SsangYong shows official images of the 2018 Rexton

Article by Christian A., on April 3, 2017

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.

Press Release

SSANGYONG CONFIRMS ITS NEW LARGE SUV TO BE CALLED REXTON

SsangYong Motor Company, (CEO Jhong-Sik Choi; www.smotor.com/en) has announced that its new car to be launched this week will be called 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 4x4 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 car 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 4x4, 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.

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.

SsangYong

SsangYong cars are manufactured in South Korea by SsangYong Motor, which is 73 per cent owned by the Indian engineering conglomerate Mahindra & Mahindra, and imported into the UK by SsangYong Motor UK. Established in 1954 it is Korea's oldest vehicle manufacturer and only 4x4 and SUV specialist producer.

There are currently some 60 SsangYong dealers covering England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, with new locations being added to the network all the time. Further information is available from: www.ssangyonggb.co.uk

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