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The Ssangyong Tivoli, previewed as the Ssangyong X100 back in the middle of last year, has made its debut on home turf. It is the first model to be conceived following Mahindra & Mahindra‘s acquisition of the Korean automaker. The Tivoli is expected to make its European debut at the 2015 Geneva motor show in March.

From a stylistic point of view, the Ssangyong Tivoli is the first model to benefit from the firm’s new ‘Nature Born – 3 Motion’ design language. The front of the car is characterised by its slim-line grille, flanked by upswept headlights replete with LED daytime running lights.

In profile, the Tivoli cuts a distinct silhouette with strong shoulder lines and a range of 16- or 18-inch ally wheels – the latter size available with a diamond cut finish. The rather thick C-pillars are supposedly “another design cue endorsing SsangYong’s reputation for strong, powerful SUVs.” A case of form over function?

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Moving on to the rear, the tail lamps feature a clear housing with an inverted ‘L’ motif. A centrally-mounted rear fog lamp and a contoured rear bumper further add to the muscular outlook, especially when viewed from the rear three-quarter angle.

A sole petrol 1.6 litre e-XGi160 four-cylinder engine producing 126 hp/157 Nm of torque is offered, coupled to either a six-speed manual gearbox as standard or an Aisin six-speed automatic which sends power to the front wheels. A diesel engine and an all-wheel drive system is expected to debut in Europe.

On the inside, three interior colour schemes are offered – black, beige and red. A seven-inch infotainment system boasts smartphone compatibility, a reverse camera as well as MP3, WAV, WMA, FLAC and APE connectivity. As standard, the Smart Steer system offers three driving modes – Normal, Comfort and Sport.

A smart key entry and locking system, front and rear parking sensors and dual-zone air-conditioning feature as standard. Safety kit includes ESP, seven airbags, seat belts with dual pre-tensioners and a tyre pressure monitoring system.