South Korean car company SsangYong recently revealed sketches of their upcoming SUV. We’re not always impressed by Korean car designs, but this one looks quite promising. Yup, it is the next-generation Rexton that was first seen at the 2016 Paris Motor Show as the LIV-2 concept. The production model will make its debut at the Seoul Motor Show next Thursday, as the company’s flagship model.
Mahindra & Mahindra, SsangYong’s parent company, acquired Italian car design firm Pininfarina in late 2015, for $28 million. Without certainty, the design company was likely involved in designing the SUV, thus the improved styling of both the exterior and the interior of the car.
The company had released several technical specifications of the Rexton. Its dimensions are: 191 inches (4,850mm) long, 75 inches (1,920 mm) wide, 71 inches (1,800) tall, and a wheelbase that extends to 113 inches (2,865mm). Many would agree that it is quite a large SUV.
Despite its huge size, the company said that the Rexton boasts an improved body strength and a much lighter body compared to the older model - as 63 percent of its body makes use of advanced high strength steel. It is also the first ever production unit to feature a Quad-Frame body structure using 1.5Gpa giga-steel in the world.
The exterior of the car looks really good, and it looks pretty close to the LIV-2 concept. It has retained the three bold lines on the fender, the doors, and the rear quarter panel - that defined the concept. Also, the distinct third window design that forms the flat window line has been adapted from the LIV-2 concept. The SUV features large headlights, and a bulged hood that gives it an structured, masculine face. Whereas, the foglight housings and the air intake at the corner also come from the 2016 concept.
The interior focuses on the functionality of the car instead of adding a lot of details to it. To be more specific, the Rexton features a large touchscreen infotainment system that allows you to connect your devices with Apple Carplay and Android Auto. It also has a push start feature as you can see in the sketches. As with the design, the cabin will come in a two-tone trim, which suggests that customers might be able to choose from a number of combinations.
The company has not mentioned engine specifications of this model, but they did say that a range of gas and “clean burning diesel” powertrains will be available.
The Rexton will be in South Korean showrooms within the first half of 2017, which will then be followed by a global release before the year ends.