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SsangYong's super-sized SUV: LIV-2 concept unveiled

Published: 05 October 2016

 SsangYong LIV-2 concept revelaed
 Thought to preview next-gen Rexton
 Latest details from Paris show

SsangYong’s new LIV-2 concept, unveiled in full at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, is thought to preview a 2017 replacement for the Rexton.

The large luxury SUV concept – the final version of the company’s ‘Y400’ development project – features the company’s own 2.2-litre Euro 6 diesel engine. 

Is this going to be another step up for SsangYong?

Could be. SsangYong says the car is designed to ‘take the brand into new areas of the market,’ thanks to its reputedly luxurious contemporary interior and high-end kit.

The concept packs a whole host of safety kit, too, including nine airbags, an emergency braking system, cross-traffic alert and lane departure warning.

SsangYong LIV-2 concept

What’s not so modern, however, is the SsangYong’s body-on-frame construction. Yes, that’s right – this SUV features a separate chassis set-up, supposedly for durability reasons.

It may be the case, however, that SsangYong plans to maximise its new chassis’s potential by putting different bodies on it to create new models.

What’s the powertrain?

The concept packs a SsangYong-developed 2.2-litre diesel, which drives all four wheels through a Mercedes-sourced seven-speed automatic. A new turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol appears set to be offered in the production version of this concept, too.

2016 SsangYong LIV-2 concept

What else do I need to know?

This large, upmarket model – the name of which stands for ‘Limitless Interface Vehicle 2’ – should give a very good idea of what is expected to be the new Rexton, which will slot above the Tivoli XLV and Korando in the Korean manufacturer’s range.

SsangYong says that it hopes its new SUV will be on sale in 2017. 

See more from the Paris motor show here

By Christofer Lloyd

Finance editor on our sister website Parkers. Really knows his way around PCP, HP and PCH, not to mention BHP and TLAs