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Body style: SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle)
Segment: Large SUV

The Korean carmaker SsangYong tried to get a spot between the top off-road carmakers in the world and introduced the first generation of the Rexton in 2001.

With a design signed by Giugiaro and a drivetrain carried over from Mercedes-Benz, it shouldn't be a problem. Yet, it was. Despite its bargain-priced vehicles, the SsangYong couldn't make it too far on the market. Its name was utterly unknown and, moreover, it was more challenging to pronounce.

The Koreans didn't know that if Giugiaro designed some successful vehicles, its design studio was not experienced in the 4x4 market. The result was a car that looked like a station wagon bolted on a chassis. Its body-on-frame construction was not that helpful either against other European SUVs. Its headlights swept back over the front fenders, and the broad chromed grille didn't impress the customers.

Inside, the carmaker tried to offer luxurious packages such as the leather upholstery, the wood trims on the dashboard, door panels, and center stack. It provided an option for seven seats, with jump seats in the trunk. But the interior room was small. It could barely match a compact-sized Skoda Octavia station wagon in terms of cargo space.

Under the bodywork, the Rexton featured a Mercedes-Benz drivetrain. The carmaker offered a choice of gasoline and diesel engines paired to a five-speed manual or a five-speed automatic gearbox. Its two-speed transfer case was an excellent help while off-roading, but its rigid rear axle was not the best solution for a street vehicle.

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SSANGYONG Rexton 2001 - 2006
  2 gasoline engines
  • 2.3L 5MT AWD (150 HP)
  • 3.2L V6 4AT AWD (220 HP)
  2 diesel engines
  • 2.7L Xdi 5MT AWD (165 HP)
  • 2.9L Xdi 5MT AWD (120 HP)

SSANGYONG Rexton 2.3L 5MT AWD (150 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.3L 5MT AWD (150 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
2295 cm3
Power
110 KW @ 5500 RPM
150 HP @ 5500 RPM
148 BHP @ 5500 RPM
Torque
165 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM
224 Nm @ 4000 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
21.1 gallons (79.9 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
106 mph (171 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
12.4 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
235/70 R16H
DIMENSIONS
Length
185.8 in (4719 mm)
Width
73.6 in (1869 mm)
Height
69.3 in (1760 mm)
Front/rear Track
61/60.6 in (1,549/1,539 mm)
Wheelbase
111 in (2819 mm)
Ground Clearance
8.7 in (221 mm)
Cargo Volume
40 cuFT (1133 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3941.9 lbs (1788 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
5621.8 lbs (2550 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
14.9 mpg US (15.8 L/100Km)
Highway
25 mpg US (9.4 L/100Km)
Combined
20.1 mpg US (11.7 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
278.5 g/km

SSANGYONG Rexton 3.2L V6 4AT AWD (220 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  3.2L V6 4AT AWD (220 HP)
Cylinders
V6
Displacement
3199 cm3
Power
162 KW @ 6100 RPM
220 HP @ 6100 RPM
217 BHP @ 6100 RPM
Torque
230 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM
312 Nm @ 4000 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
21.1 gallons (79.9 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
118 mph (190 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
9.8 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-Speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
255/65 R16H
DIMENSIONS
Length
185.8 in (4719 mm)
Width
73.6 in (1869 mm)
Height
69.3 in (1760 mm)
Front/rear Track
61/60.6 in (1,549/1,539 mm)
Wheelbase
111 in (2819 mm)
Ground Clearance
8.7 in (221 mm)
Cargo Volume
40 cuFT (1133 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
4188.8 lbs (1900 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
5621.8 lbs (2550 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
12.3 mpg US (19.1 L/100Km)
Highway
18.5 mpg US (12.7 L/100Km)
Combined
15.7 mpg US (15 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
351 g/km

SSANGYONG Rexton 2.7L Xdi 5MT AWD (165 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.7L Xdi 5MT AWD (165 HP)
Cylinders
L5
Displacement
2696 cm3
Power
121 KW @ 4000 RPM
165 HP @ 4000 RPM
162 BHP @ 4000 RPM
Torque
251 lb-ft @ 2400 RPM
340 Nm @ 2400 RPM
Fuel System
Common Rail
Fuel
Diesel
Fuel capacity
21.1 gallons (79.9 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
110 mph (177 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
13.2 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
235/70 R16H
DIMENSIONS
Length
185.8 in (4719 mm)
Width
73.6 in (1869 mm)
Height
69.3 in (1760 mm)
Front/rear Track
61/60.6 in (1,549/1,539 mm)
Wheelbase
111 in (2819 mm)
Ground Clearance
8.7 in (221 mm)
Cargo Volume
40 cuFT (1133 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
4188.8 lbs (1900 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
5621.8 lbs (2550 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
22 mpg US (10.7 L/100Km)
Highway
31.8 mpg US (7.4 L/100Km)
Combined
27.4 mpg US (8.6 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
228 g/km

SSANGYONG Rexton 2.9L Xdi 5MT AWD (120 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.9L Xdi 5MT AWD (120 HP)
Cylinders
L5
Displacement
2874 cm3
Power
88 KW @ 4000 RPM
120 HP @ 4000 RPM
118 BHP @ 4000 RPM
Torque
189 lb-ft @ 2400 RPM
256 Nm @ 2400 RPM
Fuel System
Direct Injection
Fuel
Diesel
Fuel capacity
21.1 gallons (79.9 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
98 mph (158 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
16.4 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
235/70 R16H
DIMENSIONS
Length
185.8 in (4719 mm)
Width
73.6 in (1869 mm)
Height
69.3 in (1760 mm)
Front/rear Track
61/60.6 in (1,549/1,539 mm)
Wheelbase
111 in (2819 mm)
Ground Clearance
8.7 in (221 mm)
Cargo Volume
40 cuFT (1133 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
4080.7 lbs (1851 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
5621.8 lbs (2550 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
18.8 mpg US (12.5 L/100Km)
Highway
32.7 mpg US (7.2 L/100Km)
Combined
25.3 mpg US (9.3 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
244 g/km
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