SsangYong Motors, the Mahindra-owned Korean automaker, extended the Tivoli lineup by introducing the XLV variant at the recently conluded 2016 Geneva Motor Show. Now, speculations are rife that the company is contemplating a convertible variant as well, and it well might become a potential threat to Range Rover Evoque Convertible, if green signalled for production. Just so you know, SsangYong Tivoli made its India debut at the 2016 Auto Expo and is expected to be launched this year in the country.
SsangYong Tivoli XLV, though originally a 5-seater as the standard SUV, was bigger in length and had an extended boot. Now, it is being learnt that the company is pretty keen on adding a third member to the lineup as several fullsize clay models of the covertible model has already been in building process. Apparently, the Tivoli Convertible would feature an electrically retractable fabric roof. The possibilities of a hard top seems to be bleak as it would make the SUV heavier in weight. It is also expected that the convertible derivative might also not get the rear doors, while being based on the standard Tivoli with a smaller boot so that soft top can be stored while not in use.
Needless to say, SsangYong Tivoli Convertible would be heavier than the standard variant and it would also affect its fuel economy. Both the 1.6L turbocharged petrol and diesel engines would be at the helm of affairs. For those asking, the 1.6L e-XGi160 petrol engine develops 126bhp of top power, while the 1.6L e-XDi160 diesel mill churns out 113bhp. The duo of 6-speed manual and 6-speed Aisin automatic transmission could be offered with these engines. However, the AWD (4X4) system might not make its way in the Tivoli convertible. Its too early to comment on the pricing, but expect the Tivoli Convertible to be way cheaper than the Range Rover Evoque Convertible, but expensive than the standard variants.
Source: Auto Express