Alongside the new hybrid-powered SIV-2 SUV, SsangYong has pulled the wraps off its Tivoli XLV, an extended version of the recently launched Tivoli crossover. The XLV gets 238mm of extra bodywork out the back to give it a chunky 720-litre boot.
The Tivoli XLV is essentially unchanged from the XLV Air concept we saw at the Frankfurt Motor Show last year. The company says "extremely favourable feedback" from the concept spurred a decision to put it into production alongside the standard Tivoli crossover.
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The 2,600mm wheelbase of the standard car is retained, and it looks identical from the C-pillar forward, but that longer rear end gives it 130 litres more load capacity than a Honda CR-V. It’s easily the biggest boot in this sector, designed to provide “a multi-role, multi-function solution to a wide range of customers”.
Unfortunately, and despite earlier rumours, there is no confirmation of a seven-seat version on the way to become a bargain-priced alternative to a Land Rover Discovery Sport. The dash and general front cabin area are virtually unchanged from the standard Tivoli.
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It’s also powered by the same 1.6-litre petrol and diesel engines as the regular car, with unchanged power outputs. The petrol version emits 159g/km of CO2 in the XLV (10g/km more than in the standard Tivoli), while the diesel emits 5g/km more at 117g/km. That’s in front-wheel-drive manual form; specifying four-wheel drive or the six-speed automatic gearbox will see that figure worsen considerably, as it does in the regular model.
The Tivoli XLV chassis is unchanged from the standard car, but the price will change. While no official pricing details have been released yet, expect the longer XLV to carry a premium of around £1,000. We’ll get specs and prices closer to the car’s showroom debut in May.
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