Mahindra Group owned SsangYong Motor Company (SYMC), today announced the launch of its Tivoli compact SUV in Seoul, South Korea. Developed over a period of four years and at an investment of 350 billion KRW, the Tivoli is powered by a 1.6 liter petrol engine. The company plans to sell up to 100,000 units of the new model annually of which 40,000 units are planned for the Korea market while the rest would be exported.
Commenting on this new model, Anand Mahindra, Chairman, Mahindra Group, said, “The Tivoli marks a significant new milestone in the growing partnership between Mahindra and SsangYong. This new SUV epitomizes the spirit of ‘Korea Can Do’ and reflects Ssangyong’s rich legacy of innovation in product development. We are confident that the Tivoli is poised to drive SsangYong’s growth in the future”.
Speaking at the launch, Dr. Pawan Goenka, Executive Director, M&M Ltd, said, “The launch of Tivoli marks a significant milestone as this is the first all new product post SsangYong’s association with Mahindra. It is a proud moment in our journey together which has been one of mutual admiration, respect and learning. I am sure that with the launch of Tivoli, SsangYong will straddle the entire product spectrum in the SUV segment with diverse offerings at distinctive price points and value”.
The Tivoli is priced at Korean Won: 16.3 million (approximately Rs. 9.31 lacs) for the TX (M/T) version; 17.9 million (approximately Rs. 10.22 lac) for the TX (A/T) version; 19.9 million (approximately Rs. 11.36 lacs) for the VX version and 22.2~23.7 million (approximately Rs. 12.68 lacs – Rs. 13.53 lacs) for the LX version. Expect Mahindra to get it to India by the middle of this year at competitive prices.
When it comes to styling, the Tivoli is a starter of “Nature-born 3Motion”, SsangYong’s new design philosophy, which expresses modern and urban images through “Urban Dynamic Style” based on the motive of “Rhythmical Motion”. At the front, there’s the reversed-trapezoid bumper, which underscores the air intake, while a slim grille bearing the SsangYong logo bridges the pleasing, wraparound head lamps.
The rear, according to the manufacturer, resembles muscular shoulders, which symbolizes confident youth and rhythmical features through style lines. The clear-type, rear combination lamps round things off.
SsangYong provides dual-tone body and roof options in Tivoli by applying colours (black, white, silver, red) that are different from the body to the roof, wing mirrors, and rear spoiler.
The interior design of the Tivoli pursues “Compact Deluxe Style” and aims to recreate the feel of a modern, luxury lounge. It also uses the theme of “Moving IT Space” through bar-type switches and expanded use of touch screen controllers, which analyze user behavior. With an overall width of 1.795mm and 423 liters of storage space, the Tivoli is the only car in its segment that can carry up to three golf bags.
Moreover, the full-flat folding second-row seats provide enough storage for multiple-use, maximizing the original features of SUVs. The interior comes in three colors: black, beige, and red. The semi-bucket seats, which are ergonomically designed, are trimmed in the quilt stitch design.
Behind the sports car inspired D-cut steering wheel sits a cylinder-type six-color instrument cluster with a 3.5 inch display, which projects various information, is intuitive to use.
The Tivoli’s powertrain combines the e-XGi 160, a new petrol engine developed over a period of three years, delivering 126PS of maximum power and a maximum torque of 16.0kgm, along with Aisin’s 2nd-generation A/T, which is widely used by global automakers. Combined fuel economy is 12.0km/ℓ for the A/T version and 12.3 km/ℓ for the M/T variant.
Every trim level of the Tivoli crossover includes Smart Steer, which controls steering effort in three modes (Normal, Comfort, and Sport.) depending on the driver’s tastes. Also, the NVH performance is much improved by applying dual-structure dash panels to the engine bay, resulting in minimized engine noise, thereby effectively blocking noise from intruding into the cabin.
For a highly rigid body, SsangYong Tivoli uses high-strength steel (HSS) for 71.4% of its body, and ultrahigh-strength steel (UHSS) for the remainder, which makes it unique in its segment
To improve the safety of passengers, 10 major areas use ultra-high-strength materials, manufactured by the hot press forming process. The materials are two times stronger (1500Mpa) than the usual UHSS (600Mpa), therefore minimizing the possibility of deformation of the car body in a crash. Moreover, various state-of-the-art safety technologies along with seven airbags which also protect passenger’s knees guarantee top-class safety performance.
Apart from disc brakes on all four corners, multiple safety features are used such as multi-functional ESP (Electronic Stability Program), TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System), and LED daytime running lamps. Tivoli’s excellent safety is proven by its near-perfect ratings in the AE-MDB (Advanced European Mobile Deformable Barrier) test.
The HDMI connection allows passengers to enjoy clear images and sound from smart devices, on the seven-inch display screen which is connected to the rear camera.
The Tivoli also offers a fully-automatic dual air-conditioning system with a memory function which remembers the preferred air volume, air direction, and temperature in three modes.
Some first time features in the segment include the ventilated driver’s seat, heated steering wheel and heated second-row seats. Parking hassles are reduced by the obstacle detection system with six sensors (two in front / two at the rear). Finally, there are luggage screen, automatic washer switch and automatic hazard lights.
To celebrate the launch of Tivoli, SsangYong Motor Company has offered a News Year Trial Ride to its customers. In particular, SsangYong offers premium services to customers who join “Smart Membership”; Total Care (five inspections for five years); First Oil Support (engine oil change, one time within three years); Loyalty Program (invitation to events such as new model launches).
For customers who purchase “Smartcare Warranty Extension” the warranty period will be extended from 3 years/ 60,000km to 5 years/ 100,000km (body & general parts); and an engine oil change set (engine oil, oil filter, air cleaner/once) will be provided.
More information about Tivoli’s launch events are provided on SsangYong website (www.smotor.com), official Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ssangyongstory), and microsite (www.gotivoli.com).
|Transmission||6-speed automatic transmission||6-speed manual transmission|
|Brakes(front/rear)||V-Disc / Disc||←|
|Suspension(front/rear)||MacPherson strut/ Torsion Beam||←|
|Fuel Consumption(km/ℓ)||Combined 12.0(City 10.7 / Highway 14.0)||Combined 12.3(City 11.3 / Highway 13.8)|