Ssangyong Motors is back in the Philippines, and is now controlled by the same group handling Mazda Philippines, namely, Berjaya Auto Philippines. The new distributorship is called SsangYong Berjaya Motor Philippines.
At the Manila International Auto Show, SsangYong used this opportunity to present to the Filipinos its three core global products. The Ssangyong Tivoli, Korando, and Rodius, and SsangYong aims to offer the Filipino a stylish, affordable, and durable mode of transportation, which is perfect for what exactly the Filipino buyer has in mind.
The SsyangYong Tivoli is the brand’s entry level small SUV offering. It has a rather interesting design that blends in with the hip and youthful nature of a young city dweller. The design is eye catching, and it’s one of SsangYong’s best designs to date, and that’s a huge statement for a brand that made rather strange looking cars. The Sport R variant has a fancier exterior design, including 18 inch alloy wheels, LED Daytime Running Lights, DVD entertainment system, USB MirrorLink, and leather seats. The Tivoli is equipped with a 1.6 liter Dual CVVT petrol engine, which is good for 128 hp and 160 Nm of torque. It is mated to either a 6-Speed Manual or a 6-Speed Dual Clutch Transmission.
1.6 SX MT: P785,000
1.6 SX AT: P845,000
Sport R: P1,080,000
Slotting above the Tivoli is the Korando. Korando is a combination of the words “Korean Can Do”. The Korando is the compact SUV of SsangYong, and its aim is to squarely fight with the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, Hyundai Tucson, and more.The exterior design is penned by Giogetto Giugario, and as a result, the Korando looks quite stylish and well designed. The Korando is powered by a 2.0 liter petrol engine, which is good for 149 hp and 197 Nm of torque, or a 2.0 liter diesel, producing 175 hp and 360 Nm of torque. The petrol is only equipped with a 6-Speed Automatic, while the diesel can be paired with either a 6-Speed Manual or Automatic. The ELX trim is equipped with LED daytime running lights, 18 inch wheels, leather seats, 7-inch touchscreen with MirrorLink, leather seats, and more premium niceties.
2.0 EXG AT: P1,090,000
2.0 SXD MT: P1,090,000
2.0 EXD AT: P1,250,000
2.0 ELX AT: P1,390,000
Lastly, topping the SsangYong Range is the Rodius. It is the successor to the rather controversially designed Stavic. The Rodius continues the Stavic’s concept of being a large SUV with the comfort and versatility of an MPV. There are three variants, the SX 11 with 11 seats, EX 9 with 9 seats, and the most premium variant of them all, the ELX 7, which, as you’ve guessed by now, has 7 seats. The Rodius aims to have a more luxurious and premium feel against its smaller siblings, and it offers people the ultimate in space, luxury (whatever) and comfort. The ELX is equipped with niceties such as a rear view camera, auto levelling headlamps, automatic climate control, leather seats, and a 7-inch touchscreen. All variants are powered by a 2.0 liter CRDI diesel engine, producing 155 hp and 360 Nm of torque, and is mated to either a 6-Speed Manual or Automatic.
SX 11 MT: P1,290,000
EX 9 AT: P1,490,000
ELX 7 AT: P1,590,000
Teased at the 2016 Manila International Auto Show, the SsangYong Tivoli XLV is the answer to those who find the Tivoli attractive, but needs the added space and practicality of an SUV at a class above. No word has been given yet if the Tivoli XLV will be sold in the Philippines, but if this public teaser is a clue, then SsangYong might just sell the Tivoli XLV if the public’s reception towards the Tivoli is positive.