The South Korean carmaker SsangYong intends to enter in North America in the coming days. Regardless of the fact that they haven’t revealed any details about it, we are pretty sure we know what’s cooking. The automaker will most definitely offer the Korando over the next two year, and after that, you can expect the smaller Tivoli SUV. Still, the second crossover will not arrive until it receives a new-gen “suit” and that’s not going to happen soon. No, because the manufacturer has to update the current model first, which means that the successor won’t be available another 3 or 4 years.
In any case, the little SsangYong SUV is getting a mid-cycle update right now, and out photographers managed to catch it testing. The 2020 Tivoli appears to feature the biggest changes at its ends. We know that because the automaker hides exactly these spots with some camouflage. As far as we see, the crossover hosts an updated grille with new metal inserts and boxier headlights which are LED-treated of course. Below, the automaker will most likely add a pair of rounder fog lamps, while we’ve noticed new spoilers too. Around back, the 2020 SsangYong Tivoli most likely hides a new set of graphics for its taillights, perhaps restyled bumper, and nothing else new.
Beneath the hood, the 2020 SsangYong Tivoli will definitely get a new heart. More precisely, the current 1.6-liter turbodiesel stays, while the naturally aspirated 1.6-liter mill goes from the scene in favor of automaker’s new 1.2-liter turbo unit. The current model offers six-speed manual and auto gearboxes and that’s not going to change in the future. On the other hand, the front-wheel-drive system should get some improvements, because it’s a disaster at the moment. If the carmaker doesn’t fix it, we strongly recommend an optional four-wheel-drive.
It’s highly possible to see an improved dashboard and better tech inside of the 2020 SsangYong Tivoli, but we have no any evidence at the moment, so stay tuned for updates.