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Korea: SsangYong To Show Range-Extended B-Class In Paris

Indian-controlled Korean automaker Ssangyong Motor Co. will debut a small range-extended electric car later this month at the Paris motor show.

The B-segment e-XIV electric car concept comes from the SUV specialist controlled by Mahindra & Mahindra, which has as its stated strategy to enter the U.S. market within 2-5 years.

For now, the e-XIV – which is short for Electric Exciting user-Interface Vehicle – is a design study, but it follows the general formula employed by the Chevy Volt of an electric vehicle with gasoline engine back-up.

In this case the electric motor and batteries are packaged into a vehicle much smaller than the Volt, and it includes other innovations a la Fisker, like a glass solar roof to increase potential curb appeal for the urban commuter crossover.

Design details will be released at Paris, but the little car appears to be somewhat like an extended-range version of Ssangyong’s XIV-2 concept – short for eXciting User Interface Vehicle 2 – shown in March at Geneva, and that concept is in turn is similar to yet a third tiny concept show vehicle seen prior at Frankfurt, the Concept XIV 1.

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