SsangYong e-XIV Concept
Korean auto maker SsangYong has come up with a new XIV concept car, to be shown at the 2012 Paris Motor Show.
This new one is an electric version of the car you’ve seen before, the XIV-2. e-XIV (electric ? eXciting user Interface Vehicle) is an EV concept within the SsangYong XIV design series, and a B-segment CUV crossover. It is a ‘Range Extender EV’ electric car which is also self-chargeable by utilising a small petrol engine, thereby overcoming the issues of limited driving distance and battery charging infrastructure.
Size-wise the car is 4,160mm long, 1,790mm wide, 1,575mm high, and features some fancy stuff such as a full glass roof, and roof mounted solar cell panels supply pollution free solar energy. This long line of concepts have not had any production results yet.
Embodying SsangYong’s design philosophy of ‘Robust Aesthetics Realisation’, XIV-2 moves forward from the previous XIV-1 design with progressive styling cues. Showing how drivers can enjoy the aesthetics of an SUV along with the benefits of a B segment car, XIV-2′s design combines the appeal of an active, urban model with the dynamic shape of a coupé.
In profile, the body blends fast, confident lines with strong themes creating a dynamic silhouette. Carbon fibre trim gives a sense of the SsangYong’s nimble, lightweight feel while the aerodynamic shape will appeal to active young drivers.
SsangYong XIV-2 features a fabric roof with a one-touch automatic operating system to provide open air driving enjoyment with ease.
Inside, the concept’s design continues the dynamic design with refined simplicity carried over from the XIV-1. Red colour highlights on the dials emphasise the SsangYong’s dynamics, with every part of the cabin styled to enhance driving pleasure.
SsangYong XIV-2′s cabin controls are integrated into one central system and managed using a centre console mounted screen. Smart and mobile devices use an Auto User Interface to provide passengers with a moving communication space. Maximum space is assured for occupants thanks to four independent bucket seats creating a comfortable and luxurious environment, and the car’s colour palette works in harmony with specialist materials and finishes including aluminium and carbon fibre.
SsangYong’s design philosophy focuses on conveying ‘driving fun’ through its experimental and progressive design spirit. Just as XIV-2 reflects SsangYong’s design principle now, the same ethos will be displayed in all future concept vehicles.
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