JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng - SsangYong’s contender in the growing B-segment crossover market will be called Tivoli after the city near Rome renowned for style - and a public garden in Paris.
COMING FROM SSANGYONG: This is the new SsangYong Tivoli, photographed on the roof of the Louvre in Paris. It's a smallish crossover due in SA sometime in 2015. Image: SsangYoung image taken on roof of the Louvre in Paris. Les.
The announcement was made by the CEO of the SsangYong Motor Company, Yoo Il Lee.
The Tivoli will be launched in Korea in January 2015 then rolled out to global export markets,
South Africa among them, later in the year.
The Tivoli, the automaker says, has been under development for three years and is derived from the concept X100 displayed at several auto shows. It will be the smallest and least expensive vehicle from the Korean company now owned by Mahindra, part of the Mumbai-based international conglomerate Mahindra & Mahindra.
The small crossover was showcased in near-production form at the Paris auto show in September as the XIV-Air and XIV-Adventure.
Now exterior and interior images of the production version have been released showing, the automaker says, dynamic styling with a modern silhouette. "The interior is stylish and ontemporary look and offers the driver and passengers easy connectivity to their IT devices. It is also practical with lots of storage space."
The Tivoli is expected to be powered by 1.6-litre petrol and diesel engines.
Ashok Thakur, CEO of Mahindra SA, told Wheels24: “Mahindra SA and its dealers are looking forward to the arrival of the Tivoli in 201t. It will immediately launch us into a major growth sector of the local market with a well-equipped and modern vehicle that will be priced competitively."