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Ssangyong Tivoli to battle the Nissan Juke

South Korean car manufacturer Ssangyong has announced a brand new model that aims to cash in on the thriving sports utility vehicle market.

The Tivoli B-segment crossover will go on sale first in Korea in January 2015 followed by the UK and globally as early as April 2015.

Official renderings of the Ssangyong Tivoli, which was known previously known by its ‘X100 codename’, show a rugged SUV design. The manufacturer describes it as having, ‘the look of a dynamic, urban SUV with a modern silhouette’.

The interior is meant to be a luxury, contemporary place, with the driver and passengers able to connect up a mobile device easily. Style, practicality and storage space are also promised ─ usual SUV stuff, then.

Power is said to come from either a 1.6-litre petrol or 1.6-litre diesel, of which details are thin on the ground. A 2.0-litre diesel is also expected, as is the option of all-wheel drive and either a six-speed automatic or manual gearbox.

The Tivoli gets its name from an Italian town near Rome ─which is home to the famous gardens at Villa d’Este ─ and not the Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, in case you were wondering.

The Tivoli, which has been in development for the last three years, will go up against the Nissan Juke. Ssangyong’s last car was the Korando.

Reports suggest Ssangyong could be considering a brand name change to improve its image globally.

Ssangyong Tivoli pictures

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