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Ssangyong Tivoli Photo: Supplied
Ssangyong Musso Photo: Supplied
 
 
David McCowen | Jul, 04 2018 | 0 Comments

Ssangyong has locked in plans for a return to Australia in late 2018.

The South Korean brand will capitalise on growing sectors of the new car market with a fresh Musso ute as well as a trio of SUVs. 

The most affordable model in the line-up will be the new Tivoli compact SUV, which is offered in the UK with a choice of 94kW/160Nm petrol or 85kW/300Nm diesel powerplants. Ssangyong’s baby SUV undercuts the cheapest VW Polo in the UK by more than $1000, suggesting we might see it on Australian roads for around $17,000 drive-away. 

A longer Tivoli XLV (pictured) with a much larger boot will sit alongside the standard car. 

Stepping up a size, a reborn Rexton family SUV features a 2.2-litre four-cylinder diesel engine with a choice of six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic transmissions, sending 133kW and 420Nm of pulling power to all four wheels.

Capable of towing up to 3.5 tonnes, the Rexton could prove to be an affordable alternative to large four-wheel drives.

Towing is core to the Musso ute’s appeal, thanks to a similar 2.2-litre turbo-diesel engine with 133kW, 400Nm, and switchable four-wheel drive directed through six-speed manual or automatic transmissions.

The quartet of new models at launch will be joined in 2019 by a new Korando mid-sized SUV promising modern features in a value-driven package.

Full prices and specifications for the Ssangyong showroom will be confirmed closer to the machines’ on-sale date in the fourth quarter of 2018. Likewise, details surrounding the brand’s dealer network and price points will be locked in at a later date.

 
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