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SsangYong reveals baby crossover

After what has seemed like an endless supply of concept cars at international motor shows, SsangYong has finally taken the wraps off its new compact crossover vehicle. Named after an Italian town near Rome, the new Tivoli has been in development for the past three and a half years, and will arrive on UK shores this summer powered by a choice of l .6-litre petrol and diesel engines. Both manual and automatic variants will be on offer, and four-wheel-drive editions will l become available towards the end of the year. The Tivoli is the first product to be launched following the merger of Korean firm SsangYong and India-based Mahindra & Mahindra, and has cost more than £210 million to develop.

Designed to compete against other baby crossovers, like the Nissan Juke, Peugeot 2008 and Vauxhall Mokka, the Tivoli can accommodate up to 423 litres of luggage with the seats in the upright position. Seven airbags are on offer, and 40 per cent of the body is made from advanced high strength steel, so it should perform well in crash tests. Thanks to the fitment of electric power steering, adaptive steering is offered for the first time on a SsangYong. Called Smart Steer, it allows the driver to select a choice of three different steering set-ups - Normal, Comfort or Sport. Other innovations include instrument back lighting that can be configured to any of six different colours, and a heated steering wheel is a first in a SsangYong product.

When the Tivoli goes on sale in the summer, it is expected that it will be priced from around £14,000. This compares favourably with similarly sized products and fits with SsangYong's ethos of delivering good value for money. Final specifications and exact pricing have yet to be announced, but will be revealed on the run up to the car's official launch.

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