SsangYong Rexton

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SsangYong Rexton
SsangYong Rexton W RX200e-XDi Sapphire (2. Facelift) – Frontansicht (1), 4. Januar 2014, Düsseldorf.jpg
Face lifted SsangYong Rexton RX 200
Manufacturer SsangYong Motor
Also called Micro Rexton (Sri Lanka)
Huanghai Aurora (China)
Derways Aurora (Russia)
Production 2001–present
Assembly Pyeongtaek, South Korea
Peliyagoda, Sri Lanka
Pekan, Malaysia
Naberezhnye Chelny, Russia (Sollers JSC)
Vladivostok, Russia (Sollers JSC, since 2009)
Chakan, India (Mahindra & Mahindra[1])
Designer Italdesign Giugiaro
Body and chassis
Class Mid-size SUV
Body style 5-door wagon
Related Mercedes-Benz M-Class W163
Wheelbase 2,820 mm (111.0 in)
Length 4,720 mm (186 in)
Width 1,870 mm (74 in)
Height 1,830 mm (72 in)

The SsangYong Rexton is a mid-size sport utility vehicle (SUV) manufactured by the SsangYong Motor Company in since late 2001. It is based on the Mercedes-Benz M-Class W163 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 II.

First generation (Y200; 2001–2006)[edit]

Ssangyong Rexton
Ssangyong Rexton, Malaysia (rear)

The SsangYong Rexton first generation 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) / 342 N·m (252 lb·ft) common rail diesel, a 2.9 liter diesel and a 3.2 liter 162 kW (217 hp) / 310 N·m (229 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 with 120 hp (89 kW) and 3.2-liter gasoline engine with 220 hp (164 kW). 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 litre motor, a 5 speed Tiptronic gearbox (provided by Mercedes-Benz) became an optional extra with that engine.

Second generation (Y250; 2006–2012)[edit]

Second generation SsangYong Rexton
Interior of a Rexton II with an optional Kenwood entertainment system

The Rexton second generation was released in 2006 as a replacement for the original Rexton. In Malaysia, the Rexton II is assembled by Competitive Supreme Sdn Bhd (CSSB),[2] also the sole importer and distributor of SsangYong vehicles in Malaysia.


In the beginning of 2006, SsangYong unveiled the upgraded 2006 Rexton. Codenamed the Y250, the vehicle features numerous technologies to reduce carbon emissions, such as a catalyzed diesel particulate filter and a variable geometric turbine turbo charger. 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.[3] 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.[3]

A revision called the Rexton W, was released in India in 2012 by Mahindra & Mahindra of which SsangYong is a subsidiary.[4]


The second generation Rexton had mixed reviews. Nic Cackett of Autocar gave the SUV 1.5 out of 5 stars and stated "The SsangYong Rexton is a big, budget off-roader which feels cheap and crude by modern standards." Top Gear India gave the Rexton a 6/10 saying, "Packed with equipment, at a mouthwatering price. If you want a big soft-roader that won’t eat into your wallet, and you don’t care about snob value, buy this." According to, the Rexton gained 3.5 stars out of 5 by Rexton owners. Common complaints from users were excessively noisy engine and cabin, as well as poor dealership service.[citation needed] While many praised the looks and equipment offered for the price.[citation needed]


The SsangYong Rexton has been tuned by two tuning companies:

Rexton R-Line[edit]

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 SsangYong 2.7 five cylinder turbo diesel engine producing 186 PS and 402 Nm torque at 2,400rpm.[5]

Intercar RX 400[edit]

In 2007, Italian tuning firm, Intercar Design, created a pickup truck version of the Rexton, called the Intercar RX 400. The truck is 6.15 meters long.

S T O R M's Projects S/A[edit]

Started from 2010 in Malaysia one German engine tuner offer the upgrading of the Rexton's diesel and gasoline engines to a higher performance and lower run temperature. The original name of the tuning process is "R e C o v e r"

Rextonhub Projects[edit]

In Year 2011, ECO map engine tuning has been introduced, it was ecu remaping project by REXTONHUB Malaysia, bring D27DT engine to higher performance and better MPG.


  1. ^ Mahindra to debut SsangYong Rexton in India on October 17 2014
  2. ^ "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. 
  3. ^ a b "Ssangyong unveils new cars to rev up sales". Korea JoongAng Daily. 8 February 2010. 
  4. ^ 2012 SsangYong Rexton in India first drive
  5. ^ "SsangYong Rexton R-Line (2009)". Retrieved 21 March 2009. 

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