SsangYong Gets Stylish with New Tivoli Crossover
6 March 2015 - Autoblog
In the past, you might have only known SsangYong as the company responsible for The Ugliest Cars In The World, but recently, the Korean automaker has been trying a little harder to be more modern and, well, competitive.
The company's latest offering is this, the Tivoli crossover, making its debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.
It's not really what we'd call pretty, but it's certainly not bad. It kind of looks like the weird, three-way lovechild of a Chevy Trax, Mitsubishi Outlander, and Kia Soul. It's a B-segment crossover, available with front- or all-wheel drive, riding on 16- or 18-inch wheels. We particularly like the black-and-red scheme of the showcar pictured here, on its larger rollers.
Two engines are available: a 1.6-liter gas powerplant with 126 horsepower, or an oil-burning, 1.6-liter diesel mill with 110 hp. Six-speed manual and automatic transmissions are available with either setup. SsangYong has even incorporated a "Smart Steer" system with adjustable driving modes – Normal, Comfort and Sport.
Inside, buyers can choose between cloth or leather upholstery, and as you can see in SsangYong's exhaustive press release below, the Tivoli is packed with all of the necessary technology and creature comforts to make it competitive in this important segment.