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XAVL concept inspired by Jeeptype secondgen Korando SUV
<p><strong>XAVL concept inspired by Jeep-type second-gen Korando SUV.</strong></p>

Ssangyong Teases XAVL Concept Ahead of Geneva

<p><strong>While it is just a concept for now, if the XAVL went into production it would be &ldquo;larger than the compact Korando SUV and a little&nbsp;smaller than the midsize Rexton SUV,&rdquo; a spokesman says.</strong></p>

Korean automaker Ssangyong releases teaser images of its XAVL Concept 7-seat SUV ahead of its debut at next month’s Geneva Auto Show.

A spokesman tells WardsAuto that while it is just a concept for now, if the XAVL goes into production it will be “larger than the compact Korando SUV and a little smaller than the midsize Rexton SUV.”

Some in the industry see the XAVL as a possible future competitor for Hyundai’s Santa Fe and its Kia cousin, the Sorento, but Ssangyong is mum on production plans. More details will be revealed March 9 in Geneva.

If produced it would be Ssangyong’s second long-body SUV, following the extended-length version of the best-selling Tivoli that launched last year.

XAVL stands for Exciting Authentic Vehicle Long, a play on the XAV concept introduced at the 2015 Frankfurt auto show.

Ssangyong says in a statement the concept “is powered by both petrol and clean-burning diesel engines,” but the spokesman says the powertrain has not been chosen and the door could be open to hybrids and other propulsion systems.

The XAVL concept has 3-row seating. It will have many autonomous safety features to protect both occupants and pedestrians as well as the space and comfort features of an MPV in a traditional SUV package.

Styling is more dramatic than that of the current Rexton, but perhaps less so than that of the coming ʼ18 Rexton Y-400 that took its design cues from the LIV-1 concept. The updated LIV-2 concept shown at the 2016 Paris auto show is said to be very close to the new production version.

Ssangyong says the XAVL is inspired by the second-generation Korando, a Jeep-type SUV that was marketed from 1996 to 2006, when it was replaced by the third-generation C200 version.

The Korando line debuted as a mini-SUV in 1988.

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