Fortunately, the roads around MotorMartin Towers have remained remarkably snow free so far this year which makes a very pleasant change. It really is no fun trying to gain grip and traction enough to make it up the north face of the Eiger that makes up the approach road up to the gleaming media centre that the Towers has now become.
Yet when the inevitable does arrive and the cold winter weather starts to bite, SsangYong have informed MotorMartin that they are introducing a 4×4 winter upgrade offer on their 1.6 litre turbo diesel Tivoli SUV and extended bodied Tivoli XLV models. Excellent timing then SsangYong.
The offers are:
1. Free 4×4 winter upgrade offer on diesel Tivoli and Tivoli XLV
2. Customer saving of £1,250
3. 4×4 delivers surefooted driving off-road and added safety in icy conditions
4. 1.6 litre turbo diesel engine, 6 speed manual or Aisin automatic
5. Prices from just £16,250
6. Class leading 5-year limitless mileage warranty
SsangYong have said to MotorMartin that the offer applies to current EX and ELX models, manual and automatic, and registered before 31st January 2017.
In MotorMartin’s opinion, SsangYong have completed a comprehensive revamp of the models in their range introducing modern and contemporary features at a very competitive price, so much so, that people who wouldn’t necessarily look at a SsangYong before, are now making their way to their local showroom and rightly so. After all, MotorMartin’s overarching philosophy is that of ‘real life’ motoring, something that SsangYong would appear to also embrace.
Comprehensively equipped and competitively priced, the Tivoli EX 4×4 features cruise control, smart steering (normal, comfort and sport modes), an RDS/Bluetooth radio and seven airbags, grey or beige leather upholstery, 18” alloy Spiral wheels, dual zone climate control, 7” touch screen smart audio system with rear view camera, heated front seats, front fog lights and a luggage load cover.
Rather impressively, the top of the range ELX 4×4 adds the choice of manual and automatic transmission, and features Diamond cut alloy wheels, a smart instrument cluster, smart keyless starting, front & rear parking sensors, privacy glass, rear spoiler, automatic headlamps, rain sensing wipers, full TomTom navigation system with 7” touch screen, rear view camera, and the option of the styling pack and red leather pack with My Tivoli.
Sharing the same platform and 2,600mm wheelbase as the Tivoli, SsangYong have confirmed to MotorMartin that the Tivoli XLV SUV estate features a lengthened body from behind the C pillar, an increase of 238mm over the standard car, expanding the load capacity to a huge 720 cubic litres of space.
Four-wheel drive performance
One of the SsangYong’s main features is the rather excellent all wheel drive system and the Tivoli 4×4 employs an intelligent and advanced all-wheel drive torque on demand system that senses the road surface and driving conditions, and distributes the power to the wheels that need it most. And when MotorMartin took a Tivoli 4×4 off road recently, it performed superbly over and through some quite extreme circumstances.
Under normal driving conditions, 100 per cent of the engine’s torque is delivered to the front wheels so that the car runs with optimised fuel efficiency. On icy or slippery roads or when driving on wet off-road conditions, power is distributed to both the front and rear wheels to ensure a safe, stable and dependable drive. The technology operates to give a smooth and safe departure when driving away from a standstill on a steep slope, while a lock mode distributes power equally between the front and rear wheels at speeds below 25mph to optimise traction.
SsangYong have also explained to MotorMartin that in conjunction with the standard electronic stability program (ESP) with hydraulic brake assist and 4-channel anti-lock braking system (ABS), the four-wheel drive system provides the best possible grip and control whatever the conditions. Hill start assist (HSA) and active roll-over protection (ARP) also feature.
The Tivoli 4×4 also features multi-link rear suspension for a comfortable drive on the road, and increased wheel articulation for optimum grip off-road.
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