Ssangyong Tivoli-based concepts for Frankfurt

Ssangyong took a while to launch its small crossover and now it wants to take over the entire segment. Possibly.

The Ssangyong Tivoli – soon to hit the UK’s streets – is quite good, considering its positioning at the budget end of the small crossover market. Certainly it’s a big step forward for the Korean manufacturer, which plans to extend the range with a production version of at least one of the concept cars it’s taking to the Frankfurt Motor Show.

The XLV-Air will become a “long-bodied” version of the Tivoli, due to be launched in 2016. According to Ssangyong the car offers more luggage space and it is anticipated to offer at least the option of seven seats, making it the only seven-seater in the segment. The only firm details Ssangyong has released about the car are that it will be available with 1.6-litre petrol and diesel engines, manual and automatic gearboxes, and front- and four-wheel-drive. As is the regular Tivoli.

Less prosaic is the XAV-Adventure, which Ssangyong calls a “reinterpretation” of the original Korando, an extremely rugged thing with styling inspired by the original Jeep. The XAV continues the themes with tough, skid plate-adorned bumpers and pumped-up wheelarches. The Tivoli isn’t mentioned in connection with the XAV, but the similarities are clear to see. With the concept’s focus on off-road ability, a production version would sit apart from every other competitor except the surprisingly capable Jeep Renegade. No doubt public reaction to the XAV will determine whether it does reach production.

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