SsangYong rolls out the “brand new”, but really barely facelifted 2021 Rexton

22-10-2020 16:30
SsangYong may want you to believe that the Rexton SUV it unveiled today is “completely new”, but the body-on-frame off-roader is actually little different from its original 2017 version and even less so from the 2019 refresh.

SsangYong may want you to believe that the Rexton SUV it unveiled today is “completely new”, but the body-on-frame off-roader is actually little different from its original 2017 version and even less so from the 2019 refresh.

Novelty on the outside includes a radiator grille, both bumpers and LED-based headlights. 18-inch wheels are included in the base spec, while higher trim levels get larger 20-inch rims. Finally, the badge reverts to its older design in South Korea.

Inside, the joystick-shaped gear selector is switch-by-wire, so you cannot fixate it in a position. The steering wheel now has four spokes instead of three, and the trimming materials are largely new. The standard spec still ships with an analogue dashboard with a tiny inbuilt display and an 8-inch infotainment system. Higher trims benefit from a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a 9-inch central display and satellite navigation. Also on the list are adaptive cruise control, front collision warning, blind zone monitoring, lane keeping assist and safe exit assist.

The 2.2-liter turbo diesel stays the only engine available, but its power grows from 187 to 202 PS (184 to 200 hp; 138 to 150 kW, respectively). The Mercedes-branded seven-speed DSG is no longer there, replaced by a new eight-speed transmission, and the power steering mechanism is now purely electric, rather than hydraulic. The torque can go to the rear axle or both, with a hard coupling on the front axle and a reduction gear.

Editor Andrew Raspopov
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