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PostHeaderIcon The New Fourth-generation Ssangyong Korando Reaches The Shores of Switzerland

The fourth-gen Ssangyong Korando made its presence felt at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. Although it did not receive enough attention, there is no denying that this is an important product in the European market. The 2019 Korando is largely based on the SIV-2 design that was showcased at the same show three years back. What’s the most exciting thing about the launch, you ask? That it will be available as a fully electric vehicle by the end of 2019.

PostHeaderIcon New SsangYong Musso Pickup Launches in UK in Saracen, Rhino, & Rebel Trims

The new 2019 SsangYong Musso Pickup is poised to become a segment leader in the British market, where it starts from just £19,995. It’s a great workhorse, but what we like best about it is the name of its different trims: Saracen, Rhino, and Rebel. There is also an EX trim, but you don’t want that. It doesn’t sound cool. 

But if you want to buy the SsangYong Musso Pickup for work, it’s satisfying in that sense, too. The new model may look sleek and modern, but underneath it is still a rough and tumble pickup with quad-frame body construction, rugged 4×4 system, decent ground clearance, and excellent practicality. You get more than a tonne in payload, 3.5 tonne towing capability, and handy details such as euro pallet sized load deck with load-liner and tie-down hooks.

Being a sort of jack of all trades, the 2019 SsangYong Musso Pickup also offers a spacious, well-equipped interior with best rear seat legroom in the segment, nappa leather upholstery, heated steering wheel, electrically operated, and heated & ventilated seats. Powering this bad boy is a proven 2.2litre diesel engine with 180 Ps and 400 Nm of torque, mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox from Japan’s famous Aisin. The 20 grand pickup also comes with a 7-year/150,000 mileage warranty.









Other notable highlights of the Musso Pickup includes central locking, electric windows, cruise control, automatic lights and wipers, DAB audio and Bluetooth connectivity on all models, and available Apple CarPlay & Google Android Auto, Tom Tom navigation & reversing camera.

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PostHeaderIcon Ssangyong Korando

After years of getting mocked because it unveiled too many SUV concepts, SsangYong is now moving forward in the development phase of the fourth-generation Korando, as shown by a multitude of spy shots of the SUV doing some test runs out in public. The heavily camouflaged Korando didn’t reveal a whole lot of its skin, but the dramatically different shape of the SUV suggests that all the money SsangYong put into its SUV concepts are now being put to good use.

PostHeaderIcon SsangYong Tivoli Ultimate Launches in UK with Extra Kit

If you are a fan of SsangYong’s B-segment crossover, the Tivoli, it is now the time to go and get one. They just announced the limited edition SsangYong Tivoli Ultimate which comes with a bunch of extra features and equipment while remaining as reasonably priced as ever. 

Based on the range-topper ELX model, the 2018 SsangYong Tivoli Ultimate is all about equipment. The main highlights include LED foglamps, upgraded switchgear inside the cabin including a re-positioned handbrake lever, electrically operated and ventilated driver’s seat, and heated steering wheel. What’s more, the crossover come as standard with  Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, High Beam Assistance, and Traffic Sign Recognition.

These are, of course, in addition to the kit you get with a regular ELX, including eather upholstery, keyless starting, parking sensors and reversing camera, cruise control, electric windows, smart steering, a 7” touch screen with RDS radio, iPod & Bluetooth connectivity, TomTom navigation, diamond cut alloy wheels and dual-zone air conditioning. And if that is not enough goodies, there is a 400 quid Style pack with white or black roof, spoiler and wing mirrors.

SsangYong Tivoli Ultimate is powered by the tried and tested 1.6 litre Euro 6 petrol engine, which can be paired with either a 6-speed manual transmission or 6-speed Aisin automatic. As for the price, the manual version starts at £17,495, while the automatic is a grand dearer at £18,745. Pretty good value for money, you would agree.






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PostHeaderIcon SsangYong Musso

The pick-up market seems to be really heating up overseas, and South Korean automaker SsangYong is capitalizing on the growing segment with the introduction of the updated 2018 Musso at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show. In case you were unaware, SsangYong has been making 4×4 vehicles for more than six decades, and enjoys its position as South Korea’s only SUV and 4×4 specialist manufacturer. As such, the Musso pick-up joins SsangYong’s new flagship Rexton SUV to bolster it’s rough-and-ready portfolio.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2018 SsangYong Musso.

