The SsangYong XLV compact SUV which is essentially a 7-seat derivative of the successful Tivoli has made its global debut at the ongoing 2016 Geneva Motor Show. The crossover will pay a crucial role in increasing the brand’s presence in both developed and emerging markets.
Save for the subtly revised front bumper, the XLV looks exactly like its smaller sibling all the way up to the C-pillar. The body is extruded a bit post the C-pillar to accommodate the third row of seats and the added real estate is covered by a neat wraparound rear windshield.
The rear fascia has nothing in common with the Tivoli. The XLV sports new wraparound LED taillights, tailgate and bumper. Inside, the dashboard design has been lifted off the Tivoli while the car offers 2+3+2 seating configuration or simply more space to store your luggage. The equipment package has also been borrowed from the Tivoli.
At 2,600 mm, the wheelbase is same as the Tivoli but the XLV’s rear overhang has been extruded by 235 mm. End result is a storage capacity of 720 litres.
The SsangYong XLV is powered by the same 1.6-litre four-cylinder diesel engine that does duty under the Tivoli’s hood. The motor is paired either with a 6-speed manual or an automatic transmission. Both front-wheel drive and all-wheel variants are available.
Mahindra-owned South Korean UV specialist is expected to market the XLV in several international markets including India where it would be pitted against the highly successful Hyundai Creta. Sales are expected to commence in South Korea shortly, followed by a phase wise global launch.