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SsangYong reveals Tivoli compact SUV

Published Jan 15, 2015



By: Dave Abrahams

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Seoul, South Korea - This is the Tivoli, the first new model to be launched following the merger of SsangYong and Mahindra.

The result of 42 months of development, it's an all-new B-segment SUV and yes, Cyril, it's named after the Italian town near Rome that's renowned as a style centre.

Already shown to the Korean media at special domestic-market preview, it will make its official world debut at the Geneva motor show in March, and will be released in South Africa during the second half of the year.

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SsangYong has a well-deserved reputation for off-the-wall styling, but the Tivoli is, if anything rather more restrained than earlier efforts from this maker - possibly be due to the Indian influence.

Clearly derived from the XIV-Air concept, it has a strong bumper under a rounded bonnet and understated grille, leading to a neat two-box profile with a wide C pillar to add some gravitas.

A strong rear panel line curving around the wheel-arch a la Bentley, and a chromed trim strip around the base of the glazed area, ensure that you will never mistake a Tivoli for anything else.

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The interior is intended to convey a sporty persona, with a leather-trimmed, heatable, flat-bottomed steering wheel and cylindrical instrument nacelles offering a choice of six backlighting colours.

The dual-zone auto aircon can be set to seven levels, in any of three different modes - and has a memory function so you don't have to go through all 21 permutations very time you change drivers.

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By connecting your smart phone with the HDMI cable provided, you can stream your calls, music and videos to the six-speaker audio system and 7” display screen, which is also linked to the front and rear parking sensors and rear-view parking camera.

The cabin trim is also available in a choice of three colours - black, beige and red - while the cargo bay can swallow up to 423 litres before you even fold the rear seats flat.


The Tivoli will be powered by a new 1.6-litre petrol four with an aluminium bedplate and variable-length intake tracts, rated for 93kW at 6000 revs and 157Nm at 4600rpm; a 1.6-litre diesel will also be available in some markets.

Drive to the front wheels will be via either manual or auto transmission, each with six ratios in hand; fuel consumption is quoted at 8.1 litres per 100km for the manual and 8.3 for the self-shifter.

It rolls on McPherson-strut front and torsion-beam rear suspension with rear-mounted springs; disc brakes all round and 16” or 18” alloys complete the running gear.

A standard-issue 'smart' electric power steering system offers three modes - Normal, Comfort and Sport, for easy steering around town, effortless parking, or stable high-speed cruising.

Safety kit includes an electronic stability program, tyre pressure monitoring, seven airbags (including a driver's knee bag) and two pre-tensioners on each seatbelt.

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