2018 SsangYong Musso Exterior

  • Looks bigger and bolder
  • Chrome embellishments on the grille
  • Flat-black lower cladding
  • Sharp headlights
  • Available 20-inch wheels

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“The range-topping trim level comes equipped with appropriately large 20-inch wheels with a chrome finish.”

SsangYong says the exterior styling of the Musso was inspired by “the dignified motion of nature,” or more concretely, the company’s latest design language, otherwise known as Nature-born 3 Motion. The aesthetic looks to offer rugged good looks that help it stand out as a capable, near-premium vehicle.

Let’s start in front, where we find chrome embellishments that stretch across the grille insert, adding an extra sense of width to the stance. The “shoulder wing” grille design is carried over from other models in the make’s lineup, stretching between the headlights in a hexagonal shape.

There’s also flat-black coverings along the lowest edge, which continue around into the profile and to the rear. The headlight housings are sharp, leading into the front fenders with a pointed outer edge.

Moving to the profile, we find additional character lines leading to the rear. These add a sense of muscle-bound strength, with sinewy details that visually increase the Musso’s exterior dimensions.

The doors get a new design feature meant to cover the sills and lower portions of the body, thus ensuring passengers don’t track in dirt from the flanks of the vehicle. The range-topping trim level comes equipped with appropriately large 20-inch wheels with a chrome finish.

When viewed from the rear, the Musso gets a tall, boxy stance, a characteristic enhanced even further thanks to the the tall taillight housings.

2018 SsangYong Musso Interior

  • Seats five comfortably
  • New interior design looks more upscale
  • Reduced NVH levels
  • Optional Nappa leather upholstery
  • DAB radio and Bluetooth as standard
  • 8.0-inch infotainment screen
  • Available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

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“The 2018 model arrives with an all-new interior design that’s meant to mimic the premium feel of a top-shelf SUV.”

Step up into the cabin of the Musso, and you’ll find a five-seater layout, with two passengers in front and three fitting onto the rear bench.

In terms of available space, the Musso looks to be pretty solid for the segment. It’s also rather upscale in terms of appointment and refinement. The latest 2018 model arrives with an all-new interior design that’s meant to mimic the premium feel of a top-shelf SUV, while still being durable enough to stand up to the rigors of normal use in a pick-up truck model.

To help underline its premium approach, the 2018 Musso includes the option for Nappa leather upholstery on the seats for the range-topping trim level. Heated front seats with a ventilation feature are also offered on “most” models.

Another crucial factor to the vehicle’s refined feel is the level noise, vibration, and harshness levels, or NVH, and the Musso delivers on this front thanks the the inclusion of eight individual body mounts, polyester wheel-arch linings, updates to the engine bay seals, and larger rubber engine mounts, all of which should help to take away the bouncy ride and noisy cabin that’s so common among pickup models. Further wind noise reduction comes courtesy of fourfold door seals and aero-efficient wiper blades.

On the infotainment front, the Musso gets DAB radio and Bluetooth connectivity as standard across the range. All models excluding the base model come with Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto smartphone support, as well as an 8.0-inch infotainment screen and Wi-Fi connectivity.

Electric windows, central locking, and air conditioning are also included as standard, as is a six-airbag safety system.

2018 SsangYong Musso Drivetrain

  • 2.2-liter turbodiesel
  • Same engine as the Rexton
  • Makes as much as 310 pound-feet of torque
  • Six-speed manual or six-speed automatic
  • Standard 4WD
  • High and low ratios

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“The Musso gets the same engine spec as the previously released Rexton SUV – a 2.2-liter turbodiesel making 310 pound-feet.”

Behind that long chrome line in the grille, the Musso gets the same engine spec as the previously released Rexton SUV. Dubbed the e-XDo220, this 2.2-liter turbodiesel powerplant is rated at a maximum of 180 horsepower at 4,000 rpm. When equipped with the automatic transmission option, maximum twist comes to a very decent 420 Nm (310 pound-feet) of torque between 1,600 and 2,600 rpm.

Buyers can get theirs with either a six-speed manual gearbox, or an Aisin six-speed automatic unit. Both connect to a standard 4WD system for the extra grip and go when you need it.

This standard 4WD system uses 2WD when fuel efficiency is preferred over extra grip, disengaging the front wheels to drive the rear axle full time. If extra drive wheels are needed, the system engages the front wheels “electronically as required.” The drivetrain also comes with a high and low ratio, which is what you want when doing all those traditional pick-up activities.

