Autoexpress.co.uk reports that a SsangYong Tivoli Convertible variant is under consideration but its production prospect is a topic of an internal debate. The publication reports that SsangYong has already in the process of making full sized clay models of the topless crossover.
It’s reported that some top officials of the South Korean UV specialists are skeptical about the prospect of a convertible variant of the popular SUV since it could be seen as a joke and hence undo the nameplate’s hard earned reputation.
If at all SsangYong comes up with the Tivoli Convertible in the lines of the Evoque Convertible, it would sport an electrically operated fabric roof, a stiffened floor pan to compensate for the lack of hard-top roof and integrated roll-over protection bars. The basic styling language, interior and equipment level would be retained.
The 1.6-litre petrol and diesel engines with 6-speed manual and automatic transmissions would be carried forward from the conventional crossover but due to the added weight, the top-less Tivoli’s performance and running cost would take a hit.
It’s to be noted that the SsangYong Tivoli Convertible is still in planning stage and may not see the light of day. The company has just unveiled the 7-seat derivative of the brisk selling crossover, under the XLV nameplate.