The Tivoli G1.2T’s turbocharged three-cylinder motor joins the existing range of larger turbocharged four-cylinder engines, comprising a 1.5-litre petrol and 1.6-litre diesel, and arrives as part of the brand’s drive to ‘fit European market trends’.
With a peak power output of 126bhp and 170lb ft of torque between 1750rpm and 3500rpm, the new motor pushes the value-oriented Hyundai Kona rival from 0-62mph in 10.6sec, is capable of 42mpg and emits 153g/km of CO2 on the WLTP combined cycle.
The new motor is available exclusively with a six-speed manual gearbox and can be paired with two entry-level trim packages. The Tivoli range opens up with EX trim at £13,995, which features cruise control, electric windows, DAB radio, steel wheels and a suite of electronic driver aids as standard.
Ventura trim is priced from £16,995, and adds features including 16in alloys, leather interior elements, a 7in touchscreen with reversing camera, smartphone connectivity, a heated steering wheel, LED foglights and keyless start functionality.
The larger 1.5-litre engine is available with Ultimate trim from £19,995, while the top-rung diesel motor bumps the price up to £21,495. This trim level features a new 10.25in LCD instrument cluster and can be specified with an automatic gearbox.
Elsewhere, the Tivoli’s front end has been redesigned to incorporate slimmer headlight designs, a reshaped lower splitter and grille, and new air intakes. Changes at the rear are limited to the addition of a larger lower bumper and redesigned numberplate recess.
Ssangyong plans to roll out the 1.2-litre unit and the turbocharged 1.5-litre motor to its other B- and C-segment models, and is plotting the introduction of dual-clutch transmissions and mild-hybrid technology for improved emissions across the range.