SsangYong earlier this month dished out the official sketches of the latest 2018 Rexton model. Soon after releasing the drawings, the South Korea-based motor company finally brings forth the official images of the lighter and more spacious SUV.
Billed as Mahindra Y400 for the Indian market, the next generation SUV’s design cues were drawn straight from the LIV-2 Concept seen at the Paris Motor Show last year.
Other than a few minor changes, the SUV’s exterior virtually appears the same as SsangYong’s concept model. For one, it has similarly designed front grille that forms a hexagonal shape with three horizontal slats, in the same way that the upward positioning of the fog lights and traditional headlamps reminds us of the LIV-2 concept in Paris.
The new Rexton sits on a 2,865mm (113 inches) wheelbase with dimensions measuring 1,800 (71 inches) tall, 1,920 (75 inches) wide and 4,850 (191 inches) long. What’s more, SsangYong built the SUV based on the Quad-Frame structure that uses 1.5Gpa giga-steel. The large SUV also comprises sixty-three percent AHSS (Advanced High Strength Steel) to keep it sturdy without weighing too heavy.
As for the cabin, the 2018 Rexton adopts the same setup found on the SUV concept specifically the quilted leather spread across the door cards and the lower dash. It will be featuring the latest infotainment system including Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support, 3D AVM (Around View Monitoring), 9.2-inches wide High Definition touchscreen, and 9 airbags for safety, just to name a few.
What we know of is that SsangYong’s new SUV will most likely come with both clean-burning diesel and petrol engines. The two engine options could be a 2.0-liter petrol and 2.2 liter turbocharged diesel paired to a 7-speed automatic or a 6-speed manual gearbox.
The 7-seater SUV’s petrol variant is expected to deliver close to 225hp while the diesel variant should more or less come with 184hp and 420Nm of torque under the hood. Considering the company’s reputation as the only SUV and 4x4 manufacturer in South Korea, an all-wheel drive set-up is very possible.
Now on its 3rd generation, the India-bound SUV is also slated for its premiere at the 2017 Seoul Motor Show coming this November. The Rexton will be the flagship model in SsangYong’s vehicle lineup placed above the latest Korando. The spec details are rather limited at this time but it will surely be a hit once it rolls out before the year ends.