Impressing with its sheer presence and beautifully balanced exterior, new Rexton is a large four-wheel drive that offers a prestige cabin for passengers to travel in supreme comfort, while disguising its tough and rugged off-road capability.
Representing a huge step forward in every area - looks and style, interior ambience, structure and safety, performance and technology, this new car stays true to SsangYong’s core brand values with extremely competitive pricing from £27,500 on the road.
The new Rexton is powered by a 2.2 litre turbo diesel engine delivering maximum power of 181PS and maximum torque of 420Nm, with a 6-speed manual or 7-speed Mercedes-Benz automatic transmission.
It measures 4,850mm in length, 1,960mm wide, 1,825mm high, and has a 2,865mm wheelbase.
This imposing, authentic four-wheel-drive features a body-on-frame construction to create an extremely robust and durable car, yet features a dignified and beautifully balanced style throughout.
With a fresh, modern yet restrained look, there’s a cohesive appearance to the front where the radiator grille and headlights blend together harmoniously. The grille resembles the spread wings of a bird in flight - first seen on Tivoli, and now adopted as the new frontal look across all new SsangYong models to create a distinctive and recognisable identity for the marque.
The projection headlight units also comprise daytime running lights, LED fog lights with cornering feature, side and indicator lights, while bright body detailing and wheels help convey a prestigious image. The rear of the car offers a gracious yet purposeful look, with LED rear combination side lights, air spoiler with high-mounted LED stop light and LED number plate lights, while the option of 17”, 18” or 20” alloy wheels, add to the overall appearance of style and luxury.
The sense of refinement and luxury is continued with the beautifully executed interior, where again the step-up in quality is notable. With a well-balanced design, the ambiance is fresh, contemporary and well laid out, with a choice of seating including full high grade nappa leather trim, and with the luxury touch of quilted nappa leather seat and interior trim on the top of the range Ultimate model.
The driver’s seat is 8-way power-adjustable, the front passenger seat 6-way power-adjustable (ELX & Ultimate), with memory settings for the seat & door mirror positions (Ultimate), and with automatic easy access mode for the driver’s seat (the driver’s seat position automatically adjusts when the door opens), heated seats front and rear, and also ventilated front seats on the Ultimate model, which also features auto closing (automatic door-locking when the key is carried away from the car).
Featuring dual-zone fully automated air-conditioning with fine dust filters to all three rows of seats on the ELX (with seven seats) and Ultimate, there’s also a USB connector and 220V inverter available for rear seat passengers.
The large cabin offers generous shoulder and headroom to help ensure the highest level of passenger comfort. Rexton comes with five and seven seat options, the second row of seats splitting 60:40 with a folding centre armrest, and giving easy access to the third row of seats (7 seat models) which also fold individually 50:50. This seating combination gives greater passenger and load flexibility, equipping the car with one of the largest load spaces in its segment. Thanks to this flexible interior design it can easily accommodate rear seat passengersand four golf bags in the boot.
The car features up to nine airbags including a knee-airbag for the driver and side-airbags in the rear (ELX & Ultimate). It also affords good pedestrian protection due to the careful ‘soft’ front end design and bonnet height.
Electronic safety aids now accepted as important standard equipment on a robust 4x4 such as Rexton include brake assist, electronic brake force distribution and ABS, traction control, active rollover protection and an emergency stop signal. To this is added new driver assistance safety features such as forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, high beam assistance and traffic sign recognition. The top of the range Rexton Ultimate also gets cameras front and rear as well as on the door mirrors, and this suite of electronic safety aids includes 360° around-car monitoring, blind spot detection as well as rear cross traffic alert to provide a clear view of the area surrounding the car to increase safety and driver convenience during low-speed driving and parking.
The car’s 4-wheel drive system draws on SsangYong’s years of experience in 4WD technology. For better efficiency and greater fuel economy, the car features part time 4x4 with power delivered permanently to the rear wheels. Front wheel drive can be selected electronically as required with high ratio, and low ratio chosen as and when the off-road conditions become more demanding. It also features special electronic safety aids when driving off road such as hill start assist and hill decent control, and is best-in-class for approach and departure angles of 20.5 degrees and 22 degrees respectively.
With primary drive to the rear wheels, the ride, handling and driving stability are enhanced thanks to the well-balanced weight distribution, and a combination of double wishbone suspension at the front and 10-link independent suspension at the rear on models with automatic transmission deliver great ride-quality.
Ideal for those wishing to tow a double horsebox, large caravan or commercial trailer, the car has a towing capacity of 3.5 tonnes, and a kerb weight of between 2,095 - 2,233 Kg, particularly important for anyone towing a heavy caravan.