South Korean manufacturer promises to undercut rival SUVs with its low, low prices.

South Korean manufacturer Ssangyong has released the details of its all-new Rexton, which will go on sale this autumn. 

Prices for the new car will start from £27,500 on the road for the entry-level EX model. 

The new 4x4 is powered by a 2.2-litre turbodiesel engine built by Mercedes that produces 179bhp and 310lb ft torque. It’s available with a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic transmission. 

The Rexton goes on sale in October 2017 and will be available in three trim levels – EX, ELX and Ultimate.

New 2018 Ssangyong Rexton revealed
New 2018 Ssangyong Rexton revealed
New 2018 Ssangyong Rexton revealed

Front and rear LED lights come as standard, as well as fog lights with cornering feature built in, and the Rexton is available on 17-, 18- or 20-inch alloy wheels. 

Cars in ELX and Ultimate trim get heated front seats, an eight-way adjustable powered driver’s seat and six-way adjustable front passenger seat, and Ultimate models spoil the driver with a ventilated front seat. 

Apple Carplay and Android Auto come as standard on the Ssangyong infotainment setup, as well as DAB radio and a reversing camera. The entry-level model gets an 8-inch screen, which is upgraded to a 9.2-inch screen with TomTom navigation in ELX and Ultimate trims.

New 2018 Ssangyong Rexton revealed
New 2018 Ssangyong Rexton revealed

The Rexton comes in five- or seven-seat configuration, with the middle row folding 60/40 and the rearmost seats splitting 50/50. Ssangyong says the level of flexibility on offer gives the car one of the largest load spaces in its segment. 

ELX and Ultimate cars also deliver dual-zone air conditioning to all three rows of seats, which come with USB sockets and 220V/115V inverter.

Standard safety equipment includes brake assist, electronic brake force distribution and ABS, traction control, active rollover protection and an emergency stop signal, as well as forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, high beam assistance and traffic sign recognition.

New 2018 Ssangyong Rexton revealed

The Rexton gets Ssangyong’s new corporate grille that was introduced on the Tivoli model. The manufacturer describes its new corporate grille design as resembling ‘the spread wings of a bird in flight’ – presumably one that’s about to be hit by the Rexton on the motorway. Nevertheless, styling is much improved on previous-generation models. 

Ssangyong is keen to promote the 4x4 capability of the new Rexton, which comes with hill-start assist and hill descent control to aid off-road driving. The Rexton is also expected to be rated with a towing capacity of 3,500kg, but this is still to be officially confirmed by the manufacturer. The 2,095-2,233kg kerb weight of the Rexton gives extra flexibility to anyone looking to tow a caravan up to the 3,500kg maximum authorised mass.

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Ssangyong Rexton

Base Price £27,500-37,500
Engine 2.2-litre turbodiesel
Drive Type Part-time 4WD
Transmission Six-speed manual; seven-speed auto
Fuel Economy 36.2mpg, 204g/km CO2 (EX)
Top Speed 115mph
Weight 2,095-2,233kg
Towing 3,500kg braked
Cargo Volume 820 litres seats up; 1,977 litres seats down (five seat model)

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