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SsangYong XIV concepts make Paris Motor Show debut

Concept cars preview SsangYong X100 SUV that will rival Nissan Juke in 2015

The SsangYong XIV-Air and SsangYong XIV-Adventure concept cars have been revealed at the Paris Motor Show. They preview a new Nissan Juke-rivalling SUV called the SsangYong X100 that's due to go on sale in 2015.

Earlier this year, the Korean carmaker revealed the SsangYong XLV concept at the Geneva Motor Show, aimed at the Nissan X-Trail and Honda CR-V. That car’s unique selling point was that it could be specified with seven seats, but the XIV concept cars shown in Paris represent a totally new model.

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The images released to coincide with Paris show two concepts aimed at two very different classes. The XIV-Air looks like a traditional crossover, but with a 'targa' roof, while the XIV-Adventure looks more rugged. Both cars would be available with two or four-wheel drive, so it's safe to assume the same will be true of the eventual production version.

On the subject of the Paris show cars, SsangYong said: "These two new concepts offer style, practicality and convenience for the smart user and the new car will go on sale next year."

When the XIV goes on sale (badged as the X100), buyers will have a choice of a 1.6-litre petrol or a 1.6-litre diesel engine, both of which will meet the stringent new Euro 6 emissions standards. Expect more than 60mpg economy from the diesel engine, with CO2 emissions of around 110g/km. Emissions from the petrol engine will be closer to 140g/km, and choosing four-wheel drive will hurt economy figures for both engines.

Both the SsangYong XIV concept cars come with dual-zone automatic air-conditioning, heated front seats and keyless entry. It also looks likely that the X100 will have the option of a new MP3 stereo with a high-resolution LCD screen, which will double up as a display for a rear-view parking camera.

The concept cars are fitted with seven airbags, hill-start assist and an emergency stop signal system that helps prevent low-speed collisions by warning following vehicles when braking hard. We can expect these systems to be fitted on the X100 production model, too.

For reviews of the current SsangYong range, visit the Carbuyer SsangYong reviews page.

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Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

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