Ssangyong, the South Korean-based auto manufacturer owned by the domestic utility maker, Mahindra & Mahindra has now started the testing of its next-generation Tivoli in India. At first, the Ssangyong Tivoli model has been spotted with the different mask at the nearest region of Bangalore across India. It is to be entered in the compact SUV segment with an urban dynamic handling to attract the desirable younger buyers. The Tivoli is likely to be officially showcased by the company to the domestic customers at the upcoming biggest motor show in India, 2016 Auto Expo. It may enter the Indian market shortly after its first exhibit in front of the domestic auto industry with a distinct styling and best-in-class safety features.
In the European market, the Ssangyong Tivoli is under sale and offered with the two fuel-kinds of engines, 1.6-litre petrol and 1.6-litre diesel, and both manual and automatic gearboxes. The Euro-specific diesel, employed with the either 6-speed Aisin automatic transmission or manual gearbox, produces 115PS of power and 300Nm of torque at 1500 to 2500rpm range. The Euro-specific Tivoli petrol is developing the power of 128PS and the torque of 160Nm. For the Europe, the petrol versions get only one choice of 4x2 whereas the diesel versions are offered as 4x2 and 4x4 options.
For the domestic market, the Ssangyong Tivoli is likely to be powered by the e-XDi 160 diesel engine with two transmission options but, a rumor is the compact SUV will come with the same mechanical specifications employed in the current Euro-specific Tivoli to hit the Indian market.
The existing Tivoli in the Indian market offered by the dual tone styling pack and the front has an aggressive and strong look with the dynamic air intake, radiator grille finished with piano-black and LED DRL & HID headlights. The compact deluxe interior with more living space, 7-inches multimedia audio system, supervision cluster and the sporty steering wheel received by the existed Tivoli. Along with these, the Tivoli will bring more advanced and technology based features for contemporary and stylish look.
The Tivoli will be designed and developed to rival the existing compact SUVs and crossovers like Renault Duster and Hyundai Creta. The expected launch date of the Tivoli is yet to know while Ssangyong showcases its upcoming Indian-specific Tivoli at the Auto Expo 2016, which is to be started on the first week of February.