The Ssangyong e-XIV previews the rival to the EcoSport
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The Mahindra owned South Korean utility vehicle specialist Ssangyong will be debuting its third concept of the XIV series called the e-XIV at the Paris motor show.
The concept will be unveiled tomorrow and we have the pictures. The masculine e-XIV has all the traits of a concept car and how much of it makes into production version remains to be seen.
Speaking of the production version, Ssangyong has hinted at the possibility but hasn't announced any final plans yet.
The manufacturer explains e-XIV means electric-eXciting user Interface Vehicle. The e-XIV is a range extender hybrid crossover is 4.16 meter long, 1.79 m wide and 1.57 m tall and the front and rear wheels are set apart by 2.6 m.
Ssangyong has previously debuted the five door XIV-1 concept in 2011 Frankfurt motor show and three door XIV-2 study in Geneva this march. The XIV-1 was also showcased in New Delhi Auto Expo.
The e-XIV will be propelled by an electric motor and a small petrol engine will charge the battery. More details about the hybrid powertrain will emerge tomorrow.
This Compact SUV concept has just the right recipe to rival the Ford EcoSport and all Ssangyong need to do is keep the production model's length within four metre to be eligible for the exercise duty concession.