SsangYong’s all-new Tivoli compact SUV has made its debut in Korea this week, ahead of an Australian launch set to occur later this year.
Previewed extensively over the past two years through a number of evolving concepts, the Tivoli was finally named and teased in sketches late in 2014.
With a new look and a new architecture - one that will likely underpin other models in the future - SsangYong will be looking to the Tivoli to play a major role in revitalising its image in the global market.
Importantly, the Tivoli rides on a brand-new platform, SsangYong’s first since Indian giant Mahindra bought a controlling stake in the brand back in 2011.
Speaking in Korea this week, SsangYong boss Pawan Kumar said the Tivoli is the result of a AU$395m investment and 42 months of development.
As with its concept forebears, the Tivoli measures 4.2 metres long overall, making it around 5cm longer than the Nissan Juke.
There’s seating for five inside, and SsangYong lists seats-up storage capacity at 432 litres.
Power in the Tivoli will launch overseas with a 92kW/157Nm 1.6 litre petrol engine, which will be followed by a 1.6 diesel sometime later.
A six-speed manual transmission will be standard, while an Aisin six-speed auto will be offered as an option.
Likewise, front-wheel-drive will be the standard layout, with all-wheel-drive available. Suspension is by MacPherson struts up front and a torsion beam setup at the rear.
As a compact SUV, the Tivoli will likely be positioned as an affordable and feature-packed alternative to models like the Nissan Juke, the Peugeot 2008, the Holden Trax and Ford EcoSport, along with the incoming Renault Captur and Mazda CX-3.
Speaking with TMR, local distributor Ateco Automotive's Asian brands spokesman Daniel Cotterill confirmed that an Australian debut is expected late in the third or early in the fourth quarter of 2015.
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