SsangYong Motor Company revealed that it will be officially unveiling the XAVL SUV Concept during the 2017 International Geneva Motor Show on March 9-19, 2017.
XAVL stands for “eXciting Authentic Vehicle Long” and there is no doubt that it was the classic Korando model, released sometime during the 1990s, that served as its inspiration. It has a muscular and strong appearance that combined with innovative convenience features as well as the practicality present in a multi-purpose MPV. Inside, the XAVL concept can fit comfortably a total of seven passengers.
Aside from the excellent space provided in the interior, occupants will also get to enjoy user-friendly interface like the digital display and connected car technology. Meanwhile the safety feature equipped in this concept car helps not just the driver and the passengers but even the pedestrian. It will be powered with either a petrol engine or a diesel version.
The XAVL SUV concept follows the XAV concept, which was presented by SsangYong during the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. Through the XAV concept, the company wanted to show not only the future but how a new version of the Korando would actually look like. The one shown in Frankfurt had a strong look while providing a hint to the amount of space inside.
It had a boxy design showing compact dimensions: overall length of 4.19 m, total width of 1.88 m, and height of 1.65 m. While the company did not show the interior at that time, it was revealed that the cabin would follow a minimalist design yet offer enough practicality. The rear door for example has a storage compartment which allows long items to be loaded.
Further, SsangYong said that while the XAV will have a hybrid powertrain, one version will have a petrol-engine powering it and the other will use a diesel unit. They are then helped by a pair of electric motors with one being placed on the front axle and the other on the rear axle. These electric motors will also serve as the generator.
Another distinct feature presented in the XAV is the 3S-CUBE system. It makes use of a special sensing device that when combined with the “stereo vision,” electric air suspension, and smart motion control system, immediately modifies the suspension to adapt to the current condition of the road.
Established in 1954, SsangYong is currently the fourth largest automaker in South Korea. It had its beginnings from two companies who later merged to become Ha Dong-hwan Motor Co.
The company would later change its name to what it is now in 1986. At present, the company has four manufacturing facilities with the main one located in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, and the rest in Russia, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan. It is now a subsidiary of Mahindra & Mahindra Limited after the acquisition agreement was completed in 2011. Its present CEO is Johng-sik Choi.