Mahindra-owned SsangYong Motors have showcased the XAV-Adventure compact SUV concept at the ongoing 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. SsangYong XAV-Adventure offers a glimpse into the future, and illustrates how the current Korando crossover could be reinterpreted as the fourth iteration of this vehicle brand. Just so you know, the XAV-Adventure concept had its world premiere at the Seoul Motor Show earlier this year. Alongside Tivoli, it will help redefine the future direction of compact SUVs produced by SsangYong.
XAV-Adventure is a true SUV, according to the Korean automajor. Its chunky proportions and masculine body style draws on the look of those iconic 4x4 ‘trucks’ of yesteryear: strong, robust and with a capacious, square and useable interior space to meet the needs of those who carry large, cumbersome sports equipment. The design of the interior appears simple, yet is wide and highly practical. The blend of black and natural brown colours creates a contemporary and luxurious ambiance, while the design imaginatively reflects the requirement for practicality. By example, a storage compartment in the rear door enables the loading of all those extra items needed for a leisure activity trip. The inner element of the carbon roof is a convertible canvas roof, and affords a wide-opening space that draws you closer to the natural surroundings while providing the pleasure of ‘open top’ motoring.
The vehicle is offered with the choice of 1.6L diesel and 1.6L petrol engines and is also equipped with a hybrid electric E-4WD system. The E-4WD system comprises a lithium ion battery and two rear mounted electric motors that give the option of two driving modes: hybrid fuel economy mode and hybrid performance mode. The system also provides for secure off-road and urban driving. The car features the SsangYong 3S-CUBE system. This includes a special sensing device, which together with a smart motion control system, electric air suspension and ‘stereo vision’, automatically determines the road conditions and adjusts the suspension for optimised ride comfort. On rough terrain, the suspension adjusts itself to make the ride softer while during high-speed driving, the suspension becomes firmer to increase car control by lowering the vehicle’s ride-height to prevent roll and pitch.