Tuesday, February 17, 2015


Ssang Yong Tivoli
The SsangYong Tivoli is a new compact SUV which tries to be an entry-level vehicle that sports all the features of a mainstream crossover, but at a more affordable price. Named after the stylish town near Rome, the Tivoli was seen in concept form at four recent international motor shows, and was officially unveiled in Seoul last month.

The appearance of the SsangYong Tivoli seems to have the right combination of flair, equipment and affordability. But it takes a closer look to determine just how well this machine stacks up in a market flooded with competitors.The Tivoli takes styling cues from the third-generation Korando, one of the marque’s many SUV offerings. The front end is nicely sculpted, with an angular front bumper that recedes back to a slim grille connecting the two headlights. These incorporate LED daytime running lights in the upper portion of the headlight housings. 

A line of chrome trim advances from the rear door across the front door and underneath the windshield, adding a dash of high-end panache. Faux carbon-fiber door mirrors are also evident. The standard wheels are 16-inch, but options include 18-inch alloys and 18-inch diamond-cut wheels. 

SsangYong states that the Tivoli has achieved the highest rating possible for AE-MDB side-impact collision tests.Connectivity and technological integration are a main focus for the cabin area. With that in mind, the Tivoli’s infotainment was designed to easily interface with smartphones through a standard HDMI connecting cable. Through this system, music is streamed to a premium six-speaker sound system capable of playing numerous file types, including MP3, WAV, WMA, FLAC and APE. You can also play videos on a 7-inch color display screen, which integrates with the back-up camera.

The ergonomic steering wheel has a flat bottom and comes covered in leather, and it’s heated! The instrument cluster is recessed into cylindrical pods, with the hue customizable between six different background colors: red , blue, black, and white,sky-blue and even yellow.

There are also three interior trim colors to choose from: black, beige, and red. SsangYong says the red trim was specifically designed to offer a “sportier ambiance.” This idea is continued with the seats, intended to create a sports-car look and feel, with subtle lateral bolsters and high-quality stitching. These feature full adjustability and recline functions.

Dual-zone climate control includes air conditioning and seven different temperature settings, plus three different modes and a memory function. There’s smart-key entry and locking, and a parking assist system with six sensors, including two in the front and four in the rear.There’s also a tire-pressure monitoring system.

Standard features include a luggage screen, one-touch automatic wiper function, and automatic hazard light activation. rain-sensing windshield wipers, automatic headlight activation, and an electrochromatic rear-view mirror. Topping it off are alloy pedals, and LED illuminated doorsills.

To help reduce NVH, a double-skin insulated bulkhead sits between the engine bay and the cabin, soaking up any unwanted engine noise. A total of 423 cubic liters of luggage space, makes for easy hauling. need more room adjust interior, the second row seats fold flat. 

Of course, SsangYong is quick to point out further safety features. Seven airbags are in place, while the seat belts feature dual pre-tensioners for even greater protection.Under the hood of the Tivoli, SsangYong is offering either a gas or diesel powerplant, both with four cylinders and 1.6 liters of displacement. The gasoline option, called the e-XGi160, is a new development for the Korean carmaker. Output is 124 horsepower and 116 pound-feet of torque. 

NVH levels are kept at a minimum with features like an advanced timing chain, while the variable induction system helps maintain a balance between fuel economy and performance. An aluminum bedplate and high press die-casting on the bottom of the cylinder block increase strength and durability.

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