SsangYong Rexton

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SsangYong Rexton
SSANGYONG G4 REXTON 201706 01.jpg
2nd. Gen. SsangYong G4 Rexton (South Korea)
Manufacturer SsangYong
Production 2001–present
Assembly South Korea: Pyeongtaek
India: Chakan (Mahindra[1]
Malaysia: Pekan (CSSB)
Russia: Naberezhnye Chelny (Sollers JSC); Vladivostok (Sollers JSC, since 2009)
Sri Lanka: Peliyagoda
Designer Italdesign Giugiaro
Body and chassis
Class Mid-size SUV
Body style 5-door wagon
Related Mercedes-Benz M-Class (W 163)
Wheelbase 2,820 mm (111.0 in)
Length 4,720 mm (185.8 in)
Width 1,870 mm (73.6 in)
Height 1,830 mm (72.0 in)

The SsangYong Rexton is a mid-size SUV manufactured by the SsangYong Motor Company since late 2001. It is based on the Mercedes-Benz M-Class (W 163) platform. This vehicle offers standard appointments such as quiet on-road performance, car-like handling, and off-road capability, and can be configured to seat seven people or as a five-seater. The car's design was also styled by Giorgietto Giugiaro's Italdesign studio.

In 2006, the model received style changes, along with more comfort and convenience and was then renamed the Rexton.

In 2014 the Rexton received an update, and in 2016 a new engine and interior.

In 2017 the Rexton was upgraded, with a new 2.0 petrol or 2.2 diesel engine.

First Generation Rexton (2001–2006)[edit]

SsangYong Rexton 2001
SsangYong Rexton 2001 to 2006

The Y200 series Rexton was produced from 2001 to 2006. The car was available only with four-wheel drive and one of three engines: a 2.7-liter 121 kW (162 hp) and 342 N·m (252 lb·ft) common rail diesel, a 2.9-liter diesel and a 3.2-liter 162 kW (217 hp) and 310 N·m (230 lb·ft) petrol engine, all manufactured under license from Mercedes-Benz.

In the summer of 2003, the Rexton was introduced in Europe. Technically, it is based on a slightly extended chassis of the SsangYong Musso. Initially, it was only available with a choice of two engines: a 2.9-liter five-cylinder diesel and 3.2-liter six-cylinder gasoline engine. Both engines were borrowed from the Musso which were licensed from Mercedes-Benz.

The transmission options for the diesel model were originally either a five-speed manual with a gearbox from the American company Tremec or a four-speed automatic with a gearbox from the Australian company BTR Automotive. The petrol model was only offered with the automatic transmission. In 2004, with the introduction of the 2.7-liter XDi diesel engine, a five-speed Tiptronic gearbox (NAG 5G-Tronic provided by Mercedes-Benz) became an optional extra with that engine.

Rexton first facelift (2006–2012)[edit]

SsangYong Rexton 2009
Interior of a Rexton 2007 to 2013

In early 2006, SsangYong unveiled an upgraded Rexton.The vehicle features numerous technologies to reduce carbon emissions, such as a catalyzed diesel particulate filter and a variable-geometry turbocharger. Based on these upgrades, the South Korean government classifies the 2008 Rexton as a low-emissions vehicle, making it eligible for an exemption from a quasi tax related to environmental standards for five years after the purchase of the vehicle.[2] Other improvements include enhanced parking brake technology, a tire pressure monitoring system (as seen on the SsangYong WZ concept car), an electronic toll collection system and a forward collision warning and avoidance system.[2]

In Malaysia, the Rexton was assembled starting in August 2006 by Competitive Supreme Sdn Bhd (CSSB),[3] also the sole importer and distributor of SsangYong vehicles in Malaysia.

In 2008, Project Kahn, famous for tuning luxury and sports cars, presented a modified Rexton 270 SPR at the 2008 British International Motor Show. It was so well received that in 2009, it became part of the British SsangYong range. It features added kit, chrome highlights and a "sportier" interior, but unusually, in the initial models, it does not have a radio/CD player, as it is intended that those that potential customers would want to put their own sound system in. However, the R-Line later gained a Kenwood double-DIN touch screen navigation system with steering wheel-mounted controls. The R-Line also has a more powerful version of the Mercedes 2.7-liter straight-five turbo diesel engine producing 186 PS (137 kW) and 402 N·m (296 lb·ft) torque at 2400 rpm.[4]

Rexton W second facelift (2012- early 2017)[edit]

A revision version called the Rexton W, was released in 2012 by Mahindra & Mahindra of which SsangYong is a subsidiary.[5] The Rexton W introduced the new 2.0-liter XDi diesel engine Euro 5 with standard DPF come from the small Korando, new front grille with new headlights and retuned chassis. The 3.2-liter petrol engine retuned for Euro 5 standard. At the end of 2015, SsangYong introduced to the European market the 2.2-liter e-XDi engine with Euro 6 compliance. This engine is an evolution of the previous 2.0-liter XDi. This 2.2-liter diesel also comes with the Mercedes-Benz 7G-Tronic automatic.[6] It also had updated Interior.

Rexton 2016 with slight facelift .

Second Generation Rexton 2017[edit]

The Rexton 2017 has a 2.0 litre petrol or 2.2 litre diesel, 7-speed automatic or 6-speed manual transmission, and updated interior and exterior design.

Rexton late 2018[edit]

The new second generation Rexton will have the same engines as the 2017.


  1. ^ Mahindra to debut SsangYong Rexton in India on October 17 2014
  2. ^ a b "Ssangyong unveils new cars to rev up sales". Korea JoongAng Daily. 8 February 2010. 
  3. ^ "Company Profile". SsangYong Malaysia. Retrieved 12 December 2012. In August 2006, just over four years after we began our operations, we launched the world's first CKD SsangYong Rexton II that was locally assembled in Pekan, Pahang. 
  4. ^ "SsangYong Rexton R-Line (2009)". Retrieved 21 March 2009. 
  5. ^ 2012 SsangYong Rexton in India first drive
  6. ^ New 2016 SsangYong Rexton

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