An open-air variation on the XIV-1 show SUV it presented last year in Frankfurt, the Ssangyong XIV-2 Concept arrived in Geneva as a stage setter for a new premium B-segment crossover the Korean automaker plans to launch in the global market. As with its predecessor, the XIV portion of its name stands for "eXciting User Interface Vehicle." While Ssangyong's XIV-1 had a more traditional crossover look and five-door configuration, the new XIV-2 displays more radically crafted lines with only a single door on each side that endows it with a decided coupe-like character. Like the Fiat 500C, the XIV-2's fully-lined power-activated fabric top slides open on a pair of fixed guide rails that are part of the surrounding roof/door frame support structure.
Inside, the Ssangyong XIV-2's cabin features four individual bucket seats and an Auto User Interface to help ensure it's Gen Y target buyers will be able to stay fully connected via their various smart/mobile devices. To appeal to their greener side, the XIV-2 Concept offers the choice of a 1.6-liter/125-horsepower gasoline engine or a like-sized turbodiesel that makes 130-horses. Both meet upcoming Euro VI emissions requirements, feature Ssnagyong's mileage-enhancing Idle Stop and Go system and can be backed by either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.