Seen in Frankfurt: SsangYong Crossovers

SsangYong Motor Company is a Korean vehicle manufacturer that’s actually owned by an Indian company, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.

SsangYong Motor Company is a Korean vehicle manufacturer that’s actually owned by an Indian company, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.

Those of us in the U.S. think “Hyundai” and “Kia” when it comes to Korean OEMs, and draw a blank when it comes to Indian OEMs, with the exception of Tata, but one doesn’t see any of them around these parts.

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XLV-Air: Check out the red grille surround that’s. . .

Anyway, SsangYong introduced a new compact CUV in Korea and Europe earlier this year, and it has prepped another vehicle, the XLV-Air, which is to launch in 2016, and the XAV-Adventure, a concept.

The XLV-Air’s prime benefit seems to be that it has plenty of cargo room (720 liters, or 25.43-cu. ft.). Also, there is a new material, Geonic, that SsangYong developed with another Korean company, Kolon Glotech, which produces not only fabrics for auto use, but everything from carpets to artificial turf.

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. . .echoed here on the rear fascia.

All of which is to say that these are elements of utility for the CUV.

When launched the vehicle will be offered with a 1.6-liter engine—gasoline or diesel. An Aisin six-speed automatic or a manual will also be offered.

Then there’s the concept, the XAV-Adventure, which the company itself describes as having “chunky proportions.” Perhaps that adjective isn’t the right one in English, s the company goes on to say that it looks “strong, traditional no-nonsense,” which it certainly does.

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XAV-Adventure: Looks tough enough.

What isn’t immediately evident from the exterior of the XAV-Adventure is that it is a hybrid that deploys two electric motors in the back to provide 4WD capability. And on the off-road subject, there is electronic air suspension system that automatically makes adjustments based on road conditions.

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XAV Adventure: The carbon-black top has a canvas section for open-air adventuring.

And what can’t be seen in this image is the canvas roof inset that provides the ability to provide an open top for the vehicle.

Given the global popularity of compact crossovers, it’s not unimaginable that these vehicles could get some share in the U.S. market.