Many people may not be familiar with the name SsangYong but all that is about to change with its release of the XAV-Adventure Concept, which was unveiled at 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. This compact SUV is expected to offer a peek into the future with a reinterpretation for the fourth iteration of the Korando crossover.
The Korando is currently SsangYong’s longest and most successful brand. SsangYong is proud to say that the XAV-Adventure is truly an SUV. The masculine body style and the chunky proportions evoke memories of the iconic 4x4 ‘trucks.’
Much like these trucks, the XAV-Adventure is robust, strong, and has usable and roomy interior space that is able to meet the demands of those who want to bring bulky and large sporting equipment. Performance-wise, XAV-Adventure has the hybrid electric E-4WD system with the 1.6-liter engine that can come in either the petrol or diesel version.
The E-4WD has two electric motors (which are mounted on the rear) and a lithium ion battery. The system offers the driver security in both urban and off-road driving. It also comes in two hybrid performance modes -- economy and performance. It uses SsangYong’s own 3S-CUBE system.
The system combines an electric air suspension, smart motion control system, ‘stereo vision’, and special sensing device that can automatically determine the current condition of the road and then adjust the suspension in order to optimize comfort.
Suppose for example the car is travelling on a rough terrain, the suspension makes the necessary adjustments in order to ensure that the ride is softer even when at high speed. Furthermore, the suspension also becomes firmer to lower the ride-height and increase control by preventing roll and pitch.
This makes the XAV-Adventure good for driving under different conditions as it has been engineered to take on off-road driving. As with any SUV, is provides high ground clearance and when coupled with a superb ramp break-over angle, it can climb steep slopes and wade through water.
The pattern of the run flat tires is also suitable for either on-road or off-road driving, improving safety even further. The interior is remarkable as well. Despite the simple appearance, it is wide and at the same time highly practical.
The interior uses a mix of natural brown and black, giving it a luxurious and more modern atmosphere. Its design shows not only the style but also reflects the practical side of it. In the rear door for example is a storage compartment that allows one to load additional items especially when going on a leisure trip that includes a number of activities.
While the roof is made of carbon material, the inner part is made of convertible canvas. The roof enables a wider opening in order to feel that much closer to nature and at the same time experience the joy of driving ‘open top.’
SsangYong first displayed the XAV-Adventure during the Seoul Motor Show held early this year. SsangYong’s XAV-Adventure will indeed redefine the forward direction of its compact SUVs. With the Tivoli, the company knows that its product releases will be able to meet the needs of the younger and more active generation, who frequently go on trips and vacations.