2018 SsangYong Musso Chassis And Capability

  • Body on frame construction
  • Made from high-strength steel
  • 1 tonne payload, 3.5 tonnes towing
  • Fits standard Euro pallet in the bed
  • Rear electric outlet

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“In terms of hauling, the Musso gets a bed that’s big enough to fit a full-sized Euro pallet in back.”

Under the skin, the 2018 SsangYong Musso utilizes a body on frame construction, which is a classic architecture used in a variety of workhorse and off-roading applications. In fact, it’s the same architecture as the Rexton SUV.

The quad-frame design is made from high-strength steel with a 1.5 Gpa-grade rating. A total of 81.7 percent of the underpinnings of the Musso are made from the stuff.

In terms of hauling, the Musso gets a bed that’s big enough to fit a full-sized Euro pallet in back. It also comes with a standard 1-tonne (2,205-pound) payload and a 3.5-tonne (7,716-pound) towing capacity. Pretty standard stuff for the segment, but it’s spot on for a model like this.

Finally, the rear cargo area comes with a few details that really help out when you’re at the job site, such as a 12-volt/120-watt outlet to power whatever you need to get the job done. There’s also a few rotating hooks and strap-downs to help secure the load.

2018 SsangYong Musso Prices


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The 2018 SsangYong Musso is scheduled to arrive in U.K. dealers this June. When it does, it’ll come with a price tag under the 20,000-pound mark. Three trim levels will be offered, and each will come with a 5-year unlimited mileage warranty.

2018 SsangYong Musso Competition

Ford Ranger


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While just now making its return to the U.S. market after a seven-year absence, the Ranger has been doing its thing overseas for a while now. In the U.K., you can get it with one of two power options, including either 2.2-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder, or a more potent 3.2-liter five-cylinder diesel, with 158 horses from the ‘four and 197 horses from the ‘five. Both 2WD and 4WD are on the table. While not necessarily the most frugal option, the Ranger still has what it takes to get the job done all the same.

Read our full review on the 2019 Ford Ranger.

Mitsubishi L200

The next competitor we’ve got lined up comes from Mitsubishi, which offers the L200 with a few different options for the cab and drivetrain. Either a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic routes the output, which gets created by a 2.4-liter MIVEC diesel powerplant. The engine can be had in two different levels of tune, including 178 horsepower and 151 horsepower. There’s also a variety of options on the table to make it more capable on the job and more comfortable in the cabin.

Conclusion


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The Musso (the name means rhinoceros when translated into english) is a nameplate that’s been working for the automaker since the ‘90s, and so far, it’s worked pretty well. Now with the segment heating up, it makes sense for SsangYong to double down on all the things that make this model shine.

The styling is definitely improved, while we’re liking the new interior spec too. The powertrain also looks like it’ll get the job done without breaking a sweat. Most importantly, though, the Musso does all this at a very reasonable price point. All told, this is one stout competitor in the pick-up segment.

  • Leave it
    • * Competition is heating up
    • * Alternatives might have it beat on interior fit and finish

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PostHeaderIcon The e-SIV EV Shows what SSanYong is Capable of but Leaves a lot to be Desired

We used to make fun of SsangYong for having the most SUV concepts among all automakers in the world. Determined to prove us wrong (probably), the Korean automaker went to the Geneva Motor Show to introduce…a new SUV concept. The new model is called the e-SIV EV Concept, and it’s the fifth electric SUV concept SsangYong has shown since 2010. If anything, SsangYong is showing us that it’s not afraid to keep going down the same road in its pursuit of the “perfect” electric SUV.


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“It’s a unique interpretation, and SsangYong did a good job filling up the rest of the space with modern design touches”

Before the jokes come pouring in, it’s important that we establish the work SsangYong has put into developing all the electric SUVs. We may make fun of the company for all the concepts it has released, but it’s also a testament to the Korean automaker’s persistence in developing what it believes is the concept that will one day turn into its full-fledged production electric SUV. Is that concept the e-SIV EV? It’s too early to tell, but the prototype does offer plenty of promise.

Aesthetically, the e-SIV EV looks to be on the upswing. The front section is defined by the absence of a grille. It’s a unique interpretation, and SsangYong did a good job filling up the rest of the space with modern design touches. The overall design of the front looks like an evolved version of the Tivoli EVR EV that SsangYong brought to Geneva back in 2015. The rear section looks less evocative, though no less eye-catching. You’ll notice that SsangYong is also adopting what has become a growing trend in the industry these days: taillamps that run the width of the body. Overall, the rear section of e-SIV EV looks clunkier than the front section. Some improvements on this end should be one of SsangYong’s first priorities if it does decide to finally turn one of its concepts into a full-blown production model.


