2016 Delhi Auto Expo : Ssangyong Tivoli Makes India Debut
SsangYong Tivoli was launched for the Korean market last January and now the compact SUV has made its Indian debut at the Auto Expo 2016. Taking design inspirations from the sporty SsangYong XIV-Air and off-roading XIV-Adventure concepts showcased at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, the 4.2 metre long Tivoli has a wheelbase of 2,600 mm and width of 1795 mm with nearly three-quarters of the body-shell is made of high strength steel.
It could be offered as an urban SUV as Mahindra Scorpio has been a favourite Utility Vehicle for semi-urban and rural Indian buyers. It rivals Renault Duster internationally and that stiff competition could be replicated here in our domestic market with the successfully running Hyundai Creta and Nissan Terrano giving it a tough time.
The SsangYong Tivoli provides generous cabin space and has a sportier steering wheel. In the overseas arenas, the South Korean vehicle comes equipped with a 1.6-litre naturally aspirated petrol motor besides a choice of a 1.6 liter e-XDi 160 diesel engine. The petrol mill generates a maximum power output of 126 bhp and 160 Nm of peak torque whilst the diesel motor makes out 113 bhp power and 300 Nm of peak torque.
The two gearbox options include a six-speed manual and a six-speed Aisin automatic with both front wheel and four wheel drive systems on offer.
Mahindra could assemble the Tivoli just as it has been doing for the Rexon to keep the costs down and an uprated newly launched 1.5-litre mHawk80 diesel engine developing 84 bhp at 3750 and 230 Nm at 1500 rpm found under the engine bay of the TUV300 could make its way into the Tivoli.
The possibilities of the 1.99-litre Delhi-exclusive mHawk diesel introduced in Scorpio with 120 PS and XUV 500 with 140 PS replacing the banned 2.2-litre motor cannot be ruled out of the equation either.