Future Models - SsangYong 2019 XAVL
Geneva show: SsangYong previews new mid-size SUV
Unashamed: SsangYong says the XAVL “unashamedly takes its design inspiration from our classic and iconic Korando model of the 1990s” which, in the case of the previous generation, was known for its no-nonsense, no-frills and barely refined manners – but it sure stood out.
Seven-seat XAVL emerges as precursor to new SsangYong SUV due “in the near future”
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10 March 2017
SOUTH Korea’s SsangYong has again used the Geneva motor show to present an
appealing forward-looking concept, this time in the form of the bold XAVL that
looks to preview an all-new seven-seat mid-size SUV.
SsangYong remains in recess in Australia but, as GoAuto has previously
reported, is preparing to return to market under new distribution arrangements
in the fourth quarter of this year, which could open the door for long-awaited
Top of the list will be the Tivoli compact crossover, along with updated or
redesigned versions of existing models such as the new-generation Rexton large
SUV (previewed by the LIV-2 concept shown in Paris last year) and the smaller
Korando, which was showcased in facelifted form in Geneva this week.
Should the XAVL reach production, SsangYong could potentially have a solid
model line-up poised to capitalise on booming SUV sales in Australia.
The latest concept is a longer and more production-oriented version of the XAV
concept presented at the Frankfurt motor show in 2015, and slots in neatly
between the Korando and Rexton in the all-important mid-size SUV segment, which
is second only to small passenger cars as the biggest-selling class of vehicle
The XAVL rests on a 2775mm wheelbase and measures 4630mm long, 1866mm wide and
SsangYong says it offers the choice of either a 1.5-litre petrol or 1.6-litre
diesel engine, paired with a six-speed manual or automatic transmission and a
4x2 or 4x4 driveline.
In presenting the XAVL in Geneva, SsangYong Motor Co chief executive Johng-sik
Choi made it clear that the concept “signposts the future generation of
“As the oldest car brand and only specialist producer of SUV and 4x4 vehicles
in Korea, it is incumbent upon us to lead the way in new product development in
this sector,” he said.
“This longer-bodied car will accommodate seven passengers in comfort, and will
be powered by both petrol and new clean-burning diesel engines.
“Of particular note, this concept draws heavily on our heritage, and
unashamedly takes its design inspiration from our classic and iconic Korando
model of the 1990s.”
It is not clear if Mr Choi is referring to the first generation that was a
rebadged version of the Jeep CJ-7 (1983-1986) or – more likely – the subsequent
second-generation ‘New Korando’ that made it to Australia in 1998.
However, SsangYong said this week that this “contemporary interpretation of the
original car is expected to find its way into production as an authentic
off-road SUV in the near future”.
The company promises a high level of cabin flexibility with the vehicle, along
with modern safety and convenience equipment on-board and a large dose of
off-road ability thrown in.
The concept has a high level of safety equipment, including an external airbag
to protect pedestrians and a centrally mounted airbag between the driver and
front passenger, plus an array of driver-assist technology including autonomous
emergency braking, lane-change assist, lane-keeping assist, high-beam
assistance, blind-spot detection and rear cross-traffic alert.
A ‘smart parking assist’ system is also featured on the XAVL, while cabin
comfort and convenience extends to a 10.25-inch LCD display, Wi-Fi hotspot for
the second and third rows, and, in defiance of convention, an infotainment
system located in the headlining.
SsangYong says this system, along with the navigation and air-conditioning
units, can all be controlled from a smartphone.
Meanwhile, the new-look Korando turned up in Geneva with a fresh front-end
design and extra equipment, including a front and rear safety camera – the
frontal unit billed as a first in class.