SsangYong Confirms Second-Gen Rexton; Its New Flagship SUV
South Korean automaker SsangYong has finally shared a couple of images of the next-gen SsangYong Rexton ahead of its first public debut at the Seoul Motor Show on March 30, 2017. SsangYong had earlier teased this SUV, codenamed the Y400, last week by releasing some official sketches. However, now it has been confirmed as the Rexton. Its first concept, named LIV-1, was showcased at the 2013 Seoul Motor Show. The Mahindra-owned automaker also showcased the SUV's final concept, the LIV-2, at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. This is the first time that the images of the production version of the SUV have been revealed.
The new Rexton still has a body-on-frame construction as the first-gen Rexton and besides being longer, wider and taller, it also has a longer wheelbase compared to the first-gen Rexton. In terms of design, the new Rexton looks quite similar to the LIV-2 concept. It features a large, wide grille, projector headlamps with LED DRLs, black body cladding, big wheel arches and a sloping roof line. Also, the SsangYong logo looks more angular compared to other offerings from the automaker. It has a dual-tone black and brown interior and the dashboard has a 9.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system that supports Apple Carplay and Android Auto. Lots of leather and wood has been used in the cabin.
The new SUV is likely to offer the same engine options as the LIV-2 Concept. There's a 2.2-litre diesel and a 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine on offer. Transmission duties are expected to be covered by a six-speed automatic or a six-speed manual unit.
It will go on sale in the Korean market soon and will be introduced in the UK by the end of 2017. As the first-gen Rexton has been discontinued, and Mahindra is not likely to introduce any SsangYong-badged product in the country in near future, the new Rexton might be sold as a Mahindra product in the Indian market. The India-spec Rexton might be introduced in 2018, featuring some design tweaks and will be placed above the XUV500. Once launched, it will compete with the likes of the Toyota Fortuner and the Ford Endeavour. Mahindra is also working on a compact SUV (codenamed S201) for the Indian market which is based on the SsangYong Tivoli.
Stay tuned to CarDekho as all the details of the new Rexton will be unveiled on March 30, 2017.
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