With the growing demand for compact SUVs in the country, leading utility vehicle manufacturer Mahindra is all set to release a number of SUVs to tap the opportunity. After launching the TUV300 recently, it will now introduce another compact SUV codenamed S101 in the coming months.
Mahindra is also considering bringing the Tivoli SUV from its Korean subsidiary, SsanYong, reports Oncars. The SsangYong Tivoli has been developed as its first compact global SUV under the Mahindra & Mahindra ownership.
As a global product, the Tivoli features a different style compared to the current generation of SsangYong vehicles, with a more evolved design and detailing. The compact SUV measures 4,195mm in length, 1,795mm in width and 1,590mm in height, with the wheelbase of 2600mm.
Inside, the design of the dash is classy and upmarket and a flat-bottom steering adds a sporty touch. With a more functional dash compared to the current crop, it will include a central touchscreen, Bluetooth audio, a rear-view camera and dual-zone climate control.
On the safety front, the Tivoli comes with seven airbags including a driver's knee airbag, curtain airbag, and side airbags. Despite being a compact SUV, SsangYong offers a very competitive luggage space of 423 litres.
The Tivoli is powered by 1.6-litre petrol and diesel engine. The four-cylinder petrol unit develops 126bhp at 6000rpm and 160Nm of torque. The Diesel unit develops 113bhp at 3400-4000rpm and 300Nm at 1500-2500rpm. Both the engines are mated to six-speed manual and Aisin six-speed automatic transmission. In India, Mahindra is likely to use the 1.5-litre, 3-cylinder, mHawk80 diesel debuted with the TUV300. The Tivoli also comes with 4x2 and 4x4 avatars.
As far as the name Tivoli goes, it is an ancient Italian town in Lazio. Mahindra has named it because in reverse it reads as 'I love it'. The SsangYong Tivoli will go up against the Ford EcoSport and Hyundai Creta and the launch is expected in mid-2016.