SsangYong caused a minor sensation when it unveiled a concept for an imposing, large crossover utility vehicle (CUV) during the media briefing on the display stand at the recent 12th Auto Expo motor show in Delhi, India. SsangYong is wholly owned by Mahindra Group.
The concept, known as the LIV-1 (Limitless Interface Vehicle), demonstrates SsangYong’s product development capability by integrating a substantial amount of smart technology into a vehicle with a four-wheel drive system and an easy-to-use interface for the occupants.
The LIV-1, with its masculine and robust appearance, is designed for enjoyable driving with a high level of safety features. One of these is Smart Link, a roof-and-glass system created from nano tube technology which removes frost quickly through remote control for safe driving in the winter.
Safe Way technology ensures safe driving using a collision prevention system in blind spots and intersections. There is a 10-inch monitor in the centre fascia and a
7-inch screen in the back of the front seat head restraints.
SsangYong also exhibited the new Rodius APV which is ideal for transporting large families, with seating for 11 people, while having the attractive styling of a sports utility vehicle (SUV).
The Rodius is equipped with SsangYong’s own 2-litre turbo diesel engine which develops 115kW of power with 360N.m of torque. This all-purpose passenger vehicle has been developed to provide the flexibility of a recreational vehicle (RV), the styling of a sports utility vehicle (SUV) and the ride comfort and appointments of a luxury sedan.
SsangYong, which was taken over by Mahindra in early 2011 has made steady progress and last year sales surged 20.7% year-on-year to 145 649 vehicles, with a all time record in overseas sales hitting 81 679 units.