14 January 2015

SsangYong Tivoli here May/June

SsangYong's new B-segment crossover car, Tivoli, has been launched in Korea this week prior to its arrival here in Ireland in May or June of this year, writes Trish Whelan.

This is the first new model to be launched following the merger of SsangYong and Mahindra & Mahindra and is the result of 42 months of development and an investment of 350 billion Korean won. Aimed at those seeking their first SUV, it will compete strongly on design, safety and convenience.

While the Irish model specification has yet to be announced, standard safety features on the Korean specification include seven airbags, and an advanced seat belt system with dual pre-tensioners, while 40 percent of the car's body construction uses Advanced High Strength Steel. ESP is also featured along with LED daytime running lights, a tyre pressure monitoring system and a park assist system. Cruise control, auto wipers and headlights are also featured.

The interior is designed to offer driver and passengers easy connectivity to their IT devices. SsangYong say it also brings style, practicality and plenty of storage space. Luggage space is up to 423 litres, enough to carry three full size golf club bags; the second row of seats can be folded fully flat for further carrying capacity.

Power is from a newly developed e-XGi160 petrol engine delivering up to 126hp. A 6-speed automatic transmission is also available. Three steering modes are Normal, Comfort and Sport.

Three interior trim colours are black, beige and red.

The car takes its name from Tivoli, the Italian town near Rome with a reputation for style. It is inspired by contemporary city architecture, while reflecting the fluidity found in nature.

SsangYong Tivoli