Ssangyong brought in the all-new e-SIV electric SUV concept at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. The C-segment crossover design study from the Korean carmaker hints at the future direction towards mobility, new technologies and product development.
The e-SIV stands for Electronic Smart Interface Vehicle, according to the Mahindra-owned carmaker. The e-SIV has been developed to demonstrate SsangYong’s approach towards creating a connected mobility solution along with autonomous driving. This is the fifth electric concept from Ssangyong and it follows the Tivoli EVR electric concept from the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. Just like other concepts, the e-SIV concept will spawn a new product in the SUV maker’s line-up. It will be a C-segment crossover which will slot in between the Tivoli and the full-sized Rexton in the brand’s SUV family and might replace the ageing Kornado.
Design wise, the e-SIV looks unmistakably a SsangYong and carries forward the brand's new design philosophy. There is the characteristic hexagonal grille up front similar to the one seen on the latest G4 Rexton. It is flanked by new, sleek headlights connected by an LED strip running across the width of the bonnet. The silhouette is akin to the other Ssangyongs mostly due to the sharp creases and a floating D-pillar scrounged from the Rexton and smaller Tivoli. The tail lights are a sleek LED strip running along the back. The front and rear have busy yet futuristic design elements. The cabin is minimalistic and laden with next-age technologies.
Powering the e-SIV Concept is a 140kW (185bhp) motor with a fast charging feature. The EV will be able to charge up to 80 per cent in 50 minutes. Ssangyong claims a top speed of 150 kmph and an electric range of up to 450km. Dimension wise, the concept measures 4,460mm in length, 1,870mm in width and 1,630mm in height with a wheelbase of 2,675mm.
SsangYong might reveal the production-ready version of the e-SIV in the next few years. The e-SIV shared the Geneva stage with the all-new Musso pick-up truck which made its European debut.