SsangYong projects its vision of the future at the ongoing 2018 Geneva Motor Show in the form of the e-SIV concept that is powered by electricity and features autonomous driving technology.
If there is any one shape that SsangYong likes to make cars in, it’s definitely the shape of an SUV. The South Korean automaker has used the ongoing 2018 Geneva Motor Show to reveal its latest intentions of making an electric SUV in the form of the new e-SIV concept. SsangYong states that the name – e-SIV – stands for Electronic Smart Interface Vehicle, which packs in an electric powertrain, while also featuring autonomous driving capability and connected mobility solutions.
The SsangYong e-SIV is designed to be a C-segment electric SUV, measuring 4,460mm in length and 1,870mm in width. The design of the car itself is something of a mix between a production ready boxy design and some pretty sharp and futuristic design lines, especially around the lower section of the car. The interior of the car, though, is pure concept material with a floating dashboard display stretching end to end. By the looks of it, the driver gets a digital instrument cluster. The touch sensitive infotainment screen in placed in the centre, while there is a display in front of the co-passenger as well. The centre console and general interior of the car are designed to appear modern and slick with a minimalistic design. The concept also gets ambient lighting strips on the dash and door pads.
SsangYong e-SIV concept is equipped with Stage 2 autonomous driving capability that uses radar and camera sensor technology to cruise along an expressway. According to the company, it can also be fitted with an active driving function and lane changing ability to become a Stage 3 self-driving car.
The E-SIV’s connected car technology, meanwhile, is capable of finding the nearest charging stations and allowing the owner to monitor charging status via a smartphone app. The connected car tech also allows for turning the power on and off, controlling air-conditioning, car diagnostics and vehicle management, emergency driving in case of an incident and even driver safety support via telematics services. Infotainment services can be managed by the same as well.
Coming to the most important bit about the e-SIV, it is propelled by a 140kW / 187bhp electric motor that is powered by a 61.5kWh battery pack. It comes with a fast charging ability that can charge the battery pack to 80 per cent in 50 minutes. Driving range is projected at anywhere between 320 km – 450 km, depending on driving conditions. While the top speed is pegged at 150 km/h.