Upmarket Rexton takes on the big guns
March 12, 2021
SsangYong is launching the facelift edition of its flagship Rexton model this year with bold new looks, an upgraded interior, improved safety systems and a powerful new engine line-up.
When viewed from any angle, the latest seven-seat Rexton has an eye-catching design with a powerful stance that serves as a solid foundation for its superior ride and handling dynamics.
Move inside and the Rexton impresses even further with a new digital cluster, driver assistance technologies, safety features and multimedia packages.
Powering the new Rexton is a 2.2-litre turbo diesel engine manufactured by SsangYong, delivering 202PS and 441Nm of torque resulting in a 0-62mph sprint time of 11.9 seconds. This highly efficient, refined engine achieves up to a 32.9mpg on a combined run with carbon emissions of 225g/km under stricter WLTP testing.
Rexton is now equipped with an all-new, eight-speed automatic transmission produced by Hyundai Transys which is also supplied to Genesis, Hyundai, and Kia. Its improved weight and efficiency means there is a smooth sophisticated response and reduced noise, vibration, and harshness thanks to wider gear ratios and a pendulum damper. It has an advanced shift-by-wire system by which the transmission modes are engaged and changed through electronic controls without any mechanical linkage between the gear shifting lever and the transmission.
The Rexton is an all-wheel drive vehicle offering superior driving stability across all types of terrain. It has a proven, go anywhere, selectable four-wheel drive system that draws on SsangYong’s years of experience in 4×4 technology.
For better efficiency and greater fuel economy, the car features part-time four-wheel drive with power delivered permanently to the rear wheels. Drive to the front wheels can be selected electronically with either high or low ratio chosen as and when the off-road conditions become more demanding.
Ideal for those wishing to tow a double horsebox, large caravan, or commercial trailer, the Rexton has a strong ladder chassis providing a substantial towing capacity of 3,500kg, and a kerb weight of 2,180kg. The vehicle now boasts Trailer Sway Control which improves driving stability by detecting and automatically stabilising yaw movement and sway of the trailer mounted to the vehicle.
The Rexton doesn’t just offer real advances on-road and off-road, it also offers them on-screen. There is a choice of two advanced infotainment systems depending on trim level – both include DAB radio, excellent connectivity with Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto for device mirroring, a rear-view reversing camera, and displayed on an 8.0-inch screen on Ventura models or in HD on a wide 9.2-inch screen including TomTom navigation on Ultimate trim levels.
The Rexton is one of the strongest and safest vehicles in its class. It’s built on a high-strength body-on-frame construction and features a comprehensive suite of the latest electronic safety aids.
The Rexton Ventura, costing from £37,995, comes with auto transmission only and has new design 18-inch diamond cut alloy wheels, LED headlamps, 12.3-inch full digital console, dual zone climate control, an eight-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto. It has power assisted steering, a heated leather steering wheel as well as power adjustable, heated, and ventilated front seats, faux-leather upholstery, front and rear parking sensors and rear-view camera.
Safety kit includes nine airbags, Autonomous Emergency Braking, Safety Distance Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Front Vehicle Start Warning, Speed Limit Warning, Smart High Beam and Trailer Sway Control.
Step up to the Rexton Ultimate, priced from £40,665, and there are new design 18-inch alloy diamond cut alloys, LED headlights, LED fog lights, a nine-inch HD audio screen with TomTom navigation, interior mood lighting, stainless steel door finishes, rear view camera with 3D 360-degree monitoring system, Lane Change Collision Warning, Blind Spot Detection Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Warning, premium leather upholstery, heated and ventilated power seats, and ‘smart’ electronic tailgate.
Engineered for an active lifestyle, new Rexton exceeds expectations by delivering spacious comfort, practical go-anywhere ability, and superior safety. And as you’d expect from a company that has over 65 years of experience, SsangYong’s new Rexton is a magnificently muscular thing.
Kevin Griffin, managing director of SsangYong Motors UK said: “Back in 2017, SsangYong set new standards for value-priced large SUVs, with the launch of new Rexton. The updated 21-model year Rexton is further evidence of the brand’s re-generation and I believe that it demonstrates the rapid progress being made as a specialist producer of 4×4 pick-ups and SUVs. The Rexton is distinctive and stylish and boasts an array of advanced safety and infotainment technologies as well a large spacious cabin and cargo area.
“Our ‘badge’ may be less well known, but what SsangYong lacks in current recognition, we more than make up for with cars that offer huge value without ever feeling compromised. We also have so much faith in our build quality, that we offer a full seven-year, 150,000-mile warranty so customers can be confident that they have made the right choice when it comes to the things that really matter.
“We are sure that in Rexton we have a vehicle that has the potential to upstage some much bigger names in the marketplace, particularly with our value for money proposition.”