South Korea’s SsangYong has presented its third iteration of its XIV line of concepts
at this week’s 2012 Paris Auto Show
, previewing yet again a new compact crossover the automaker has in the pipeline. The new concept goes by the name e-XIV, the small “e” denoting this one is powered by an electric drivetrain.
Like the previous two XIV concepts, SsangYong’s latest focuses on smart design and user interactivity. The name XIV, in fact, is an acronym for eXciting user Interface Vehicle.
As the name suggests, each of the concepts feature an advanced user interface system that incorporates the controls for all major cabin functions and can be accessed via a mobile device. SsangYong hopes the feature will help the vehicle appeal to younger buyers, especially those already used to staying up-to-date via smartphones and other mobile devices.
Inside, there are four individual bucket seats, each of which can be positioned to create a variety of seating combinations. The instrument cluster communicates with the driver using detailed graphics, and enables active communication between car and driver by displaying necessary information on a central screen in real time.
The e-XIV drops the previous models’ pure gasoline engines in favor of an extended-range electric drivetrain. An electric motor provides the motive force. It’s rated at 107 horsepower and can carry the concept a total range of about 50 miles on a single charge of the vehicle’s 16-kWh lithium-ion battery.
Should more driving range be required, a 1.0-liter gasoline engine kicks in and helps top up the batteries, allowing for a driving range of up to 370 miles. Four hours are required for charging a fully discharged battery, and 20 minutes for quick recharging. A roof-mounted solar panel is fitted, used for powering ancillary features in the vehicle.
Overall dimensions come in at 13.6 feet in length, 5.9 feet in width, 5.2 feet in height, and with a wheelbase of 8.5 feet.
With SsangYong products currently off limits for the U.S., there’s little chance of a production XIV ever making it to local showrooms. A launch overseas could happen next year.