SsangYong Rexton W SUV is a revised version of the third-generation car, featuring numerous interior and exterior changes over the outgoing model. With prices starting at £21,995 for the entry-level SX model, the Rexton W remains the cheapest seven-seat 4x4s currently available.
A thoroughly retouched exterior includes new raked back headlights, a restyled grille and revised front bumper. The new image is more purposeful and replaces the rather lifeless styling of the outgoing Rexton. Yet prices in the UK remain the same at £21,995 for the entry-level SX and £24,495 for the generously equipped EX model, while an automatic gearbox in the EX will cost you a further £1,500.
This third-generation model uses the same 153bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged e-XDi200 diesel engine as you’ll find in the current Rexton W and is underpinned by what is essentially an old Mercedes M-Class. Maximum torque of 360Nm is available from 1,500rpm and will provide enough pulling power for a three tonne load. There’s also a choice of a six-speed manual and five-speed Mercedes-Benz T-Tronic automatic transmissions, plus a low range gearbox for tackling tougher terrain.
Inside, the visual tweaks continue with aluminium-effect and chrome interior finishes along with the use of more soft-touch materials. Both SX and EX models come with seven seats as standard plus, cruise control, air conditioning, electrically operated and heated mirrors, leather steering wheel, iPod compatibility and Bluetooth. The EX model gets additional privacy glass, sunroof, rear parking sensors and leather upholstery.
The incredibly low prices means the SsangYong doesn’t have any direct rivals as such, but the manufacturer is targeting second hand 4x4 buyers, who for the same money as an entry-level Rexton W could get their hands on a four-year-old Land Rover Discovery. Another customer base for SsangYong is likely to be buyers who don’t want the hassle and risk of buying a second hand car but still want good value for money.
Due to go on sale at the end of 2013, the brand predicts it can sell roughly 700 Rexton Ws in its first full year with the range-topping EX model with the automatic gearbox likely to be the most popular choice.