SsangYong is practically announcing its intentions to offer an electric vehicle –an SUV competing in the C-segment – by unveiling the new SsangYong e-SIV electric concept at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. Penned under the design concept of ‘New horizon, smart dynamism,’ the new e-SIV embodies the brand’s future approach to electric vehicles, autonomous driving as well as connectivity.
Building SUVs is nothing new to SsangYong, as the South Korean carmaker prides itself as a specialist maker of utilities and other vehicles that are designed for on-the-road and off-the-road use. The brand sees the new vehicle concept as instrumental in shaping the next generation of its utilities and EVs. The new e-SIV – which stands for stands for Electronic Smart Interface Vehicle -- is SsangYong’s fifth electric car concept shown at Geneva Motor Show. It follows the KEV1 in 2010, KEV2 in 2011, e-XIV in 2012, and Tivoli EV-R in 2015.
Essentially, SsangYong developed and built the new e-SIV concept to demonstrate not just its commitment to electric vehicles, but also its approach to creating a connected mobility solution and autonomous driving. As intended, the new e-SIV is both a styling study and a technology concept.
The design of the new e-SIV is derived from that of SsangYong’s next generation C-segment SUV. This dynamic, compact and balanced design follows the carmaker’s design language of ‘New horizon, smart dynamism.’ It basically provides a glimpse into future appearance of the brand’s electric SUVs. On the exterior, the new e-SIV is immediately identifiable as a coupe-SUV, featuring a highly practical and convenient body. It is styled to offer the space and rugged styling typical of an SUV, while delivering high levels of aerodynamic efficiency.
With the new e-SIV, SsangYong is showing that its next generation will be functional, efficient and dynamic. The new e-SIV also serves as a platform for an advanced connectivity interface as well as autonomous driving.
Inside, the new e-SIV offers an organized cabin space with four independent bucket seats. Its smart, user-centric interface is complemented by a wide and clear information display. Its instrument cluster comes with clear graphics suited for autonomous driving and future connectivity. The interior also features a Geonic pattern used for the soft materials, while ambient light surrounds the instrument panel and door trims.
As a technology concept, the e-SIV comes with a smart interface fused with the very latest technology. As made possible by machine learning-based voice recognition, autonomous navigation and the Internet, the new e-SIV realizes SsangYong’s aspiration to create a car for people and the future.
The new e-SIV boasts of Level 2 autonomy that makes use of a radar and camera sensor system. This autonomous driving technology could recognize the lane that the e-SIV is in while maintaining a safe distance from other vehicles on the road. It is possible to unlock Level 3 Autonomy by installing an additional sensor.
The new e-SIV offers a connected car function divided into three primary parts. The first is remote charging through a certain smartphone app. Second, the telematics service allows the use to remotely control a number of functions like turning the power on and off as well as vehicle management. Third, this connected car function offers an infotainment service that allows for the creation of personalized functionality.