Most motorists in the country would recall the tough workhorse SUV Rexton by Ssangyong. It was one of the more popular SUV in this country due to its affordable price tag and rugged appeal. Today, Ssangyong Korea has announced a new large SUV, to be launched this week, and conveniently naming it, the Rexton.
Developed under the project name of Y400 and seen as the LIV-2 concept at the Paris motor show in September 2016, the new car inherits the heritage and DNA of the original Rexton as a large, authentic SUV. It will be known internationally as Rexton, and ‘G4 Rexton’ in Korea.
SsangYong expects this new generation Rexton to compete with traditional D & E segment SUVs, and will continue the renewal of SsangYong’s brand identity which began with the launch of Tivoli. Inheriting the brand values of the original Rexton as its flagship, it will also further underpin the company’s reputation as Korea’s oldest vehicle manufacturer and only 4×4 and SUV specialist producer.
With a refined and luxurious interior, the new Rexton will feature Apple Carplay and Android Auto with device mirroring, 3D Around View Monitoring (AVM) and a wide 9.2-inch HD screen.
The new large SUV embodies robust and dynamic SUV styling and blends drivability with high levels of safety that includes nine airbags. With a front mounted engine, rear-wheel drive and 4×4, Rexton will be a class-leading contender. It will offer excellent driving characteristics on and off-road, balanced weight distribution, great towing capability and NVH performance.
Constructed using a Quad-Frame body structure using 1.5Gpa giga-steel – a world first, it also features 63% advanced high strength steel (AHSS) to create greatly improved body strength while reducing weight.
The new Rexton is 4,850mm long, 1,920mm wide, 1,800mm high, and has a 2,865mm wheelbase. It will be powered by both petrol and new clean-burning diesel engines.
The car will go on sale in Korea during the first half of this year, and internationally before the end of 2017.