A new report originating from UK indicates SsangYong is analyzing the prospects of launching a convertible version of the Tivoli SUV.

A new report originating from UK indicates SsangYong is analyzing the prospects of launching a convertible version of the Tivoli SUV.

South Korean marque SsangYong recently expanded the Tivoli offerings by introducing in Geneva the bigger XLV which has a substantially larger trunk (but still five seats). It seems the company is already thinking about adding a third member to the Tivoli family by developing a convertible. A final decision has not been taken yet, but the model is seriously being considered as fullsize clay models are already being prepared.

If it gets the green light for production, the poor man’s Range Rover Evoque Cabrio will likely come with an electrically retractable fabric roof rather than a hard top which adds weight and complexity. In addition, the Tivoli convertible will probably lose the rear doors and will obviously have a smaller trunk as the soft top will need room for storage when folded.

Switching to a convertible body style will require additional strengthening and consequently the weight of the car will increase compared to its fixed roof sibling. Power will come from the same duo of 1.6-liter turbocharged gasoline and diesel engines, but fuel economy will be affected a little bit due to the car’s increased size.

It’s too soon to talk about prices, but obviously the SsangYong Tivoli convertible would be more expensive than the regular model, yet way cheaper than the posh open-top Evoque.

Source: autoexpress.co.uk

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