A fresh restart for the Rexton nameplate

The 2019 SsangYong Rexton has been released with optimism from SsangYong Australia that it will do much better in the market than its predecessors did in the past.


The 2019 Rexton is a seven-seat SUV with body-on-frame construction, part-time-4WD and low-range gearing. It is powered by a 2.2-litre, turbo-intercooled diesel engine, delivering claimed maximum power of 133kW and maximum torque of 420Nm.

The only transmission is a seven-speed Mercedes-Benz automatic.

A 2WD petrol-engined model is also available, powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine, delivering 165kW of power and maximum torque of 350Nm, coupled to a six-speed Aisin automatic gearbox.

The Rexton measures 4850mm in length, 1960mm wide, 1825mm high and has a 2865mm wheelbase.

Its projector headlight units also house daytime running lights, LED fog lights with cornering beams and side and indicator lights.

The rear has LED combination side lights, air spoiler with high-mounted LED stop light and LED number plate lights.

Seat coverings include high grade nappa leather trim, with quilted nappa leather seat and interior trim on the top of the range model.

The second row seats split 60:40 with a folding centre armrest, giving access to the third row of seats that fold 50:50.

This seating combination gives greater passenger and load flexibility, equipping the car with one of the largest load spaces in its segment: more than 1800 litres.

Rexton is said to be one of the strongest vehicles in its class, thanks to its robust, body-on-frame build. The car is stiffer than many monocoque-built competitors in this category, SsangYong claims.

It usesQuad-Frame structure, using 1.5Gpa-grade ultra-strength steel - a claimed world first.

Rexton has six airbags, including full-length side curtain airbags and comes standard with Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and High Beam Assist (HBA).

The ELX and Ultimate add two rear side airbags and a driver's knee airbag, Blind Spot Detection (BSD), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) and Lane Change Assist (LCA).

The range-topping Ultimate adds a 360-degree camera and speed-sensitive steering.

Electronic safety aids now accepted as important standard equipment include brake assist, electronic brake force distribution and ABS, traction control, active rollover protection and an emergency stop signal.

It also features electronic safety aids for driving off road: hill start assist and hill decent control.

Double wishbone suspension is fitted up front and 10-link independent suspension at the rear.

The new Rexton has a rated towing capacity of 3.5 tonnes.

The advanced infotainment system includes DAB radio, Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto. A high-resolution rear view-reversing camera displays on a large 203mm screen.

The top of the range Rexton also gets 3D, 360-degree monitoring to provide a clear view of the area surrounding the car, as well as rear cross traffic alert.

Other features include a Supervision instrument cluster with a sizeable 178mm LCD display for driver information and a 'smart' electronic tailgate on the top-specification model.

Like every model in the SsangYong Australia range, the Rexton comes with a comprehensive seven-year, unlimited kilometre warranty, seven years' roadside assistance and seven years' service price menu.

Pricing at launch for the 4WD models was $46,990 for the ELX an $52,990 for the Ultimate.

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