Safety and ser­vice key for new Ssangy­ongs

Albany Extra - - Motoring - Sam Jeremic Your lo­cal Ssangy­ong dealer is Amity Mo­tors 9841 2900.

Ssangy­ong has re­vealed drive­away pric­ing for its re­freshed lineup of mod­els ar­riv­ing in Aus­tralia later this year — all four of which will be cov­ered by a seven-year, un­lim­ited-kilo­me­tre war­ranty.

As pre­vi­ously re­ported, the South Korean brand will re­turn as a fac­tory-backed op­er­a­tion when it re­launches in Aus­tralia in Novem­ber with the Musso dual-cab, Tivoli small SUV, Tivoli XLV medium SUV and big­ger Rex­ton seven-seater.

All mod­els are cov­ered by the gen­er­ous af­ter-sales pro­gram, which also in­cludes seven years of road­side as­sist and capped-price ser­vic­ing. In an­other perk, the quar­tet will also have au­tonomous emer­gency brak­ing and for­ward­col­li­sion warn­ing as stan­dard.

“We know that safety is a key fea­ture for Aus­tralian cus­tomers and we do not want to make AEB or FCW an op­tion or ex­tra cost for a cus­tomer want­ing to choose any model in our all-new range,” Ssangy­ong man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Tim Smith said.

“We want cus­tomers to know their most pre­cious cargo is af­forded the max­i­mum pro­tec­tion, no mat­ter which model they choose.”

The Tivoli will be the cheap­est of­fer­ing, with the six-speed man­ual EX petrol vari­ant cost­ing $23,490 drive-away — a price sim­i­lar to or be­low many other small SUV en­try points.

Full spec­i­fi­ca­tion is yet to be re­leased but Ssangy­ong says the en­try Tivoli will have Ap­ple CarPlay/ An­droid Auto, seven airbags and a re­verse cam­era among its stan­dard fea­tures. The Tivoli range tops out with the all-wheeldrive, diesel Ul­ti­mate Two-Tone at $34,490.

Mov­ing up to the diesel-only medium Tivoli XLV sees an en­try point of $31,990, which ap­pears higher than many other ri­vals’ en­try points but works out about the same given the pric­ing is drive­away.

The Tivoli XLV tops out at $35,490, far cheaper than many main­stream brands’ range-top­pers.

At $39,990, the Rex­ton is one of the cheaper en­tries into the sev­enseat large SUV sec­tor, but is also a fair whack more ex­pen­sive than the Musso ute it’s based on.

The Musso starts at $30,490 for the manuial EX vari­ant and tops out at a highly com­pet­i­tive $39,990 for the Ul­ti­mate au­to­matic.

The Tivoli SUV has seven airbags and a re­verse cam­era among its stan­dard fea­tures.

Musso dual-cab.

Seven-seater Rex­ton.

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