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“To SsangYong’s credit, it’s showing off a good amount of future tech on the concept, including machine learning, voice-recognition technology, and autonomous satellite navigation.”

The interior of the e-SIV EV looks more like a proper concept. The dashboard, for example, houses a cabin-wide digital display unit, extending from one to the other. Just below it is another touchscreen unit where the infotainment options are controlled. To SsangYong’s credit, it’s showing off a good amount of future tech on the concept, including machine learning, voice-recognition technology, and autonomous satellite navigation.

In terms of performance, the e-SIV EV is powered by an electric motor and a 61.5 kWh battery pack that combine to produce 188 horsepower. It’s unclear if this is the kind of setup SsangYong is planning for its 2020 zero-emission production model, but it did say that under its configuration, the e-SIV is capable of reaching a top speed of 93 mph with 280 miles of range under its belt. It doesn’t offer the best returns, but it’s a good start for a company that needs to finally parlay all of its electric SUV concepts into something that we can actually use on the road.

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PostHeaderIcon SsangYong Musso Pickup Comes to Attack European Market

SsangYong isn’t typically the kind of automaker that makes a splash at an event like the Geneva Motor Show. But don’t tell that to the Korean automaker because not only is it in attendance in Geneva, it also brought with it a new pickup that’s looking to take a bite out of the European pickup market. The model is called the Musso, the same name the automaker uses on its affordable SUV. The new Musso pickup is a vehicle of its own, though, and its bringing loads of features on the table.


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“The Korean hauler isn’t concerned about comparisons to more established models in its segment”

No one’s going to mistake the SsangYong Musso for a Ford Ranger, but no one really should. The Korean hauler isn’t concerned about comparisons to more established models in its segment. It’s concerned about making its own impression to consumers. On that note, the Musso pickup draws plenty of similarities to SsangYong’s Rexton SUV. Both models use the same architecture, and the pickup takes advantage of that with a body-on-frame construction that’s made primarily out of high-strength steel.

Functionally, the Musso has its share of useful features. It has a load deck with a rear for that folds flat, providing enough space for prospective owners to use. The design isn’t an issue for the model, either. It doesn’t generate any “wow” reactions, but it’s still good enough to get some attention. The interior is also well-prepared. The design is clean and direct to the point. The dash has a nice look to it, where it hosts a centrally mounted 8.0-inch touchscreen that comes standard across the entire range. There’s also DAB radio, Bluetooth, and MP3 connectivity. Opt for higher-grade versions, and you can score Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.


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“Overall, the new SsangYong Musso pickup has the chops to be a solid pickup in the market.”

On the performance side, the Musso has a lot to offer. The existing 2.2-liter turbo diesel unit now produces 181 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. The numbers are impressive, but so is the fact that they represent an increase of five horsepower and 15 pound-feet of torque compared to the previous iteration of the e-XDi220 unit that SsangYong built from the ground up internally.

Overall, the new SsangYong Musso pickup has the chops to be a solid pickup in the market. It’s not going to dominate the sales charts by any means, but it does bring a lot to the table, something that most people will agree is the most important part of being a pickup.

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PostHeaderIcon SSangyong e-SIV Concept

Ssangyong is returning to the Geneva Motor Show this year with another SUV concept in tow. This time, we’re going to see the e-SIV – a concept that looks suspiciously familiar to the XAVL concept that the brand showcased at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. Right now, we don’t have a lot to go on aside from a few teaser shots and a few tidbits of information, so it’s not really fair to pass judgment quite yet. So, with that in mind, will Ssangyong make the same play it has in the past and present itself at the show with another rehashed concept from years past or will it show up with something that’s at least somewhat new to look at? Let’s find out…

SSangyong e-SIV Exterior


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“he most recognizable Ssangyong feature is that headlight configuration that includes two thin, slanted headlights integrated into a lightbar that traverses the full width of the front end”

As a brand that’s known for rehashing its previous concepts (while bring very little new design to market,) you might expect a concept called the “e-SIV” to carry a lot of design showcased in the SIV-1 concept from 2013. This isn’t the case, however, as a lot of this front end looks reminiscent of the XAVL. Or, to be more specific, it looks like the brand gave the XAVL a facelift with a new front end and beefier hood. The most recognizable Ssangyong feature is that headlight configuration that includes two thin, slanted headlights integrated into a lightbar that traverses the full width of the front end. The grill below is huge (a nice change from previous concepts) and there looks to be a mouth-shaped air dam just a little lower. The bumper itself looks quite lively through the noise and shadows, while the hood reminds us of something you might see on a muscle car or, at the very least, a vehicle like the Dodge Durango SRT, for example.

