First pictures: Ssangyong Rexton

2017 Ssangyong Rexton

 

Ssangyong has revealed the new Rexton SUV at the Seoul Motor Show.

Tipped to be on sale in the UK in late 2017, the Rexton will be available with a 2.2-litre diesel engine and a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol unit. The former will be mated to a Mercedes seven-speed automatic gearbox and the latter paired with an Aisin 6-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy and CO2 figures have yet to be revealed.

At 4,850mm long, 1,920mm wide, 1,800mm high and with a 2,865mm wheelbase, it will be among the larger budget and mainstream SUVs on the UK market.

The Rexton will be rear-wheel drive under normal conditions but the front wheels will kick in when required. The four-wheel drive system will also have high and low ratio gearing for on and off-roading.

The manufacturer claims the Rexton will be “one of the safest cars in its class”, as it will include nine airbags and uses what the company describes as “a world first” type of high-strength steel.

Active safety features will include autonomous emergency braking, lane change assist, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot detection and a front vehicle start alarm, while 3D around-view monitoring will also be available.

Other equipment will include an infotainment system with Apple Carplay and Android Auto, automatic locking doors, dual-zone climate control and a tailgate that opens automatically when holding the key next to the car for more than three seconds.

Ssangyong said it plans to add more SUV a pick-up and an EV to its range: “We plan to build a full line-up of SUVs by introducing a new product every year over the next few years, including a brand-new pick-up truck. We will also focus our resources on creating further growth by developing an EV and other eco-friendly vehicles for the future,” said the firm’s CEO, Johng-sik Choi.

Prices will be announced closer to the Rexton’s on-sale date.