Previewed in January by the South Korea-spec model and a number of concepts prior to that, the SsangYong Tivoli finally arrived in production-ready format on the Old Continent as well. Although it wasn’t a huge hit with the Geneva crowd, the Tivoli is highly promising.
Some people may say that the subcompact crossover segment is so busy nowadays that the new kid from South Korea shouldn’t have happened in the first place, at least not with that undesirable badge. Well, sorry to burst the self-sufficiency bubble of those haters, but the Tivoli will be a huge hit in Europe.
Since it was launched in Korea in January, the lil’ bugger sold over 10,000 units even though South Korea isn’t too mad about B-segment crossover vehicles. Imagine how Europe will react when the Tivoli will hit dealerships, more so if you consider that it will be cheaper than competitors such as the Renault Captur, Nissan Juke and Opel Mokka.
First Euro-spec Tivoli vehicles will arrive this summer with a 122 horsepower 1.6-liter four-cylinder under the hood, mated to a standard four-wheel drive chassis. All-wheel drive, a 1.6-liter turbo diesel powerplant and a CVT transmission developed by Suzuki are slated to arrive on the Old Continent at a later date.
Moreover, who can say “No, thanks” to the extensive list of standard equipment, mini Range Rover exterior styling and the neat-looking interior design? Only the untrained eye can’t actually appreciate the 42 months of development and 280 million euros that were used for making the all-new Tivoli happen.
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