Ssangyong SIV-1 that made its debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show is the next iteration of the XIV concept that was first viewed at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show. SIV-1, which is intended to be a styling concept, is a crossover that’s comparable to that of the Kia Sportage and the Nissan Qashqai.
The concept aims to sum up Ssangyong's new design language of 'Nature Born 3 Motion'. The SIV-1 uses the theme of creating a dynamic presence, which is why it gets the prominent strikes in the body, thin glasshouse and bold front grille/bumper. The interior of the SIV-1 has a minimalist look, with the main feature being a big central screen.
The Mobile Auto System is controlled by the screen. This feature permits content from a smartphone or tablet to be used through the car. It is also equipped with four individual bucket seats that offer the sporty but safe spirit of driving that’s expected from a sports coupe.
Even with its concept status, Ssangyong has disclosed technical information on two engines for the SIV-1. It is available with either a petrol variant (a 1.6-litre turbo with 202bhp and 206lb ft) or a diesel version (a 1.6 with 148bhp and 265lb ft.). The two are offered with either a six-speed manual or dual-clutch transmission.
The new SsangYong SIV-1 Concept features a design that is inspired by intense movements created during the most significant moments of nature like birth of life. Its exterior design is laden with styling cues typical of a crossover. SsangYong SIV-1 adopts the all-in-one concept of the crossover while employing several design cues of other vehicle types.
As designed, the concept’s massive rear bumper and its body character lines convey the dynamism of the birth of life. Its wide C pillar, meanwhile, is divided the greenhouse style molding and roof line, thereby exuding a sense of speed and the sporty nature of the SsangYong SIV-1 Concept.
Overall, the SIV-1 Concept’s bold front and rear ends as well as its strong sides conveys the brand’s vaunted robust styling. Up front, the concept’s radiator grille is blended yet is actually separated from the headlamps. Moreover, the SUV features sidelines that smoothly flow to the rear, which has been boldly divided.
Meanwhile, the interior of the SIV-1 Concept exudes roominess and dynamism. It is marked by subtle simplicity that contrasts well with the concept’s strong elements. The interior features a metallic center fascia that – along with state-of-the-art technologies and features – helps create young and modern impressions. The new SIV-1 Concept is provided with a neat instrument cluster that boasts of dynamic graphics, thereby conveying a new sense of sportiness.
On the other hand, interior elements like the bilaterally symmetrical instrument panel and four independent bucket seats communicate a driving experience that isn’t only sportily dynamic but also safe – just like when piloting a sports coupé.