SsangYong Motor Company is an automaker that specializes in SUVs. With the preponderance these days of electric sport-utes both concept and production, it only makes sense that the South Korean brand creates its own. So here is the e-SIV (short for “Electronic Smart Interface Vehicle”), SsangYong’s centerpiece display at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. It is the brand’s fifth EV concept in the past eight years—after the KEV1 in 2010, the KEV2 in 2011, the e-XIV in 2012 and the Tivoli EV-R in 2015—underscoring the company’s serious intent to focus on electric cars in the near future.
The e-SIV is a compact electric SUV that measures 4,460mm long, 1,870mm wide and 1,630mm tall. It is powered by a 140kW electric motor that has a cruising range of 320km to 450km, depending on your driving style and traffic conditions. The 61.5kWh battery can be recharged to 80% capacity in just 50 minutes. The vehicle’s maximum speed has been pegged at 150km/h.
The e-SIV’s modern-looking exterior is supposed to showcase SsangYong’s “New Horizon, Smart Dynamism” design language. According to a press statement, the main values in the styling are youthfulness and sportiness.
Inside, the concept EV has four individual bucket seats and a digital dashboard that looks like part of the props for the next superhero movie from Marvel Studios. Autonomous driving and connectivity are the other highlights of the vehicle, which explains the cockpit’s futuristic appearance.
SsangYong is expected to introduce its first battery electric vehicle by 2020. That will be two fleeting years from now. Judging by the e-SIV, there’s reason to hope that the production version will be a good one.