Mahindra’s Ssangyong Tivoli arrives into India; To take on Duster/Creta

Mahindra has the KUV100 to carve out a brand new segment, Micro SUVs, and the TUV300 to take on the Ford Ecosport and the upcoming Maruti YBA sub-4 meter SUV. For those who want 7 seaters, Mahindra has the Scorpio and the XUV500.  That leaves us with a compact SUV that needs to challenge the Creta and the Duster. Enter the Tivoli, by Ssangyong. Mahindra has just begun testing the monocoque Korean compact SUV on Indian roads. With that, an official India launch for the Tivoli seems to be on the cards. Also see – Mahindra imports Ssangyong Tivoli for testing

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The compact SUV uses 1.6 liter petrol (124 Bhp) and turbo diesel (113 Bhp) engines internationally, and these mFalcon engines are the sames ones that Mahindra’s co-developed with Ssangyong. The Tivoli measures over 4 meters (4.195 meters) in length, which means that Mahindra doesn’t need to downsize the 1.6 liter petrol and diesel engines. That said, Mahindra is putting together India-specific 1.5 liter petrol and turbo diesel engines. Meanwhile, the Tivoli sold internationally seats five, and the same layout could be retained for the Indian car market as well. Also see – Mahindra KUV100 Micro SUV.

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A front wheel drive layout, and six speed manual and automatic gearboxes are likely to be on offer. The automatic gearbox is Aisin-sourced and is already on offer in the XUV500. The international-spec Tivoli is sold with a four wheel drive option as well. Other dimensions of the SUV include the 2,600 mm wheelbase, 1,795 mm width, 1,590 mm in height and 1,300/1,390 Kg kerb weights (petrol/diesel). Internationally, ABS, Airbags and ESP is standard on the Tivoli. For India, at least ABS and Airbags are expected to be standard fare. Also see – Mahindra TUV300 Driven

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With the 2016 Auto Expo weeks away, the Tivoli is expected to be the big surprise that Mahindra could spring at its pavilion. The only other Ssangyong vehicle sold in India is the 7 seat, Rexton luxury SUV, which is a slow seller. The Tivoli could make the Ssangyong brand a household name for Mahindra, just how the Duster did for Renault. Expect the Tivoli to be launched in a year or two as Mahindra will require some time to localize enough parts of the compact SUV. Duster/Creta, you may soon have stiff competition from the SUV king of India.