SsangYong To Launch All-New Rexton in 2017

SsangYong is preparing an offensive with new models, and the flagship Rexton is set to receive a replacement next year.
2016 SsangYong Rexton 2.2 - UK model 1 photo
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The information comes straight from CEO and President of SsangYong, Jon Sik Choi. Mr. Choi announced the news in an interview with the Brits at AutoExpress, along with plans to refresh the entire range of the Asian automaker.

The 2017 Rexton is also expected to receive an all-new engine, a 2.0-liter GDI turbo unit with a yet unspecified output. The latter will be developed with the aid of SsangYong’s current owner, the Indians at Mahindra&Mahindra.

The upcoming Rexton is set to be showcased in production form in the middle of 2017, while sales are scheduled to start later in the same year. The design of the all-new Rexton will be “very much based on the Y400,” says the brand’s CEO and President.

For those of you that are not SsangYong enthusiasts, meaning most of you, the Y400 is a concept car that showcases a large SUV.

The design language implemented on the Y400 will be applied to the all-new Rexton. Along with the new look, the Rexton will get more features, including updated technology. The upgrades brought to the Rexton model will lead to an upmarket move, which will include a price increase. According to the brand’s CEO, the car will be “much more competitive” even with the price increase.

The all-new Rexton will not be the only thing that will be refreshed in the SsangYong range, as the company is also planning a Korando successor. Just like its big brother, the Korando will get a new platform, this time sourced from the Tivoli. The two new models will be joined in the range by a pick-up.

Once these three models reach the European and Asian markets, SsangYong wants to ramp up production to over 200,000 units a year. In 2015, SsangYong sold less than 100,000 units, so achieving the new objective is an ambitious task. Over the years, the company ponders changing its name before entering the US market, where it admits it does not stand a fair chance with the current name.
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