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Tivoli poised to take on the world

KOREAN brand SsangYong is launching a car it believes will herald a new beginning for the company worldwide.

The new Tivoli compact SUV hits the streets in May and has been unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show under the theme New Start with Tivoli.

SsangYong chief Yoo-il Lee said: "This is not just a new car, but a new beginning for SsangYong around the world.

"Tivoli is our first new car since we introduced the Korando crossover in 2010. After some 42 months of development and an investment of 280 million Euros, this is a landmark product, a major achievement and a significant day in the brand's history."

The new car takes its name from the Italian town near Rome with a reputation for style and comes with two new engines plus claims of class leading levels of safety, interior space, equipment and options.

It features newly developed 1.6 litre petrol or diesel engines and either two or four-wheel drive.

Safety sees the inclusion of seven airbags - front passenger, side and curtain airbags plus a driver's knee airbag - multi-function ESP, active rollover protection, brake assist, hill start assist, emergency stop signal, a tyre pressure monitoring system and a warning reminder on all five seat belt positions.

And with younger drivers in mind, there's the opportunity to change the background colour of the instrument cluster to any one of six colours.

Eight exterior colours can be teamed with either a beige or black interior, the choice of cloth or leather upholstery and an optional red interior.

Courtesy of its Smart Steer system, there's further choice with three different steering settings - normal, sport, and comfort - available.

Petrol powered Tivoli models go on sale from May, with the diesel and four-wheel drive derivatives to follow in July.

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