Providing an early look at one of the company's future production models, the SsangYong XIV-1 made its worldwide debut in Frankfurt. Created by one of South Korea's lesser-known automakers, this compact crossover sets the pattern for an upcoming B-segment entry that it hopes will generate a good bit of international awareness. 

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The exterior styling of the SsangYong XIV-1 Concept incorporates numerous contemporary elements, from LED headlamps and a sweeping wraparound greenhouse to coach-style doors that do away with a conventional B-pillar and a full-length panorama glass roof. However, it's the XIV-1's manifestly engaging passenger compartment that merits the greatest interest.

Designed to serve as an extended living space, this roomy and extremely user-friendly realm actually gave rise to the "XIV-1" name, being a contraction for the words "eXciting Interface Vehicle." Each of the four individual seats offers fore/aft adjustment as well as 360-degree rotation. Accented with cool blue mood lighting, the XIV-1's clean, modern dash boasts LED main instrumentation supplemented by a multifunction center display that also can interface with all types of smart mobile devices.

While mechanical details were pretty limited, the SsangYong XIV-1 and its volume-build offspring will be powered by 1.6-liter gasoline and diesel four-cylinder engines backed by six-speed manual and automatic transmissions and will offer the choice of front- or all-wheel drive configurations.

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