We know what you’re thinking. Combining SsangYong and “convertible crossover” in the same sentence is a recipe for disaster. After all, SsangYong has never been known for the attractiveness of its designs, and the only droptop crossover currently on the market, the Nissan Murano CrossCab, isn’t exactly a beauty queen, either.
That said, the SsangYong XIV-1 Concept (that stands for eXciting User Interface Vehicle, for what it’s worth) from the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show was a decent enough looker, and, instead of a full-blown convertible top that folds its way into a hump behind the rear seats, the XIV-2 Concept appears to sport a sliding canvas roof akin to the Fiat 500 Cabrio.
Only two teaser images have so far been released, along with a brief press release, so we’ll have to wait until the 2012 Geneva Motor Show kicks off in earnest before drawing any conclusions. That said, it’s looking like rear visibility will be more than a bit compromised…
Geneva International Motor Show 2012
SsangYong will showcase its new XIV-2 ‘convertible’ concept car at the 82nd Geneva Motor Show in March, a successor to the XIV-1 concept presented at IAA International Motor Show, Frankfurt 2011.
SsangYong XIV-2 concept to be shown at the Geneva Motor Show
SsangYong is developing the XIV-2 (eXciting User Interface Vehicle 2) concept as a premium CUV (crossover utility vehicle). A strategic model for the global market, its styling cue is based around ‘a special experience with fun’, and blends the characteristics of a robust and powerful SUV with the dynamic style of an open top sports coupé.
XIV-2 features a one-touch automatic opening soft-top roof to provide ‘wind in the hair’ driving enjoyment, and with its futuristic and aesthetic appearance is designed to appeal to the younger generation.
Measuring 4,166mm (length) x 1,820mm (width) x 1,566mm (height) and with a 2,600mm wheelbase, XIV-2 will be equipped with eco-friendly, fuel efficient 1.6 litre diesel and petrol engines meeting Euro VI emission regulations.