Rexton enters exec territory
SsangYong is adding a new upmarket version of its Rexton to the line-up for 2015, pitching the brand into new executive territory with a price tag nudging £28,000.
The Rexton is the workhorse that people choose when they want a sturdy SUV capable of towing a trailer or horse box, and now they are treated to the finer things in life too.
This is because the new Rexton ELX gets a number of significant enhancements over the less lavish EX model, including a more upmarket leather-trimmed interior blending shades of beige and grey to encompass the seats and door trims, with matching carpets.
There is also a new multi-function leather-covered steering wheel and updated instrumentation. Other new features include distinctive 18in Diamond cut alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights within the headlamp units, front parking sensors, an auto-dipping rear view mirror, heated rear seats and satellite navigation. There is also a classy new blue metallic finish.
Built on a steel ladder chassis and with an impressive three-tonne towing capacity, the Reston is a serious off-roader and tow-car. Powered by SsangYong’s own 2.0-litre turbocharged e-XDi200 diesel engine (as opposed to one borrowed from Mercedes-Benz) it generates maximum power of 155bhp at 4,000rpm and maximum torque, or pulling power of 360Nm from 1,500rpm to 3,000rpm.
It is specifically designed to achieve low-end torque whatever the conditions, which is a particular attraction to those towing, with a choice of six-speed manual or five-speed Mercedes T-Tronic automatic transmissions.
Generally acknowledged to be among the more competent off-roaders, the Rexton uses a body-on-frame construction for optimum strength, and the vehicle also boasts a sophisticated multi-link rear suspension system to achieve the best ride and handling compromise for driving on and off-road.
Prices start at £22,000 for the standard model, with the new ELX weighing in at £28,000.
SsangYong is claiming that its guarantee is the best in the business. All models are covered by a five-year unlimited mileage warranty, with all the major mechanical components covered including wheel bearings, suspension joints and bushes, steering joints, shock absorbers and even the audio system.
Wearable components such as clutch discs and brake friction materials that could have their life reduced by poor driving are covered for one year or 12,000 miles, and the battery and paintwork for three years.
SsangYong are made in South Korea but the company is three-quarters-owned by the Indian engineering giant Mahindra & Mahindra, which has resulted in massive investment in the brand, the most important development being the impending arrival of the new Tivoli model.
A rival for the Nissan Juke and Qashqai, the first Tivoli to arrive here will be 125bhp petrol versions in early summer, with the 1.6-litre engine mated to a choice of six-speed manual or automatic transmissions.
Power is sent to the front wheels only initially, although the range will gradually evolve, as illustrated by the additional option of a diesel alternative by mid-summer plus the option of four-wheel-drive.
Acceleration is respectable, boasting a 0-60mph time of 12 seconds for the manual model, with economy in the region of 40mpg.
There are expected to be a trio of trim and equipment levels that will ultimately include automatic air conditioning, leather upholstery and a full suite of safety features including half a dozen airbags.
Prices for the UK market range from about £13,000 to a high of around £20,000. Last year the increase in SsangYong’s UK sales was 130%, with total sales of 1,542, compared to just 662 in 2013. So far this year the sales increase is a further 50%.
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