Ford EcoSport rival from the Mahindra-owned company launching next year in Europe.
Ssangyong will debut at the upcoming Paris Motor Show the XIV Adventure and XIV Air concepts. These concepts preview the company's new compact SUV (codenamed Ssangyong X100) which is slated to launch sometime early next year.
The production-spec Ssangyong X100's patent sketches have been leaked in China providing us a comprehensive look at the car's design. Complete with registration plate holders, indicators, door handles, muffler, windshield wipers and a fuel lid, the car should be revealed soon after the Paris Motor Show.
The car will begin a new design chapter for Ssangyong with a sharp front end featuring peeled back headlamps and symmetrical foglamps. The roofline of the SUV slopes gently towards the C-Pillar, reminiscing the Range Rover Evoque, while the rear wheel arch is accentuated with an extra crease. At the rear, designers have given it curvy taillamps, recessed tailgate and a stoplamp on the bumper.
While details on the compact SUV are limited, the company says that the concepts coming to the Paris Motor Show will measure 4,195 mm in length and have a wheelbase of 2,600 mm. This description should fit the production car.
Power for the SUV will come from a 1.6-liter engine, though it remains unconfirmed if this engine uses turbocharging. The engine is reported to get 6-speed manual and automatic transmissions, adhering to Euro 6 emission standards. This is will be a newly developed engine from Ssangyong.
The compact SUV is a key product for the Mahindra-owned Korean carmaker which announced its Promise 2016 plan at the start of this year. The company aims to double sales in 3 years under this growth plan.
Competitors: Ford EcoSport, Hyundai ix25, Nissan Juke, Peugeot 2008
Expected Price: Below 15,000 GBP (INR 15 lakhs), ex-Showroom
Launch date in Europe: Early 2015
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[Spy images from Auto Ifeng]