Mahindra-owned SsangYong has unveiled its all-new B-segment Tivoli crossover in Korea. This is the first all-new SsangYong product, ever since Mahindra took over the company. The Tivoli crossover would be launched internationally at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show in March and go on sale by mid 2015. It is also expected to make its way in India by the end of 2015 in both petrol as well as diesel guises.
This all new car takes its name from Tivoli, the Italian town near Rome with a reputation for style. Noted for its cultural heritage and beautiful location, the gardens at Villa d’Este have inspired many others to use the name, including the Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen. Tivoli compact SUV is the result of 42 months of development and an investment of 350 billion Korean won, and will compete strongly on design, safety and convenience. Underpinning the contemporary city architecture and X100 platform, it was seen in concept form at several auto shows. Inside the cabin, it has an ergonomically designed D-shaped sports steering wheel with premium leather covering and heating function.
There are three interior trim colours, black, beige and red, with the red interior package especially designed for customers looking for a sportier ambiance. Also, for the first time in this class, the cluster illumination can be personalised to any of six subtle background colours red: blue, sky-blue, yellow, white and black. The music lovers can connect their smart phone with the HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) cable, videos and music can be streamed to the 7 inch display screen, which is also linked with a rear view camera. The Smart Steer system offers three different steering modes - Normal, Comfort and Sport. As for safety, it has 7 airbags, ESP (Electronic Stability Program), LED daytime running lights, and a tyre pressure monitoring system.
Under the hood, Mahindra SsangYong Tivoli has 1.6L petrol as well as diesel engines. The newly developed e-XGi160 petrol engine delivers 124 bhp of maximum power with 157Nm of maximum torque. It is on offer with an AISIN 6-speed automatic transmission. The diesel model would be introduced in July and for the time being, only petrol variants would be sold. The Tivoli has been launched in a price range of $15,000-$21,500 (Around Rs. 9.32-13.05 Lakhs). Anand Mahindra, Chairman, Mahindra Group, present on the occasion, said, "We believe in the future of SsangYong, we are here for the long term, temporary obstacles will not affect our faith, we will do whatever it takes to fulfill SsangYong's goal. What we will try to do is achieve the goal sooner rather than later."