Just weeks after unveiling the official sketches of the new generation SsangYong Rexton, Korean auto-maker SsangYong has pulled wraps of the SUV, ahead of its public debut at the Seoul Motor Show later this week. The next gen of the SUV is of special importance not only to the brand’s international ambitions but also with the model perhaps making it to Indian shores later in the timeline. As of now, the new gen SsangYong Rexton gets a complete upgrade on all fronts and has joined the automaker’s list of all-new offerings including the Korando, Tivoli and Actyon.
Codenamed as Y400, the new gen SsangYong Rexton has been in the making for a while now and we first saw the glimpse of the model with the LIV-2 Concept showcased at the Paris Motor Show in 2016. The SUV was even marked during cold weather testing. The production-spec version manages to retain the strong lines seen on the concept, with a highly imposing front design. The butch seeing continues to control the SUV with shrill headlights armed with LED DRLs, while a chrome bar running across horizontally-stacked grid connects the headlights units on either side. SsangYong has also retained the distinctive bumper styling from the concept; whereas the side features distinctive creases around the wheel arches and a prominent shoulder line. The other change on the car is the brand’s logo which is now more pointed in contrast to logos on other SsangYong cars. That said, it is now clear if the automaker will be adopting the new logo on its current and future vehicles as well.
New-Gen SsangYong Rexton cabin gets dual tone treatment
Inside, the 2018 SsangYong Rexton’s cabin derives much from the concept, albeit in a dual-tone brown and black colour scheme. There is ample of wood and leather used around, even extending to the dashboard while the remainder of the interior is covered soft touch plastic components. Most prominently, the massive 9.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system takes the center stage with an array of buttons below, while the twin-pod instrument cluster seems to be equally loaded on tech.
SsangYong is likely to power the new generation Rexton with the same engines that were seen on the LIV-2 Concept. So, engine options will include the 2.0 liter GDi turbo-charged petrol engine churning out 225 bhp of power and 350 Nm of peak torque. Diesel power will come from the 2.2 liter turbocharged diesel motor tuned to belt out 180 bhp and 420 Nm of torque. Transmission options include a six speed manual or a seven speed auto gearbox.
While the 2018 SsangYong Rexton will be making its Korean debut soon after the reveal, the model is also expected to make its way to India. However, instead of its home brand, the new gen Rexton will carry parent firm Mahindra’s badge instead. If previous are to be believed, the next-generation Rexton will be Mahindra’s flagship offering and will see certain changes including a revised bodyshell, more in-line with the Indian automaker’s design theme, amidst a few more changes. Codenamed as the Mahindra Y400 in the country, the new Rexton could come to India as early as this year-end of sometime in 2018.
The new generation SsangYong Rexton will lock horns with the Ford Endeavour, Toyota Fortuner, Hyundai Santa Fe, and Chevrolet Trailblazer in the segment; and given the VFM factor that Mahindra cars carry, the model is expected to be around 4 lakh to 5 lakh cheaper than the bestselling Toyota Fortuner.