The SsangYong LIV-2 concept car, just unveiled at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, is set to be a preview of the next-generation Rexton SUV. The brand hopes the production version will push it upmarket and grab it a slice of the premium SUV set.
The styling theme is bold with a grille supposedly evoking a bird spreading its wings. Pronounced haunches around the rear wheels tentatively evoke the Bentley Bentayga and VW’s upcoming Teramont SUV.
Inside, a large 9.2-inch touch-screen takes pride of place between two vertical vents. A state-of-the-art interface with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility is part of the equation, with a rear touch-screen giving access to back passengers. A white leather theme provides a classy touch.
Emergency braking uses radar and inbuilt lasers to look ahead for any potential obstacles while high-beam assist, cross-traffic alert and blind-spot monitoring complete a very heavy safety arsenal.
Powertrain-wise, two engines have been promised; a 165kW 2.0-litre direct injection four-cylinder turbo with 350Nm of torque, with either a six-speed auto or manual, or a 2.2-litre turbo-diesel with 133kW and 420Nm. The diesel can be had with either a seven-speed auto or six-speed manual.
SsangYong still has an active presence in Australia, so it is very possible we could see this Sorento/Kluger rival here some time in 2017. What do you think of it?