The upcoming seven-seat SsangYong Tivoli has been spied ahead of the model's reveal late this year or early 2016.

The upcoming seven-seat SsangYong Tivoli has been spied ahead of the model's reveal late this year or early 2016.

It will be previewed at the Frankfurt Motor Show by the XLV-Air concept and according to South Korean media the production car will be approximately 300 mm longer than the standard five-seater Tivoli. The added length will be implemented in the wheelbase and the rear overhang in order to accommodate two extra seats. The trunk's capacity is expected to grow in size as well, obviously with the rearmost seats folded down.

The engine lineup will be sourced from the regular Tivoli, so customers will have the possibility of choosing from either a 1.6-liter normally aspirated gasoline engine with 128 PS (94 kW) and 160 Nm (118 Nm) of torque or a 1.6-liter turbodiesel rated at 115 PS (84 kW) and 300 Nm (221 lb-ft). These two can work with a six-speed manual and a six-speed automatic sending power to the front wheels or to an optional AWD setup available only with the diesel.

In terms of design, the front half of the crossover will be virtually identical to the five-seater whereas the rear end will be bulkier as seen in the attached images showing a heavily camouflaged near-production prototype. It seems the taillight graphics will also go through some changes while the roof-mounted rear spoiler will have a different shape.

It should go on sale early next year and will cost a little bit more than the equivalent five-seat Tivoli which in UK starts at just £12,950.

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