SsangYong Motor Co.’s LIV-2 large premium SUV concept has made its global debut at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. LIV-2 large premium SUV concept is basically the second version of the Limitless Interface Vehicle concept that was unveiled at the Seoul Motor Show in 2013.
This concept explores and advances a unique design language while conveying the concept of ‘Dignified Motion.’ It is powered by a 2.2 liter Euro 6 diesel engine and a newly developed petrol 2.0 liter GDi turbo.
It features an interior that looks and feels like a modern executive lounge lurking within a luxury limousine. In addition, LIV-2 offers ample space in which passengers could work or relax. It also offers an array of advanced communication technologies like an integrated communication system with three displays, Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto enhanced connectivity and Wi-Fi mirroring for devices. Users could control this infotainment system through a touch panel and they would be delighted to experience ‘surround sound’ premium quality entertainment.
Of course, the LIV showcases a number of advanced safety equipment such as Blind Spot Detection, High Beam Assistance (HBA), Lane Change Assist, Lane Departure Warning System, Traffic Safety Assist (TSA), and a Traffic Alert System. LIV-2 is equipped with an Autonomous Emergency Braking System (AEBS) that could provide warning when its sensing systems -- radar, laser scanning and camera sensor on top of the windscreen -- detect an obstacle like a car or pedestrian radar.
SsangYong also unveiled the 2017 version of its SsangYong Tivoli SUV, which has been further enhanced to feature a fully adjustable steering wheel for rake and reach, as well as improved ventilation for the front passengers. Rear passengers, meanwhile, could now comfortably enjoy reclining seats. The Tivoli now comes with new 2-position base for the boot floor, thereby increasing its level of cargo carrying capability as well as flexibility.
Despite these enhancements, the Tivoli remains as stylish as it is very safe and spacious. To make the SsangYong Tivoli safer, it comes with standard safety features like Autonomous Emergency Braking System (AEBS). It could also be availed with optional safety features like, High Beam Assistance Lane Keeping Assist System, Lane Departure Warning System and Traffic Signal Recognition.
SsangYong multi-role SUV estate has been also upgraded for 2017 with the same safety features for as the Tivoli, but with the addition of heated rear seats. SsangYong chief executive Johng-sik Choi remarked that the Tivoli and XLV allowed the carmaker to demonstrate its ability to design and build a new car from scratch in record time while making full use of its extensive knowledge to boost its status as the leading SUV maker in South Korea.
He noted that the SUV -- with over 100,000 units sold globally -- is helping transform SsangYong. He said the carmaker plans to repeat this feat with an all-new large SUV that will be sold in 2017. He added that the LIV-2 unveiled at the Paris Auto Show represents the final concept of SsangYong’s Y400 model, and is now at an advanced stage of testing.
Choi remarked that the LIV-2 embodies the brand’s luxurious approach to the SUV concept, while applying advanced technologies as well as high levels of safety. He added that the new SUV would also be a landmark model that will take the SsangYong brand to the next level. He disclosed that SsangYong plans to add a new model annually for the next couple of years -- each designed and built to widen the brand appeal to customers in international markets.
These vehicles are all built in South Korea. SsangYong Motor – of which 73 percent is owned by Mahindra & Mahindra – imports these vehicles into the United Kingdom through SsangYong Motor UK. In operation since 1954, SsangYong boasts of having around 60 dealers in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.