The side profile is as equally mysterious but still oddly reminiscent. The body lines that we can see scream XAVL while the only difference in the belt line is the smaller upward cover at the corner of the rear door’s glass. The C-pillar is identical as is the overall design of the rear quarters and lower doors. Even the roof is familiar like the smell of mom’s cooking on Sunday morning. Around back, the brand finally changed things up a bit, apparently trying to keep up with current design trends. The rear hatch has a fastback-like slant to it and, unlike the last concept, the rear glass doesn’t wrap around to the sides. The taillights are essentially one wide but thin unit with the only thing separating the left from the right being Ssangyong’s emblem. There’s nothing to really make out of the rear, but it looks to be way too extreme for anything that could go mainstream. There are huge recesses in the corners and what appears to be an Audi-like rear diffuser. It’s certainly interesting and familiar in all the wrong ways, but it’s also kind of fresh in a weird kind of way.

SSangyong e-SIV Exterior Specs

Length 4,460 mm
Width 1,870 mm
Height 1,630 mm
Wheelbase 2,675 mm

SSangyong e-SIV Interior


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“Ssangyong has said that this vehicle will demonstrate the brand’s approach to connected mobility and autonomous driving.”

The inside of the e-SIV remains to be seen, and the brand has yet to elaborate on the details. On previous models, like the XAVL, the interior was actually quite feasible and was on par with brands like Audi and BMW in terms of design. So, with that in mind, expect to see stout trim lines with accent lighting throughout. The previous concepts had rather large infotainment screens and there was even a large digital instrument cluster that, from a glance, looked a lot like the display found in the Tesla Model S. There probably won’t be a lot of change from the XAVL in comparison to this concept, but Ssangyong has said that this vehicle will demonstrate the brand’s approach to connected mobility and autonomous driving. It’s a lot of PR talk, really, and none of the brand’s models currently on sale come close to anything like this, but I guess we all have dreams, right?

SSangyong e-SIV Drivetrain


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“It is said to have a top speed of 150 kph (93 mph) and a range of 450 km, or about 279 miles”

Under the hood… wait, there’s really nothing going on under the hood because this baby is electric. According to Ssangyong, the e-SIV, which stands for “Electronic Smart Interface Vehicle,” by the way, features a 187 horsepower – not a lot for a C-segment SUV, huh? – electric motor. There’s no word on the battery pack, but it can supposedly take an 80-percent charge in all of 50 minutes. It is said to have a top speed of 150 kph (93 mph) and a range of 450 km, or about 279 miles. They aren’t groundbreaking figures by any means, especially when you consider this is the brands fifth EV concept, following models like the KEV1, KEV2, e-XIV, and Tivoli EV-R. For now, that’s all we have to go on, and chances are none of it really matters has Ssangyong has a long history of showing off concepts that go nowhere. We will, however, be updating this section with full specs when they become available – you never know, we just might be in for a surprise.

Conclusion


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At this point, I feel like I’m watching a third-world country trying to develop its own space agency. The brand continuously brings concept after concept to show after show, yet very little ever makes its way into production. To be honest, a lot of its concepts don’t look bad, but half of them are rehashed. And, in this case, a C-segment SUV with so little power – regardless of how good it looks inside and out – would never stand up in the market as we know it today. My hat is off to the brand for its continual push toward EV technology and design development but at what point is the brand going to present something feasible that can actually see production. Seeing SUV concept after SUV concept is starting to get tiring.

All in all, these teaser images to show off some interesting qualities but also remind us that Ssangyong yang is more interested in designing cool concepts than actually bringing something fresh and commanding to the market. Until this brand focuses on fresh priorities and operating like a major automaker, it will continue to sit on the sidelines instead of competing with the big boys. Until then, brace yourself for more concepts for the Korean brand that just can’t quite get over the ledge. Check back with us after the Geneva Motor Show kicks off for all of the details on SsangYong’s latest concept.

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PostHeaderIcon SsangYong e-SIV Electric Concept Headed for Geneva Debut

Korean car maker SsangYong revealed their concept for this year’s Geneva Motor Show, and it’s something very innovative. Innovation begins, actually, with the name of this concept: SsangYong e-SIV. It is a SUV in form, but it’s called SIV which stand for Smart Interface Vehicle. 

