SsangYong’s LIV-2, short for Limitless Interface Vehicle 2, is the next iteration from the LIV-1 concept showcased at the Seoul Motor Show in 2013.
Continuing the development philosophy of “Robust, Specialty, Premium,” which has underpinned other concept cars recently from SsangYong, this newly created SUV concept pursues the emotional interface between the driver, passengers and car, and will evolve to become another key strategic model within the SsangYong product range and drive future growth. The car is expected to be introduced during 2017, probably as the new-generation Rexton.
Featuring a strong and durable body-on-frame construction and utilising SsangYong’s specialist four-wheel-drive system, the LIV-2 is equipped with an intelligent interface that facilitates active communication between the driver and car.
The look of this strong, authentic SUV is informed by restrained sensitivity, and a contemporary expression is realised through the matt white body finish and white-hued interior, emphasising a futuristic yet powerful aura inside and out.
This fresh, modern and appealing style has been created through the fusion of its robust, dignified body, dramatic-look air intakes, and a cohesive appearance at the front that blends the grille and headlights seamlessly.
The radiator grille resembles the spread wings of a bird – first seen on the Tivoli and symbolising liberty and freedom. This front-end design will now be shared across all future SsangYong models to create a distinctive and recognisable new identity for the marque.
The interior design brief for the LIV-2 was to create a contemporary executive lounge within a luxurious, chauffeur-driven limousine. As well as having copious space to work or relax in, it should be equipped with a suite of advanced communication technology.
The interior design concept places the emphasis on the rear seat passengers, who are afforded individual seats and a fully connected centre console. Each seat reclines and includes massaging vibration at the touch of a button.
Fine leather, Geonic pattern and piano-black gloss accent panels present a harmoniously presented modern environment, while fully adjustable mood lighting, subtly positioned to highlight the console and door panels, create a futuristic, sophisticated ambience.
Enhancing connectivity for the occupants on the road is an integrated communication system with three displays: a 9.2-inch monitor in the centre fascia and a 10.1-inch monitor in each headrest, plus Apple CarPlay, Google Android Auto and Wi-Fi mirroring for devices.
These can all be controlled from the second-row centre console, which gives access to the infotainment system via a touch control panel for “surround sound” and premium entertainment quality, as well as unrestricted smartphone use with headsets and gadget recharging.
The LIV-2 is powered by SsangYong’s own 2.2-litre Euro 6 turbo-diesel engine with a 2000bar common rail direct injection system to achieve a powerful yet efficient performance, while reducing noise and increasing responsiveness. This powerful 420Nm engine is matched to a Mercedes-Benz 7-speed automatic transmission, and delivers a fun driving experience with optimal performance and efficiency. A newly developed petrol 2-litre GDi turbo engine is also available.
Read our 2015 comparison of SsangYong Rexton, Kia Sorento and Hyundai Santa Fe.