Ssangyong say the new Rexton is robust and dynamic, offers the option of RWD or 4WD, comes with excellent driving dynamics on and off road, is strong and light and has great towing ability and much attention to NVH.
The Indian company also said it plans to invest 1 trillion won ($894.8 million) more in SsangYong, as it sees further growth potential in the SUV market. Mahindra and Ssangyong have also developed an all-new engine family together, which will power their future range of vehicles. Mahindra would be licensing it from Ssangyong. The company sold a total of 155,844 units and posted revenue of 3.6285 trillion won (Rs 21,122 crore), an operating profit of 28 billion won (Rs 163.38 crore), and a net profit of 58.1 billion won (Rs 339 crore), turning to profits after nine years, since 2007. Mahindra will launch their new SUV based on the 2017 Rexton G4 in India most likely by the end of 2017 or at the Auto Expo 2018.
Borrowing styling cues from last year's LIV-2 Paris motor show concept, the new Rexton measures in at 4850mm long, 1920mm wide and stands 1800mm tall.
SsangYong says the new Rexton will be tough underneath, as its structure is made from 1.5Gpa giga-steel. "The new platform will fulfill the core role for realizing mid- to long-term strategy along with the Tivoli platform". It will be powered by both petrol and new clean-burning diesel engines, details of which are still to be announced.
Photos show a much-improved interior design with leather upholstery, while Apple CarPlay will also be available.
The new auto will be the flagship model in SsangYong's range, positioned above the new Korando and an upcoming seven-seat SUV that was previewed by the XAVL Concept at this year's Geneva Motor Show. With a front mounted engine, rear-wheel drive and 4×4, Rexton will be a class-leading contender.
To help park there's also a 360° camera system. In truth, they haven't got there yet, but this new Rexton looks quite promising. This wide interior ensures the highest levels of comfort for passengers, and the only model in its segment that can carry rear seat passengers and four golf bags in the boot.
An advanced infotainment system is installed in the vehicle, and includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto with device mirroring, with everything including navigation displayed in HD on a wide 9.20-inch screen.