I remember a time when Korean carmaker SsangYong was quite well known for making big, ungainly cars that looked liked they had been beaten with an ugly stick. Sorry, make that an ugly baseball bat. Things have dramatically changed for the better in recent years and the XAVL Concept is a good example of this.
Stylish Looks, Iffy Name
This mid-size SUV concept certainly looks good but I have a slight problem with it. Its name. You see, XAVL stands for eXciting Authentic Vehicle Long. No, I kid you not, that is completely legit. That’s merely a name though, so let’s looks past that and see what is behind the stylish metal.
The design is an iteration of the XAV concept first seen at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show and there is also a sprinkling of inspiration of the Korando model of the 1990s. Step inside and you’ll find a swanky interior, which is able to seat seven occupants. However, I must admit if I were buying one I’d opt for a different shade for the leather/trim.
Full Of Safety And Tech
The XAVL Concept boasts a good level of both and tech, meaning that it could make buyers think twice when looking at European rivals. There are plenty of airbags inside, including one for the driver’s knee and another one that is central between the driver and the front passenger. There is also an external airbag which has been installed to help protect pedestrians.
Electronic safety systems include autonomous emergency braking, lane change assist, high beam assistance and blind spot detection to name a few. There is also a smart parking assist system to help out in those tight spots – or when you simply can’t be bothered. Other tech includes a large LCD touchscreen, wi-fi hotspot and an infotainment system which can be controlled by a smartphone.
There will be a choice of two engines in the XAVL Concept – a 1.5 litre petrol and a 1.6 litre diesel. Both of these will be available with either a 6-speed manual or automatic gearbox and two wheel drive.
Release date and prices are yet to be announced for the new XAVL Concept.