It was only a few days ago when South Korea’s fourth-largest car manufacturer teased its new Rexton under the 'Y400' project name: now the large SUV is back in revealing images. The styling doesn’t come as a big surprise, given how the new generation was previewed last year by the LIV-2 concept. As you can easily see in this photo comparison, the similarities between the two cars are more than obvious.
Even though it’s not able to quite match the pizzazz of the preview concept, the all-new Rexton does seem to look more upmarket on the outside than its predecessor. It appears Ssangyong has also dialled the interior cabin’s quality up a notch and there should be plenty of space for the passengers thanks to the generous wheelbase spanning 2,865 mm.
The company is being coy on the technical details, but at least we do know the next-generation Rexton is going to be 4,850mm long, 1,920mm wide, and 1,800 mm tall. It’ll also be lighter than before, as it switches to a new body structure that makes extensive use of high-strength steel.
Inside, it will have a 9.2-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system, which is set to benefit from both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration. Despite the car’s size, parking it should not be much of a hassle thanks to the optional 3D Around View Monitoring (AVM) system providing a look of the SUV’s surroundings via a multitude of cameras.
As far as the oily bits, the new Rexton will be offered with gasoline and new 'clean-burning' diesel engines sending power to the rear wheels or to an optional AWD system.
Ssangyong will host the local debut of the G4 Rexton on Thursday at the Seoul motor show ahead of deliveries beginning in its domestic market in the first half of the year. The global version is scheduled to arrive in international markets by late 2017.
Gallery: 2018 Ssangyong Rexton
SSANGYONG CONFIRMS ITS NEW LARGE SUV TO BE CALLED REXTON
- New large and authentic SUV will deliver style, a great driving experience, high levels of safety and new technology
- New car inherits its flagship DNA from original Rexton
- To be unveiled at the Seoul Motor Show, Thursday 30 March
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 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