SsangYong will unveil the LIV-2 concept at the Paris auto show. The concept previews the new Rexton large SUV that will launch next year.
The concept is very close to the production Rexton, a SsangYong spokesman told Automotive News Europe.
The new Rexton will be a more premium vehicle compared with the current car, which first launched in 2001, the spokesman said.
The SUV will retain its body-on-frame construction, giving it a higher towing capacity and better off-road performance. Most SUVs have been switched to a monocoque design that improves on-road refinement.
The Rexton will be powered by a 2.2-liter diesel engine or a 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine.
The LIV-2 will showcase "advanced communication technologies," SsangYong said in a statement. LIV-2 stands for "limitless interface vehicle." The car is an update of the LIV-1 concept first shown in 2013.
The production Rexton is expected to be unveiled at the Geneva auto show in the spring.
The Rexton will be the second new model launched by SsangYong since the Korean automaker was bought by India's Mahindra & Mahindra in 2011. The first was the Tivoli subcompact SUV, which is now the brand's biggest seller in Europe. A stretched version called the Tivoli XLV was launched earlier this year.
Helped by the Tivoli, SsangYong's vehicle sales increased by 68 percent to 10,298 in the first half, according to market researchers JATO Dynamics. Rexton sales were 1,164, up from 1,125. The Tivoli was the brand's European best-seller with sales of 5,686, up from 696.