The new SsangYong Tivoli has just hit Irish roads and what a good looking little SUV it is. With its dynamic urban design, Tivoli is an all-new B-segment SUV using a monocoque construction, and based on SsangYong’s development philosophy of Robust, Specialty and Premium. It features an all new platform, new body and two new engines, and competes in the global compact SUV market with its European styling, class leading levels of safety, interior space, equipment and options. The growing trend to downsize to smaller vehicles especially in Europe where value for money is increasingly sought, is the result of continuing economic pressure and enforced regulation around the world. This has led to the compact SUV segment accounting for 20% of the total SUV market in 2014, and is expected to continue to grow. Ssangyong noticed the demand for eco-friendly and more fuel-efficient cars, and to meet this, Tivoli offers highly competitive fuel economy and CO2 emission levels. SsangYong will therefore be able to compete with the major automotive manufacturers and increase its market share.
Drawing on the company’s considerable expertise in designing and manufacturing diesel engines, the new 1.6 litre e-XDi160 diesel unit offers strong performance, and is also environmentally clean and quiet. There is also a newly developed 1.6 litre e-XGI160 petrol engine designed for fuel efficiency, and both engines can be combined with the choice of manual or automatic transmission, and either a 2-wheel or 4-wheel drive system. Passenger safety has been a top priority for Ssangyong, and Tivoli offers best in class standards by including seven airbags – front passenger, side and curtain airbags plus a driver’s knee airbag. There is also multi-function ESP (Electronic Stability Program), Active Rollover Protection, Brake Assist, Hill Start Assist and ESS (Emergency Stop Signal), a tyre pressure monitoring system and a warning reminder on all five seat belt positions. For those customers needing practicality, Tivoli provides one of the largest cabins and boot volumes in its class, while also offering a generous number of storage spaces. Particularly for the younger driver, there’s the opportunity for individualisation with the ability to change the background colour of the instrument cluster to any of six colours.
There are eight attractive exterior colours which can be teamed with either a beige or black interior, the choice of cloth, TPU/cloth or leather upholstery, and also an exciting red interior colourway which is also available as a special option. Thanks to its Smart Steer system, there’s further choice with three different steering settings – normal, sport, and comfort – available. Tivoli went on sale in Korea in January, and achieved 7,000 orders within three weeks of being released. Following its international launch at the Geneva Motor Show in March, the petrol powered Tivoli is on sale in Ireland from June, and the diesel derivatives from July. For more information please click this link.