Geneva 2013: Ssangyong

  • Concept unveiled described as a mid-premium CUV
  • Essentially, it's a fancy 4x4
  • New people carrier Rodius Turismo revealed

New car on show: SIV-1 concept, Rodius Turismo

SIV-1 concept

SsangYong has gone a bit bonkers. It can't seem to make up its mind what category its SIV-1 (Smart Interface Vehicle) concept model is in.

So, the car maker has come up with this: it's a multi interface mid-premium CUV (crossover utility vehicle).

Get your head around that one.

Anyway, SsangYong says this concept defines the brand’s new design philosophy and that it features 'a Mobile Auto System', and if you are wondering what that is, then wonder some more because we don't know what it is either.

In order to clear up confusion it's safe to say that it's a 4x4-type thing with four independent bucket seats inside.

SsangYong also took the trouble to tell us the dimensions of the SIV-1 and they are as follows:

  • Length: 4,500mm
  • Width: 1,880mm
  • Height: 1,640mm
  • Wheelbase: 2,700mm
  • Any clearer? Didn't think so.

Rodius Turismo

Back on planet earth Ssangyong has revealed a new Rodius Turismo.

This people carrier is a new take on the previous Rodius with enough space for seven passengers and their luggage.

It's powered by a 2.0-litre turbo diesel with a choice of six-speed manual or five-speed automatic gearboxes.

It features a new design - no bad thing given the previous model had a face only a mother could love - and the design looks cleaner and much more modern.

Inside there are three rows of seats and the third row seats can be removed completely. The second row seats can be folded flat to serve as tables.

Safety kit includes front and side airbags, electronic stability programme and brake assist.

The people carrier will come with leather, air con, cruise control, rear parking sensors and heated front windscreen.