SsangYong PH Will Launch All-New Korando, Facelifted Tivoli On November 14
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SsangYong PH Will Launch All-New Korando, Facelifted Tivoli On November 14

It seems an SUV war is brewing in the automotive industry.

SsangYong Berjaya Motor Philippines is set to unveil a pair of diesel crossover SUVs on the first day of the 2019 Auto Focus Pre-Christmas Test Drive Festival this November 14, 2019. The cars to be unveiled will be the all-new SsangYong Korando, which first made its global debut at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, and the refreshed SsangYong Tivoli.

Redesigned from the ground up, the all-new Korando’s exterior emphasizes its robust character through a new grille and headlight treatment. The contemporary exterior design features LED lighting elements, as well as large alloy wheels that give the Korando an extremely handsome look.

Likewise, the interior is also vastly improved, featuring a host of premium soft-touch materials and numerous LED ambient lighting elements that are highly configurable. There’s also a 10.25-inch fully digital instrument cluster, as well as a 9-inch touch screen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, though the final specifications for our market are still unconfirmed at this point.

Meanwhile, the Tivoli gets facelifted for the second time for the 2020 model year. Up front, the Tivoli gets a redesigned front fascia similar to what the 2020 Korando has. Overseas models get a new pair of LED headlamps with LED daytime running lights, revised from bumpers, new alloy designs, and new LED taillights. The changes inside are even more substantial as the Tivoli gets a completely redesigned dashboard. Overseas models of the Tivoli get the same 10.25-inch fully digital gauge cluster and 9-inch touch screen infotainment system from the Korando.

Having confirmed that both SUVs will be diesel-fed, the Korando and Tivoli will seem to be powered by the same 1.6-liter inline-4 turbo diesel engine, which produces 136 hp and 324 Nm of torque. Power is sent to the front wheels via a 6-speed automatic transmission developed by Japanese manufacturer Aisin. This should prove to be an interesting decision, especially for the Tivoli since it effectively makes the Korean brand’s subcompact crossover the most powerful in its class.

We will have to wait and see these two new diesel SUVs this November 14 and whether SsangYong’s latest offerings will be formidable competitors in their respective segments.

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