If ever an indication of SsangYong’s growing confidence was needed, this is it.

Expected to go on sale in the UK this summer, the SsangYong Tivoli marks the company’s emergence into the competitive compact SUV market.

The subject of 42 months’ development and an investment of more than £200m, the Tivoli is targeted at buyers looking for their first SUV, and will find itself pitted against rivals such as the Nissan Qashqai and many others.

At 4.2m long, it’s slightly shorter than a Suzuki S-Cross but marginally wider (by 30mm).

The Tivoli will be powered by a choice of 1.6-litre petrol or diesel engines.

Specifications for the diesel unit haven’t been released, but the petrol unit produces 126PS and will be available with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.

Suspension is McPherson strut at the front with a torsion beam rear set-up, and wheels will be offered in 16- and 18-inches.

ESP, LED running lights, tyre pressure monitoring and electronic power steering with three modes – Normal, Comfort and Sport – feature as standard.

Trim levels haven’t been confirmed, but available equipment is expected to include dual-zone climate control, keyless entry, park assist, cruise control, automatic headlights and wipers, and a six-speaker stereo system that can play lossless FLAC files as well as MP3s.

The SsangYong Tivoli will make its debut at the Geneva motor show in March, and is expected to go on sale in the UK this summer.