New Ssangyong Tivolo coming May 2015

New Ssangyong Tivolo coming May 2015

A new crossover called the SsangYong Tivoli is on the way, expected to rival the Nissan Juke at about £12,000

Meet the car that aims to grapple with the mighty Nissan Juke – the SsangYong Tivoli. While the car doesn’t get its official unveiling until next month, the firm’s UK CEO today tweeted a picture of a production-ready car.

Until now, the Korean car company had only realeased teaser images of the newcomer while the XIV-Air and XIV-Adventure concepts unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in October also gave us an idea about what the car might look like. Now Auto Express has been told the car pictured is the Tivoli we can expect to see next year.

Apart from a different badge and perhaps a few minor trim differences, this is SsangYong’s Nissan Juke, Renault Captur and Jeep Renegade rival.

The tiny Tivoli features far more modern exterior styling than we've seen before from SsangYong, and gives us a first look at the brand's new global design language.

Inside there’s a smarter dash with a central touchscreen and equipment is likely to include Bluetooth audio, a rear-view camera and dual-zone climate control. There will also be seven airbags and other clever safety kit is expected.

Engines at launch will be limited to two 1.6-litre engines, in either petrol or diesel form. They will both be offered with a choice of two or four-wheel drive, with a six-speed manual or automatic gearbox. Power outputs are yet to be confirmed, but the two-wheel drive diesel will emit around 120g/km of CO2.

SsangYong confirmed to us in March it may be planning a name change to improve its global image, but the new car will definitely wear the SsangYong badge.

It is understood a name change may hinge on whether the brand enters the US market – a move that parent company Mahindra is considering.

Prices are unconfirmed, but insiders suggest the Tivoli could have a starting price tag of just under £12,000 when it reaches our shores.

The new model is expected to help double SsangYong sales in the UK. Increased production of the Korando will also help, while the dealer network is likely to grow to around 75 too.

In the car’s home market, the Tivoli will be aimed at fashionable 20- to 30-year olds in an attempt to make the company appear more youthful. Expect to see a similar marketing direction from the company in the UK, too.

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