That tells us SsangYong e-SIV is more about connectivity features and interface systems than drivetrain technologies. But it is electric, which means it showcases SY’s latest developments in this area. They are, of course, not really known as an EV maker. But if they manage to combine their expertise at making utility vehicles with a good EV system they could have something to say in this growing market and secure the future position in it.

In terms of design, based on these official renderings of SsangYong e-SIV, the vehicle seems to us like a fancy, grown up, sophisticated Tivoli. It’s as if a plastic surgeon has had a thorough go at beautifying the Tivoli, and he has pulled it off. There are some really cool lights around the front, nicely proportioned hips and shoulders, and a one-piece taillight that brings to mind old Lincolns. Whether the e-SIV hints at the future of SsangYong’s design remains to be seen.



But the main highlight of the SsangYong e-SIV remains the connectivity and interface technologies it boasts. The company has not released any pictures of the interior yet, so watch this space and stay tuned for further details over the coming days and weeks.

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PostHeaderIcon SsangYong e-SIV Electric Concept Headed for Geneva Debut

Korean car maker SsangYong revealed their concept for this year’s Geneva Motor Show, and it’s something very innovative. Innovation begins, actually, with the name of this concept: SsangYong e-SIV. It is a SUV in form, but it’s called SIV which stand for Smart Interface Vehicle. 

That tells us SsangYong e-SIV is more about connectivity features and interface systems than drivetrain technologies. But it is electric, which means it showcases SY’s latest developments in this area. They are, of course, not really known as an EV maker. But if they manage to combine their expertise at making utility vehicles with a good EV system they could have something to say in this growing market and secure the future position in it.

In terms of design, based on these official renderings of SsangYong e-SIV, the vehicle seems to us like a fancy, grown up, sophisticated Tivoli. It’s as if a plastic surgeon has had a thorough go at beautifying the Tivoli, and he has pulled it off. There are some really cool lights around the front, nicely proportioned hips and shoulders, and a one-piece taillight that brings to mind old Lincolns. Whether the e-SIV hints at the future of SsangYong’s design remains to be seen.



But the main highlight of the SsangYong e-SIV remains the connectivity and interface technologies it boasts. The company has not released any pictures of the interior yet, so watch this space and stay tuned for further details over the coming days and weeks.

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PostHeaderIcon 2017 SsangYong Rexton Goes on Trans-Eurasia Trail to Reach UK

In what’s probably their most elaborate publicity stunt yet, Korean car maker SsangYong sent the new 2017 SsangYong Rexton on a 13,000 km journey from Korea to the United Kingdom. This Trans-Eurasia trail marked the launch of the SUV in Britain and showcased its ruggedness and durability. 

Five 2017 SsangYong Rexton SUVs set off from the factory in Korea, made a trans-continental trek via Beijing and the Silk Road, crossing ten different countries, including China, Kazakhstan and Russia, and arrived in Frankfurt last month for the IAA motor show. Two of them then continued the journey until they reached SsangYong Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials in Oxfordshire.

This has been an apt challenge for the 2017 SsangYong Rexton SUV to prove its worth as a durable, capable utility vehicle. God knows it’s not going to get bought on its looks, so it’s good that it at least offers those qualities for the starting price of £27,500. The new Rexton in powered in UK-spec model by a 2.2 litre turbo diesel engine delivering maximum power of 181PS and maximum torque of 420Nm, with a 6-speed manual or 7-speed Mercedes-Benz automatic transmission, and with a 3.5 tonne towing capacity.






Mr Johng-sik Choi, CEO of SsangYong Motor who travelled to Blenheim Palace to greet the teams, said: “This all-new, fourth generation Rexton is a major step forward for the brand.  The Trans Eurasia Trail gave us the ultimate test drive opportunity, and a superb way to launch the car in Europe.  This was a huge challenge for the cars and their drivers, and the ultimate test of performance and reliability.  The cars equipped themselves brilliantly.”

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PostHeaderIcon SsangYong's Never-Ending Run Of Concept SUVs Needs To Stop

You would think that at some point in the past five years, the never-ending deluge of Ssangyong concept SUVs would stop and the Korean automaker would finally show a production version of some kind. It shouldn’t be that hard to do, right? Well, guess again because Ssangyong is headed back to the Geneva Motor Show with yet another concept SUV that it’s touting as “a new vision for the brand’s SUV of the future.” We’ve heard that line before.

In any event, the new concept is called the XAVL and from what CEO Johng-sik Choi tells us, it’s an evolved iteration of the XAV that the company unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show back in 2015. You read that right. The XAVL Concept is an evolved version of a previous concept. Color me bewildered because that’s exactly how I’m taking this.

