The XIV B-segment SUV series was first showcased at the IAA Frankfurt in 2011. Once launched, XIV is expected to go on sale in Korea from early 2015 and other global markets soon afterwards, with anticipated annual sales of some 100,000 vehicles. Prior to the global launch, SsangYong is showing two further development concepts, XIV-Air and XIV-Adventure at this year’s Paris Motor Show.
Based on the brand’s design philosophy of ‘Robust, Specialty and Premium’ and intended to create a close and emotive connection with owners, this B-segment SUV will become one of SsangYong’s most significant strategic models.
The XIV-Air and XIV-Adventure are equipped with several new technologies including a Stop/Start fuel saving system and three mode smart steering with electric power assistance, in addition to an all-wheel drive (AWD) system which SsangYong offers on all its SUV models. To meet the most stringent environmental legislation and fuel efficiency requirements, XIV comes with a choice of 1.6 litre petrol and 1.6 diesel Euro 6 engines to ensure low CO² emissions. The 1.6 litre diesel engine produces much reduced CO² emissions of 110 – 120g/km (two-wheel drive, manual with Stop/Start), and the 1.6 litre petrol engine delivers a 140 – 150g/km CO² emission level, again with two-wheel drive, manual transmission with Stop/Start.
The XIV series receives advanced safety equipment such as ESP (electronic stability programme). The car also comes with a Hill Start Assist system. There are seven air bags to protect passengers from accidents – dual front airbags and a driver knee airbag are fitted for protection in the event of a frontal collision, while side and curtain airbags will deploy in the event of a side-on or pole crash. There’s also a safety restraint system to prevent passengers from being thrown from the vehicle in the event of a rollover accident.
To optimise comfort and convenience for the driver and passengers, features include a smart RDS & Bluetooth audio system, ventilated driver’s seat, digital dual-zone air conditioning, rear view parking camera, a sunroof and trip computer. An illuminated instrument cluster or an optional ‘super-vision’ cluster is provided, along with high visibility LCD displays for the trip computer, gear shift indicator and other important information, with the option to select five different colours for the background illumination. Interior mood lighting to create a calm environment at night is also featured.
|Engine||1.6L Diesel||1.6L Petrol|
|Driven Wheels||2 wheel drive / 4 wheel drive||2 wheel drive / 4 wheel drive|
|Transmission||6-speed manual||6-speed auto||6-speed manual||6-speed auto|
|Dimensions||Overall length (mm)||4,195|
|Bore X stroke (mm)||76 X 88||76 X 88|
|Compression ratio||15.5 : 1||10 : 1|
|Number of cylinders||In-line 4||In-line 4|
|CO2 (Combined) -2wd [g/km]||110~120|