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After an absence from the Australian market of nigh on two years, SsangYong has relaunched the brand here with four 2019 models – each with plenty of standard safety tech and sharp driveway pricing – as part of a rather ambitious plan to boost the brand’s presence and reputation on these shores.
The 2019 models are: Tivoli (a small SUV), Tivoli XLV (a slightly bigger version of the Tivoli but still a compact SUV), the new Musso 4X4 ute, and the new Rexton large 4X4 SUV. None of these vehicles has been ANCAP tested.
In the pipeline are: AEB across all models (current-stock Mussos lack it), Aussie-tuned suspension (in the next three months or so, starting with coil-sprung Musso) and a long-wheelbase leaf-sprung Musso with a 1600mm-long tray, beyond the current model’s 1300mm.
SsangYong Australia is the brand’s first fully-owned factory subsidiary outside of Korea and, as such, SsangYong Motors Australia managing director Tim Smith says the Aussie outfit is keen to sell between 3000 and 3500 units over the whole new range in the next 12 months, achieve vehicle sales of “five figures” by 2022, release a new model every year, as well as expand its current group of 32 dealers to 45 nationwide next year.
Mid-spec ELX and top-spec Ultimate variants of all models are expected to drive sales.
The 2019 SsangYong line-up is packed with standard features, including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a raft of safety tech, including autonomous emergency braking (AEB), across the entire range – or, at least, it’ll be across the entire range soon because, as mentioned, the Musso currently misses out.
SsangYong Motors Australia communications manager Andrew Ellis said current-stock new Mussos would be sold without AEB. Manufacturing of the next round of the ute was scheduled to start this month, he said, and the new AEB-equipped Mussos would be available “as soon as possible after that” at no extra cost over the Musso’s current driveway pricing. He said a maximum of no more than 70 Mussos would be sold without AEB.
A touted Aussie suspension tune for the entire SsangYong range is on its way too, with Musso planned as first in line for that. Mr Ellis said SsangYong Australia was in talks with a local company and hoped to have that program up and running within three months.
The Tivoli is available with a 1.6-litre petrol (94kW/160Nm) or 1.6-litre diesel engine (84kW/300Nm) and in two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. Every Tivoli has AEB, forward collision warning (FCW), lane departure warning (LDW), lane keep assist (LKA) and high beam assist (HBA).
The Tivoli XLV “an extended body model” of the SsangYong Tivoli compact SUV, according to SsangYong descriptions, has a Euro 6-compliant 1.6-litre diesel engine and a six-speed Aisin automatic transmission. Safety gear includes seven airbags and FCW.
The seven-seat Rexton is available as a 2WD with a petrol engine (165kW/350Nm) and a six-speed Aisin auto gearbox; or as a 4WD with a 2.2-litre turbo-diesel engine (133kW/420Nm) and a seven-speed Mercedes-Benz automatic transmission.
The Tivoli and Tivoli XLV have four-star Euro NCAP ratings, but no ANCAP ratings; Musso and Rexton won’t be ANCAP tested until at least next year.
Every model in the SsangYong Australia range has a seven-year, unlimited kilometre warranty, seven years’ roadside assistance and seven years’ service price menu.
|Tivoli EX Petrol M/T||$23,490|
|Tivoli EX Petrol A/T||$25,490|
|Tivoli ELX Petrol A/T||$27,490|
|Tivoli ELX Diesel A/T||$29,990|
|Tivoli Ultimate Diesel A/T||$33,990|
|Tivoli Ultimate 2-Tone Diesel A/T||$34,490|
|Tivoli XLV ELX A/T||$31,990|
|Tivoli XLV Ultimate A/T||$34,990|
|Tivoli XLV Ultimate 2-Tone||$35,490|
|Musso EX M/T||$30,490|
|Musso EX A/T||$32,490|
|Musso ELX A/T||$35,990|
|Musso Ultimate A/T||$39,990|
|Rexton EX Petrol||$39,990|
|Rexton ELX Diesel AWD||$46,990|
|Rexton Ultimate Diesel AWD||$52,990|