To be fair, the XAVL does have some redeeming qualities. It’s a lot better to look at than the rolling monstrosity that was the XAV. The front section has a more balanced look to it, although those massive skid guards are still a sight for sore eyes. There’s a natural masculinity to it too that seemed too forced on its predecessor. The same is true with the rear section. It’s got nicer lines and a more streamlined taillight design, much better than the confused mess on the XAV.

If Ssangyong’s objective for the XAVL is to re-do the XAV and mask it under the premise of automotive design evolution, then consider the job well done. But at some point, these concepts have to stop, at least if the company wants to be taken seriously. We need a mind-blowing production SUV that you can be proud to call your own.

Otherwise, the jokes will keep on coming, as they have been for quite some time now.

Come on, Ssangyong. I’d like to think that you’re better than this.

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PostHeaderIcon The SsangYong LIV-2 Proves That You Don't Have to Sacrifice Luxury to go Off Road

SsangYong Motor Company just publicly unveiled its LIV-2 (“Limitless Interface Vehicle 2”) concept at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, and according to the automaker, it offers substantial off-roading capability. At the same time, the exterior body panels carry the marque’s new “Dignified Motion” design language, which at first glance, might appear at odds with the crossover’s off-road worthiness, right? Because after all, how does one appear dignified while slogging through the great outdoors? SsangYong says it has a solution.

SsangYong is the self-proclaimed leader when it comes to producing SUVs and 4x4s in its native land, so the LIV-2 has a few pretty big expectations set up for it right at the off. That said, it does come with a few very good features to enhance its off-road worth.

Under those slick body panels, you’ll find classic body-on-frame construction. Providing the stick is the company’s very own four-wheel drive system, which is fed by a diesel engine producing as much as 420 Nm (310 pound-feet of torque) at 1,500 rpm. So far, so good.

Mounted under the nose and tail, you’ll also find silver skid plates to protect vulnerable mechanicals, while inside is an “intelligent interface” for better car-driver communication when out on the rough stuff.

Now for the luxury half of the equation. Ingress and egress is assisted by electric side steps, while the whole cabin uses a layout that emphasizes the individual seats positioned in the rear. Speaking of seats, expect reclining seatbacks and a massage function, as well as leather upholstery. Piano black trim, adjustable mood lighting, and copious tech round out the package. Finally, that off-roader rubber you see in the corners is outfitted with a “differentiated angle and layered tread pattern” to keep it quiet.

Still, the proof is in the pudding. We’ll withhold our final judgment until we get a real look at this thing’s cabin space – not to mention how it handles a little rock crawling action.

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PostHeaderIcon SsangYong LIV-2

Korean automaker SsangYong just released a set of images depicting its latest concept vehicle, the LIV-2. Slated for a full public debut at the Paris Motor Show in a few weeks, the LIV-2 is framed as a “large premium SUV” that’s expected to replace the current Rexton mid-size SUV when it reaches production form sometime next year. The concept is a preview of the upcoming model’s new styling, both inside and out, plus the technology added for safety and entertainment. Customers will get to choose between diesel or gasoline power under the hood.

The LIV in LIV-2 stands for “Limitless Interface Vehicle,” which is a bit vague, but that’s to be expected. This is actually the second iteration of the LIV theme, with the LIV-1 concept breaking cover a few years back at the 2013 Seoul Motor Show. The LIV-2 is said to be the final variant of the Y400 development model (Y400 is the model’s internal product code at SSangyong).

Basically, this is the idealized iteration of Ssangyong’s flagship SUV, a critical model for a company aiming at bringing sturdy (but comfortable) off-roaders to markets like South America, Russia, and China. We don’t have all the details quite yet, but read on for our take on what should show in Paris.

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PostHeaderIcon SsangYong Joins Electric Vehicle Segment With Planned EV SUV For 2019

When you think of Korean automakers, the first two names that immediately come to mind are Hyundai and Kia. Lost in the large shadow cast by these two automotive giants is SsangYong, a company that may have been best known in this part of the world as having been saved from collapse by Mahindra & Mahindra in 2010. Now that it’s back on a better footing, SsangYong is gearing up to join the electric vehicle ranks with the introduction of an EV SUV by 2019.

