Having previously shown a convertible crossover concept at the Geneva Motor Show in March, Chinese automaker SsangYong plans to reveal this extended-range electric crossover concept in Paris. Called the e-XIV, the new SsangYong concept follows the design trends laid out by the company’s earlier XIV-1 and XIV-2 concepts.
The SsangYong e-XIV can drive on electricity, then uses a small gasoline engine to charge the batteries and provide extra driving range. It also has solar panels on the roof (which, unlike in the XIV-2, is solid) to further recharge the batteries. The company says the car’s gas engine and solar panels help overcome “the issues of limited driving distance and battery charging infrastructure.” At 163.8 inches long, 70.5 inches wide, and 62.0 inches tall, the SsangYong e-XIV is roughly the same size as a Mini Countryman.
Though we’d hesitate to call it attractive, the design of the e-XIV is highlighted by several clever flourishes. Lines from a contrasting section of the hood flow nicely into the beltline, which itself finishes in an upward curve near the rear of the two-door car. A line from the flared rear fenders continues around the curved tail. The roof is painted a contrast color so it appears cantilevered, and extends past the sloped rear windshield to create a small spoiler. In all, it’s an inventive and precise design, if not traditionally beautiful.
SsangYong says it will reveal more details on the e-XIV concept at the Paris Motor Show on September 27.