian-owned Korean brand use its established Rexton name for the production LIV next year?