Ssangyong will be showcasing an all-new e-SIV electric SUV concept at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. The Korean carmaker has teased the C-segment crossover in design sketches and claims that it hints at Ssangyong's 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. The electric concept is a follow up to the electric Tivoli EVR concept showcased at Geneva back in 2015. The production vehicle spawned from the e-SIV will be Ssangyong’s C-segment SUV offering which will slot in between the Tivoli and the full-sized Rexton in the brand’s SUV family. The production version of the e-SIV could even replace the next-gen Kornado albeit with a different moniker when it arrives in 2019.
In the design sketches, the e-SIV looks almost the same as the previous electric concept from Ssangyong. 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 crease and floating D-pillar scrounged from the Rexton and smaller Tivoli.
Powering the e-SIV 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.
The e-SIV is the fifth electric concept from Ssangyong. It will share the Geneva stage with the all-new Musso pick-up truck which will be launched in the European market.