SsangYong continues to make strides back into South Africa and with them come the introduction of the latest Rexton range.
Rexton W to bolster SsangYong
The facelifted Rexton was launched in South Korea in May 2012 although, unlike its successors launched in 2001 and 2006 respectively, it now has a “W” for “world class” or “work of art” to its nomenclature.
CEO of Mahindra SA, which distributes the brand, Ashok Thakur, said: “The addition of the Rexton W to the existing SsangYong line-up in South Africa, being the Korando C-segment SUV and the recreation-focused Actyon Sport double-cab, not only broadens our potential customer base but also contributes to dealer viability and overall brand awareness.”
The Rexton W is defined by SsangYong as "a true premium mid-sized 4x4 SUV” and is now available through the 22-dealer network at R349 995 for the five-seat model and R389 995 for the seven-seater. Each is powered by a 2.7-litre turbodiesel engine that generates 121kW at 4000rpm and 340Nm of torque at 1800rpm.
The Rexton W is suitable for all road and off-road conditions, driving the rear wheels in two-wheel mode, although it also has a low-range gearbox for when it is required. It also has a towing capacity, SsangYong said, up to 2.7 tons.
The standard model comes with a five-speed manual gearbox, the seven-seater with a five-speed auto sourced from Mercedes Benz.
Physical changes include upgrades to both the exterior and interior of the Rexton. New front and rear bumpers, a new grille, indicators integrated into the wing mirrors, new front fog lights and 18” alloy rims are some of the changes.
The cabin gets a multi-purpose steering wheel, audio system with MP3 capability and six speakers, plus standard Bluetooth for hands-free cellphone operation, along with climate control and rear pack assist.
The deluxe model adds leather seat trim and cruise control.
Safety features range from a high-tensile steel chassis frame and collapsible steering column to anti-lock brakes and air bags.
The Rexton W is offered in a choice of four exterior colours, white, silver and two shades of grey, and is covered by a three-year or 100,000km warranty with roadside assistance and a five-year or 90 000km service plan. Service intervals are at 15 000km.
Rexton Standard – R349 995
Rexton Deluxe – R389 995.