SsangYong unveils new Tivoli compact crossover SUV

Could the new 2015 Ssangyong Tivoli crossover be the car to catapult the Korean firm from sensible, budget-focused off-roaders into the mainstream?

Revealed at a launch event in Korea, the Tivoli is a small SUV set to the rival the likes of the popular Nissan Juke and Renault Captur.

Sitting on an all-new platform, the Tivoli is the first completely new model from Ssangyong since 70% of the Korean car manufacturer was taken over by Indian conglomerate Mahindra in February 2011.

The Tivoli is the result of 42 months of development, says the company, and investment of over £200 million.

When it goes on sale in the UK this summer, the Tivoli will only be available in front-wheel drive spec with a 1.6-litre petrol engine. A 1.6-litre turbodiesel will follow later in 2015, as will four-wheel drive.

The petrol unit will produce 126hp, and will come as standard with a six-speed manual gearbox. A six-speed auto ‘box will be available as an optional extra.

Standard specification on UK models is yet to be confirmed. However, possible features include dual-zone climate control, cruise control, rain-sensing wipers and automatic headlights.

You may also be able to stream videos and music from your phone to the Tivoli’s 7.0-inch infotainment system using an HDMI cable.

Prices are yet to be confirmed, but it’s expected to start at less than £13,000 for a front-wheel drive petrol manual model – making it the cheapest Ssangyong in the range by a considerable margin – rising to over £20,000 for a highly-specced four-wheel drive diesel automatic.

SsangYong unveils new Tivoli compact crossover SUV