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Sports bars shown on ST and DX are optional accessories at additional costs. The starting price of $25,990+GST+ORC is on Navara DX DC 2WD. Offer available to
approved applicants of Nissan Financial Ser vices only and excludes all lease and some fleet purchasers. Units must be registered in April and May 2015 to qualify
for the special finance offer. The 1.9% Finance offer applies to the new Nissan vehicles only. The 1.9% p.a. interest rate is available with zero deposit and 48 months
term. Additional finance related fees, charges, and terms and conditions apply. Additional fees and on-road charges apply. Offer cannot be used in conjunction with
any other offers and must end May 31st 2015 while stocks last.
*Terms and Conditions: Qashqai Ti and X-trail Ti shown. Offer available to approved applicants of Nissan Financial Services only
and excludes all lease and some fleet purchasers. Units must be registered in April and May to qualify for the special finance
offer. The 2.9% Finance offer applies to the new Nissan Qashqai and Xtrail only. The 2.9% p.a. interest rate is available with zero
deposit and 36 months term. Additional finance related fees, charges, and terms and conditions apply. Additional fees and
on-road charges apply. Offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers and must end May 31st 2015 whilst stocks last.
essories at additional costs The starting price of $25 990+GST+ORC is on Navara DX DC 2WD Offer ava
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AT A GLANCE
1.6 -litre in-line four-cylinder petrol
engine, with six-speed manual
and six-speed automatic
transmissions in the Sport, six-
speed auto in the Limited.
Output: 94.1 kW at 6000rpm,
160Nm at 4500rpm, 5.5L/100km
(manual) and 5.7L/100km (auto),
154g/km (manual) and 167g/km
Chassis: MacPherson strut front
suspension, torsion-beam setup at
the rear. Electric power steering
with push-button adjustment for
Comfort, Normal and Sport.
airconditioning, electronic cruise
control, audio system with MP3
player and iPod/iPhone
connector, Bluetooth hands-free.
Safety: Front, side, curtain and
knee airbags. Stability control with
brake assist, hill-start assist, and
active rollover protection. Five-
star Korean NCAP crash rating.
Dimensions: L 4195mm, W
1795mm, H 1590mm, W/base
2600mm. Kerb weight 1270kg
(manual) 1300kg (auto).
Prices: Sport manual $24,990,
Sport auto $26,990, Limited auto
Hot: Fresh new looks, substantial
drive, sharp pricing.
Not: 1.6-litre engine gets thrashy
Verdict: Timing couldn’t be
better for SsangYong to be
introducing its first offering in the
compact SUV class, because
Tivoli is quite good enough to
prove very competitive.
Tivoli Sport, the entry model available with a choice of manual and automatic transmissions.
An exterior design feature of the new Tivoli is a pronounced rump over the rear
wheels. This is a Limited version, with its ‘‘floating’’ roof.
paintwork, rear spoiler, 18-inch
alloys, driving lights, tinted glass,
leatherette upholstery, leather
steering wheel, front and rear
parking sensors and reversing
camera, and a 7-inch colour touch
screen with audio streaming.
Under the bonnet of all three
models is a 1.6-litre in-line four
cylinder engine that has been
developed by SsangYong using
materials from a variety of
sources – for example the head is
from Hyundai and the
reciprocating internals are
Mercedes-Benz. The engine
develops 94 kilowatts of power
and 160 newton metres of torque,
which does put it at the lower end
of the power and torque scale
when compared with other
A short drive programme in all
three versions of the Tivoli
showed this engine to be a willing
unit, which was just as well as it
had to work rather hard at times –
with the automatic versions it
wasn’t long before I chose to
operate the six-speed
transmission manually so it
didn’t need to hunt through the
gears so much. My immediate
impression though was that the
little SUV, which has more than
71 per cent of its body made of
high-tensile steels, would be
easily capable of accepting larger
and more powerful engines.
What I did enjoy was a period
cruising around town and along
State Highway 3, and thanks to a
combination of that high torsional
rigidity and excellent interior
space, the Tivoli felt a substantial
motor vehicle. This will no doubt
help make the vehicle popular
with the very people who will buy
this model – women and veteran
motorists, who appreciate value
for the money, ease of use and
good fuel economy.
The Tivoli, which is the first
all-new SsangYong to be launched
since being taken over by the
Indian industrial giant Mahindra,
is the first of the new arrivals
scheduled for the next 18 months.
Brand-new versions of the
Rexton, Actyon and Korando will
all be launched in New Zealand
next year and in early 2017, all of
which is giving SsangYong NZ the
confidence it will continue to
grow its market share in this
country. SsangYong should no
longer be regarded as that ‘‘other’’
Korean brand behind Hyundai
and Kia – but a pre-eminent Asian
provider of utes and SUVs of
rapidly improving excellence.
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