SsangYong e-SIV Concept previews a Korando replacement and is expected to rival the likes of Nissan Qashqai in international markets
SsangYong has released a brand new concept at the ongoing 2018 Geneva Motor Show and it denotes the future direction as far as electric vehicles are concerned. Dubbed the e-SIV concept, it gives a thorough glimpse of how the electric version of the popular Korando SUV will look like. The production version is expected to compete against the likes of Nissan Qashqai.
The e-SIV abbreviates to electronic-Smart Interface Vehicle. In layman’s term, it expresses that the South Korean subsidiary of Mahindra is preparing to take on the future of mobility regarding the SUV space. The futuristic design go on to show the presence of sleek LED headlamps with the trendy lighting bar running along the width of the vehicle.
It mimics the styling ethos already witnessed on the Tivoli and Rexton concepts showcased in the same Swiss show three years ago. However, this concept is of particular interest as the brand moves towards mainstreaming its electric operations in the near future. The production-ready e-SIV will be slotted between the Tivoli and the range-topping Rexton.
It is report by international media to act as a Korando replacement that has been in the business since 2010. The Korando may make way for a production version of the e-SIV with regular engine lineup initially. We can expect SsangYong to give a new nomenclature when the road-going model hits the showrooms. As for the electric powertrain, the e-SIV will use an electric motor capable of producing 185 bhp and it enables a massive range of 279 miles on a single charge.
It can top out 150 kmph and can get to 80 percent from empty using a fast charger in just 50 minutes. However, the e-SIV will have to make do with the electric Kona having 292 mile range (470 km) and coincidentally it is also making debut in Geneva. Its direct rival from SsangYong though will be based on the Tivoli and is slated to arrive before the end of this decade.
The SsangYong e-SIV concept previews recent developments in autonomous functions as well. It carries the design theme of ‘New horizon, smart dynamism’ and it also provides platform for advanced connectivity interface along autonomous driving. The styling echoes the silhouette of a coupé while utilizing enough space and rugged style of an SUV with aero efficiency.
The interior comes equipped with four independent bucket seats, uncluttered information display with spacious cabin and instrument cluster communicating data through clear graphics suitable for autonomous driving and future connectivity functions. The centre console in the second row allows information sharing with rear seat passengers while being adaptable to enhance interior room.
It also possesses contemporary ambiance with a Geonic pattern used for soft materials. The ambient light around instrument panel and door trims complement the refreshing ambiance. The e-SIV is ‘designed for busy people’ who expect latest technology for mobile communication including machine learning-based voice recognition, internet and autonomous navigation.
The Level 2 autonomous driving tech uses radar and camera sensor system for recognising lane of travel and maintaining safe distance with other vehicles on road. An additional sensor increases the automatic lane and active driving to achieve Level 3 self-driving functions.
The e-SIV can charge battery remotely by monitoring the charging progress through smart phone app and manage charging station info in real time and predict driving range based on charged level. The telematics service enables remotely controlled functions such as turning power on and off, AC, car diagnostics, vehicle management and performing emergency functions.
The infotainment service, on the other hand, creates personalised functionalities via machine learning speech recognition and manages music, radio and inter-connected home control. SsangYong’s parent Mahindra is expected to launch a rebadged version of the Rexton in India later this year and it was already showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo.