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SsangYong will show an extended version of its Tivoli crossover at next month’s Geneva Motor Show.

The SsangYong Tivoli XLV will be displayed alongside a hybrid concept dubbed the SIV-2, which previews a major new model expected on sale in around 2018.

Expected on sae in summer 2016, the Tivoli XLV is evolved from the XLV Air that was concept unveiled at the Frankfurt show in September 2015. SsangYong says that favourable feedback to the concept has resulted in the production model.

Sitting on the same 2600mm wheelbase as the current Tivoli, the XLV’s extra length of 235mm is all behind the C pillar (behind the rear door), boosting luggage space from 423 to 720 litres.

UK specification of the Tivoli XLV is yet to be announced, but it will go on sale with either the 1.6-litre petrol or diesel engines already available with the standard Tivoli, with six-speed manual or six-speed auto transmission and in two or four-wheel-drive format.

The SIV-2 – the letters stand for Smart Interface Vehicle – previews a future SsangYong SUV that the Korean brand clearly has major plans for, saying that it will “evolve to become a key strategic model within the SsangYong range.

Following on from the SUV-1 that debuted at Geneva in 2013, the concept is expected to evolve into a large SUV that SsangYong will pitch against the likes of the segment-leading Nissan Qashqai.

Few details have yet been released about the SUV-2. But propelling the concept is a mild hybrid powertrain, combining a 1.5-litre direct injection turbocharged petrol engine and a 10kW electric motor-generator with a 500Wh lithium ion battery.

SsangYong adds that the concept and its powertrain have been developed to accept future alternatives such as plug-in hybrid or full electric systems.

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Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is a road test editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.