PARIS,FRANCE — Ssangyong Motor, part of the USD15.4 billion Mahindra Group, today unveiled the company’s environmentally friendly and futuristic electric concept car, the e-XIV, at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. The company also launched the Rexton W SUV and petrol engine Korando crossover with automatic transmission to help boost sales in Europe.
The Rexton W is a premium SUV that, boasts of outstanding performance from its durable powertrain which comprises an eco-friendly e-XDi200 active engine and Mercedes-Benz e-Tronic 5-speed automatic transmission.
The new e-XDi200 active diesel engine not only enhances performance and reliability, but also ensures improved fuel efficiency and smoothness in all driving conditions.
As a result, the Rexton W achieves 193g/km (6M/T, 2WD) of CO2 emissions, a 15 per cent improvement over the outgoing model, with maximum power of 155ps and maximum torque of 360Nm. Torque delivery is optimised throughout the most frequently used rev range – 1,500rpm to 2,800rpm - with low-end torque of 190Nm.
The Rexton W offers a comprehensive range of safety features including a triple-layer steel frame and strong body, ESP (Electronic Stability Program), ARP (Active Roll-over Protection), TPMS (Tyre Pressure Monitoring System), and front & rear parking sensors.
Other convenience features include eco cruise control, sliding headrests, easy access memory seat, USB to play MP3 & WMA files, and Bluetooth to enable safe use of mobile phone while driving.
Sales of the Rexton W will begin shortly in Europe.
e-XIV conceptAs part of efforts to develop next-generation technologies and eco-friendly automobiles, Ssangyong Motor Company showcased the range extender concept e-XIV, which is expected to be a globally competitive model, that lays the groundwork for future growth.
The e-XIV uses an 80-kW Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor (PMSM), giving a range of 80km by taking power from the 16-kWh lithium-ion battery. Four hours are required for charging a fully discharged battery and 20 minutes for quick recharging.
The car also features a range extending system comprising of a two-cylinder 1,000cc petrol engine and a 20-kW generator. Once the 80km distance has been achieved, the petrol engine supplies additional power via the generator to extend the range up to 600km, emitting just 45g/km of CO2.
The e-XIV’s glass roof solar panel converts solar energy to electric power and operates interior equipment such as the air conditioning, audio system and internal lighting. Drivers can also select their preferred method of driving by activating the car’s VCU (Vehicle Control Unit) via a smart phone or a remote control.
The e-XIV has been styled using Ssangyong’s design language to create future products that embrace its development philosophy of ‘Robust, Specialty, Premium.’
The e-XIV features a crossover design with a combination of SUV and sports coupé styling that is suitable for both active driving in the country and short distance motoring around the city.
With its rich side body volume and simple, modern lights, the e-XIV looks dynamic and progressive, presenting a contemporary look that would appeal to younger drivers.
Functional features of the e-XIV are finished in a simple, sleek style, while the high-tech solar cell panel applied to the glass roof maximises the emotional connection of driving in the open while enjoying the thought that ‘free’ solar power is being harvested.
Inside there is a four-bucket-seat configuration to provide comfort and privacy for each passenger. Each seat can be positioned to create a variety of seating combinations and a choice in space utilisation.
The interior structure evokes the sporty style of a crossover, blending a mix of styling cues and materials including carbon fibre. The instrument cluster sports dynamic graphics, and enables active communication between the car and driver by displaying necessary information on the centre fascia in real time.
The e-XIV also combines the ‘Auto User Interface’ of the previously shown XIV1 and XIV2 concepts, to offer a new direction for the car as a moving communication space by combining the latest IT developments in automobiles and personal smart devices.
Petrol powered Korando with automatic transmission
Ssangyong Motor Company first took the wraps off the new petrol powered Korando at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, and at this year’s Paris Motor Show the company will introduce its petrol engine with automatic transmission.
The launch of the 2.0-litre (149ps) petrol engine with automatic transmission provides even greater customer choice and completes the powertrain line-up for the stylish Korando SUV, which already includes a high-power diesel engine as well as a low CO2 version. Ssangyong’s engineers have also concentrated on reducing noise, vibration & harshness (NVH) levels with the addition of an acoustic engine cover which improves refinement and reduces noise levels inside the cabin.
The petrol automatic version will arrive in European markets later this year.
Range on display
Ssangyong will display a total of seven vehicles, and in addition to the above, show its new Actyon Sports pick-up and Rodius MPV. The 2012 Paris Motor Show is open until Oct. 14 in the Versailles Expo under the theme of ‘The Future, Now.’
Mr. Lee Yoo-il, CEO of Ssangyong Motor, says: “We have strengthened our product line-up for Europe with the launch of the premium SUV Rexton W, the petrol powered Korando with automatic transmission, and the new Rodius Euro. By showcasing the e-XIV, which features many next generation eco-friendly technologies, SsangYong is indicating the future direction for its design and product development. We will continue to be aggressive in the European market to diversify our international markets.”