It looks like SsangYong Motor won’t miss the rising tide of boxy SUVs. The company announced a design concept called the X200 which looks quite familiar if you squint long enough. Consumers are flocking to crossovers and SUVs, and automakers are rushing to offer rugged crossovers and capable all-terrain vehicles as customers prioritize performance and style.
SsangYong’s latest creation sits behind other square offerings like the all-new Ford Bronco, Jeep Wrangler, Suzuki Jimny, and Jeep Renegade. Details on the SsangYong X200 are scarce as the concept only presents a glimpse of the SUV’s design, and it looks like it has the aesthetics to compete. However, the front looks dangerously like the seven-slot grille that is a hallmark of Jeep design. The wheels are pushed through the bends to give it short overhangs and superb approach and departure angles.
You’d think the square rear fender extensions would look odd, but they blend in quite well with the square taillight design. One interesting feature illustrated in the concept drawings is the retractable soft top opening that sits between the roof rails. It would provide a bit of open-air driving, although that pales in comparison to what the Bronco and Wrangler offer. Oversized wheels, red tow hooks, and silver coating around the bottom certainly improve the SUV’s off-road credentials, although some of these are subject to change before production begins.
The SsangYong X200 is based on the company’s Powered by Toughness design philosophy, a new philosophy for how the company plans to style its vehicles in the future. Part of this equation will include “green” powertrains; however, SsangYong did not specify in his press release what this might be for the X200. The company is working on an all-electric SUV called the J100 that is slated to go into production sometime in 2022, so we wouldn’t be surprised if the X200 offers some form of electrification.