Ssangyong is obviously exploring the shape of the Crossover Utility Vehicle (CUV) of the future if its last two concept cars are anything to go by. The XIV-1 concept presented at IAA last September offered a stylish exterior and an entirely new take on the CUV interior, and now the XIV-2, which we'll see at the Geneva Motor Show, will give us a convertible crossover.

XIV stands for "eXciting User Interface Vehicle" and although the idea of combining a crossover and a sports car isn't new, it's something which just might catch on - the two concepts are designed to preview SsangYong's upcoming compact crossover for Europe.

The Ssangyong XIV-1 Concept from Frankfurt IAA 2011

The new XIV-2 "convertible" concept car will be seen for the first time at the 82nd Geneva Motor Show next month, having been derived partially from the XIV-1 concept we saw at the IAA International Motor Show, Frankfurt 2011.

The SsangYong XIV-2's most obvious defining characteristic is its soft-top roof. The roof opens and closes with one touch, and it may yet become one of the features of Ssangyong's upcoming range of compact SUVs, which are expected to have the same Euro VI emission-compliant 1.6 liter diesel and petrol engines as the XIV-2.

The only numbers available for the XIV-2 are the length (4,166 mm/164 in), width (1,820 mm/71.6 in), height (1,566 mm/61.7 in) and wheelbase (2,600 mm/102.4 in).

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