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But many core Rexton features remain. It retains body-on-frame construction and comes with a part-time four-wheel drive system that includes low-range for ambitious off-roading.
In the UK, the Rexton be sold with Ssangyong’s updated 179bhp 2.2 litre four cylinder diesel engine with either a six-speed manual or Mercedes-Benz-sourced seven-speed automatic gearbox.
Ssangyong considers the Rexton's key rivals to be the Hyundai Santa Fe and the Kia Sorento, both of which it is priced to undercut. The firm is also aiming the new Rexton at buyers of used, three-to-four-year-old Land Rover Discoverys, with the Rexton's five-year unlimited mileage warranty a further draw.
A major feature of the Rexton’s redesign is a substantial increase in the quantity of high-strength steel used in its body, upped to 81.7% from the previous car's 16.1%.
Ssangyong reckon the bodyshell is stiffer than that of both the Audi Q7 and a Range Rover Sport, and that’s without the addition of a stout chassis that includes extensive reinforcements within its box sections. So, the Rexton should be very robust. Inevitably it’s also quite heavy, weighing in at 2095kg in its lightest form. As a consequence, the manual’s combined 36.2mpg and 204g/km do not compare well with the equivalent Santa Fe’s 46.3mpg and 161g/km nor the Sorento’s 49.6mpg and 149g/km. Both domestic rivals out-perform the Rexton, too.