Revised crossover scores subtle design changes and a significant infotainment upgrade. When will it arrive in Oz? We don't know just yet.
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The SsangYong Tivoli has only recently gone on sale in Australia, but back in the company's home market of South Korea, the compact crossover has just received a fairly comprehensive upgrade.

UPDATE, 22/5/2019: SsangYong's local division has indicated it's expecting the updated Tivoli to arrive during the third or fourth quarter of 2019. See bottom of article for details.

Dubbed as the "Very New Tivoli" going by these promotional images out of the domestic market, the updated model gets subtle design revisions on the outside, along with a significant technology upgrade in the cabin to align the entry-level model with the larger Korando.

Up front there's a new bumper with stacked fog-lights, along with a larger lower intake. At the rear there's been changes made to the bumper as well, while new LED tail-light graphics lend a more upmarket look.

Top: 'Very New' Tivoli, Bottom: 2019 SsangYong Tivoli (AU spec)

The most noticeable changes have been made in the cabin, though, with the Tivoli gaining a digital-heavy cockpit borrowed from the new Korando.

Drivers are treated to an available 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster with configurable displays, while the central infotainment system has grown to 9.0 inches and gets the company's latest interface.

These changes have been combined with a new design for the dashboard and centre stack, along with revised designs for the air vents, too.

Top: "Very New' Tivoli, Bottom: 2019 SsangYong Tivoli (AU spec)

According to overseas reports, the updated Tivoli will also offer a new 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine, which SsangYong claims will provide "powerful performance" – though further details are yet to be confirmed.

We'd wager the new petrol motor is the same or at least similar to the new 120kW/280Nm unit that will be offered in the new Korando, which is paired with a six-speed manual as standard or a six-speed auto sourced from Japanese firm Aisin.

The updated model is available to order now in South Korea, with customers who pre-order before June 4 eligible to receive a special Tivoli shirt. It's expected the larger Tivoli XLV will get similar changes in the coming months as well.


Speaking with CarAdvice, SsangYong's local managing director, Tim Smith, said the Australian division is aiming for a third quarter launch.

"Tivoli MY20 at this stage will be a Late Q3/early Q4 launch. We are planning launching the major facelift around similar timing as all new Korando," he said.

Final specification for our market is still to be confirmed, though it's understood the local arm is keen on adding the new 1.5-litre turbo petrol motor.