SsangYong CEO Jong Sik Choi made the proclamation during the launch of the brand’s new Tivoli XLV model, saying that the model, codenamed the C300, will be offered in a number of different powertrains, one of which would be the company’s first fully electric powertrain. It was previously thought of that the Tivoli SUV would get first dibs on the EV powertrain, but the company’s decision-makers opted to wait a little longer to further refine the gasoline engine version so that it could meet new emissions regulations that are scheduled to take effect in 2019. A report from Auto Express also indicated that the model will get another variant with that model being powered by a new 1.5-liter turbocharged engine that will combine to form a 48-volt “mild hybrid” powertrain. As far as aesthetics go, the model’s design is being tipped to be based on SIV-2 Concept that was showcased at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.

It’s become an open secret that SsangYong has high hopes for this new SUV and it’s looking at the model as the one that could spearhead the company’s ambitious plan to increase its sales volume to 200,000 units, a major step up from the 144,764 units it sold in 2015. Whether it accomplishes that or not is still up in the air, but credit should go to SsangYong for taking this leap into the world of electric vehicles.

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PostHeaderIcon SsangYong Tivoli XLV

Launched in 2015, the SsangYong Tivoli is a mini SUV built to compete with the likes of the Nissan Juke and Kia Soul. Based on the popular Korando as far as design is concerned, the Tivoli is SsangYong’s first new model under Mahindra & Mahindra ownership and it is named after the Italian town of Tivoli, which can be read as “I love it” in reverse. Under development for three years, the crossover was introduced in South Korea in early 2015 with a choice of small-displacement, gasoline and diesel engines. Built in its home country, the Tivoli is exported in several markets in Asia and Europe.

In 2016, SsangYong has expanded the Tivoli family by offering a longer version of the mini SUV. Called the Tivoli XLV, it features a longer body, a roomier interior, and the enhanced practicality that enables it to compete against larger crossovers. Previewed by the XLV Air concept at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, the production model is set to go on sale in Europe and the United Kingdom this summer. SsangYong hopes to sell more than 100,000 Tivoli crossovers by the end of 2016.

“Tivoli has been praised universally for meeting a number of customer requirements, not least its ability to carry five adults in comfort and with one of the largest boot capacities, while many other cars in the sector are regarded as being a ‘down-size’ too far,” said Paul Williams, CEO of SsangYong Motor U.K. “Now SsangYong has gone a step further by launching an extended car to provide even more carrying capacity and practicality. This was shown as the XLV Air concept at the IAA motor show in Frankfurt last year, and from the extremely favorable feedback received, took the decision to put the car into production.”

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PostHeaderIcon SsangYong XAV-Adventure Concept

SsangYong is a brand that a lot of Americans might be unaware of, since it isn’t sold here and lives in the shadow of bigger Korean automakers even in the markets where it is sold. It is noteworthy for being the company that built the Rodius, the first generation of which has been argued to be ugliest production car of all time, even uglier than the Pontiac Aztek. SsangYong has avoided taking too many chances with styling since then, but a newly unveiled concept has shown that someone at the company is still thinking about how to make SsangYong cars stand out.

Called the XAV-Adventure, the concept is meant to be a futuristic version of the Korando crossover currently being produced. The concept is both a design study and a platform for several advanced technologies that SsangYong has yet to introduce for production vehicles. SsangYong doesn’t appear to have any plans to change the Korando into this vehicle, but the right amount of follow-up on a vehicle like this could give the perpetual underdog a bit of a boost, and a chance to compete with the relative giant that is Hyundai, even if it doesn’t make it to the U.S.

Continue reading to learn more about the SsangYong XAV-Adventure Concept.


PostHeaderIcon SsangYong Tivoli

Considering most of TopSpeed’s readership resides in the US, odds are few of you have ever heard of SsangYong. To help you get up to speed, here’s a brief crash course. Founded in the 50s, SsangYong is the fourth largest automaker in South Korea. A few years back, the company was bought by Mahindra and Mahindra Limited, and since then, SsangYong has been busy developing the Tivoli, sinking 42 months of development time and investing 350 billion Korean Won into its creation.

This compact SUV strives to be an entry-level vehicle that sports all the features of a mainstream crossover, but at a more affordable price. Named after the stylish town near Rome, the Tivoli was seen in concept form at four recent international motor shows, and was officially unveiled in Seoul last month.

On the surface, the SsangYong Tivoli appears to have the right combination of flair, equipment and affordability. But it takes a closer look to determine just how well this machine stacks up in a market flooded with competitors.

Click past the jump to read more about the SsangYong Tivoli.

SsangYong Tivoli originally appeared on topspeed.com on Friday, 13 February 2015 13:00 EST.

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