South Korean automaker SsangYong is planning a follow up to last year’s surprisingly popular XIV-1 compact crossover concept.

The latest study, dubbed the XIV-2 (eXciting User Interface Vehicle 2), is essentially a convertible of the previous XIV-1 though SsangYong’s designers have managed to avoid creating a repeat of the oddity that is Nissan’s Murano CrossCabriolet.

That’s because the XIV-2 keeps its rugged crossover proportions thanks to a simple drawback roof rather than a complete convertible design.

More than just a design study, however, the XIV-2 and previous XIV-1 are a preview of SsangYong’s upcoming compact crossover designed for Europe and other markets where the South Korean brand’s vehicles are sold.

Measuring 13.6 feet in length, 6 feet in width, 5.1 feet in height, and with a wheelbase of 8.5 feet, the XIV-2 should offer plenty of punch when fitted with its proposed 1.6-liter diesel or gasoline engines.

The new SsangYong XIV-2 convertible concept will make its official world debut at next month’s 2012 Geneva Motor Show. In the meantime, you can catch our ongoing coverage of the event by visiting our dedicated show page.

2012 SsangYong XIV-2 Convertible Concept

2012 SsangYong XIV-2 Convertible Concept