The SsangYong Tivoli (named after a town near Rome) is to be the first new model to be launched following the merger of SsangYong and Mahindra & Mahindra.
After 42 months of development and 350-nil Korean Won, the Tivoli is presented while measuring 4,195mm-long, 1,795mm-wide and 1,590mm-tall.
A six-speed transmission can be had in either manual (1,270kg kerb weight) or an automatic (1,300kg kerb weight) and will be mated to the 1.6L (1,597cc) e-Xgi160 petrol (Euro 6) engine - producing 124bhp at 6,000rpm and 160Nm of torque at 4,600rpm.
In addition, SsangYong says its Tivoli’s powertrain has been put to the test by exposing it to negative 42-degrees Celsius winter conditions as well as over 50-degrees Celsius desert conditions and brake tests at altitudes of up to 4,000m-high.
For the first time in Korea, an aluminium bed plate with high press die-casting to the bottom section of the cylinder block to increase engine strength and durability has been applied.
The Tivoli seems to take on much of the Korando’s design properties – young, powerful and robust, which was inspired by contemporary city architecture, while the car’s lines reflects the fluidity found in nature.
The front features a slim-line grille through to the headlights, which the company links the inspiration to a bird’s wings in flight, while the front bumper possesses a dynamic air intake.
Finally, the Korean-made compact SUV is garnished with a chrome line that flows from around the rear door, across the front door and around the rear of the bonnet – while it rolls on 16 (205/60 tyres) or 18-inch (215/45 tyres) diamond cut alloy wheels.
Inside, SsangYong describes its cabin as stylish and contemporary with an ergonomically designed heated leather-wrapped D-shaped sports steering wheel for the driver’s comfort.
Helping in legibility are the two cylindrical-shaped instrument clusters enhance with the added function of changing its illumination to red, blue, sky-blue, yellow, white or black.
Three interior trim colours are being offered in black, beige or red (for a sportier ambiance.
The boot is able to accommodate up to 423 litres (enough for three full-sized golf bags, and the second row of seats can also be folded flat to expand the cargo space.
The Tivoli possesses the Smart Steer system, which offers three different steering modes - Normal, Comfort and Sport, along with an electronic power steering system to minimise power consumption.
Furthmore, the Tivoli rides on McPherson struts and springs for the front wheels, while the rear is equipped with torsion beam suspension with rear mounted springs
For safety, the Tivoli is built with 40% of its body using Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS).
To minimise collision impact, 10 major areas on the car are strengthened using the ‘hot press forming’ process, where the strength of the steel is increased to 1500Mpa compared to plain steel that’s rated at 590Mpa.
Additional active safety features include ESP (Electronic Stability Program), LED daytime running lights, and a tyre pressure monitoring system, seven airbags and two seat belts with a pre-tensioner system,
A High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) cable is required to be connected from your preferred device to 7-inch display screen (also linked with a rear view camera), and is able to playback multimedia files such as MP3, WAV, WMA, FLAC and APE, via its six-speaker system
For luxury amenities, the Tivoli is equipped with a dual zone climate control, which can be set to three different modes as well as a memory function.
There’s a smart key entry and locking facility, and a six-sensor (two front and four rear) park-assist system to aid safe and convenient parking.
Additional standard convenience features include a luggage screen, one-touch automatic windscreen wash/wipe, and automatic hazard warning light activation.
This is also includes a safety sunroof, cruise control, rain sensing wipers, automatic headlight activation, and ECM interior rear view mirror.
Styling details include items such as carbon-look exterior door mirrors, alloy pedals, and LED illuminated door kick-plates.
While the specifications and equipments mentioned are for the Korean market, the Tivoli's international launch has been earmarked for the upcoming Geneva Motor Show in March with sales beginning in the UK at the same time.