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SsangYong Rexton 2017: First test, all information

Manuel Debus
SsangYong Rexton 2017 driving report
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S since 2003 Ssangyong has started the Rexton in Europe, which competed in the SUV middle class with many identical parts of the Ssangyong Musso. Sometimes more, sometimes less successfully, the Rexton has since gone through various model maintenance measures and is currently even experiencing a late spring, the sales figures for the old model have recently risen again significantly. This is where the new Rexton would like to continue seamlessly, which, after its Asian premiere in spring 2017, will now also be available to dealers in Germany.

Manuel Debus
High cooler, clear lines, strikingly shaped surfaces - this is how the Ssangyong Rexton presents itself.

The new Rexton has grown a lot and is now in a league of sizes with Mercedes GLE and Co. The large SUV should also appeal to spoiled buyers in Europe and no longer just be perceived on the 'inexpensive' track means plenty of seat space and a large cargo space for a multi-headed person e family. In any case, the driver can adjust to comfortable, body-hugging seats with plenty of space. In principle, there is also a lot of space in the rear seats, but the bench is mounted a bit low, resulting in strongly angled legs. The rear seats can be folded down asymmetrically, whereby both the backrests and the entire seats can be folded forward. The Rexton relies on a mix of modern technology and traditional operation in the interior. Lots of buttons instead of display-controlled menu navigation, but a high-quality camera system with 3D display as a parking aid, to name an example. The same applies to the technology, where on the one hand many assistance systems are deployed, but on the other hand none, for exampleradar-based cruise control or LED headlights are offered. Also not available: a parking assistant or a start-stop system to switch off the engine at the traffic lights.

Ladder frame remains

The substructure of the Rexton is traditional, because this is where the Koreans rely still on a classic ladder frame. One advantage of this weighty construction is its robustness, even when towing a trailer. With a trailer load of 3.5 tons, the new Rexton can tow a lot, a plus point compared to many of today's SUVs.

Torsten Seibt
The production model made its first appearance at the Seoul Motorshow in spring 2017.

Internally, the model is simply called Y400 and refines the lines that the LIV-1 study presented at the 2013 Seoul Motor Show. The new Rexton is a real statement compared to its predecessor. It is 4.85 meters long, 1.96 meters wide and 1.82 meters high. The wheelbase is specified as 2,865 mm. High cooler, clear lines, strikingly shaped surfaces. Inside a tidy cockpit. Large central display, arranged very high in an exemplary ergonomic manner and flanked by two XXL ventilation nozzles. Underneath, a reduced center console with no surprises. Light and shadow during operation: The simple control of the air conditioning with a large rotary control for the blower works wonderfully in contrast to some 'modern' solutions, but some switches are built quite hidden in places that are difficult to see.

The real one However, a surprise ensues as soon as the electrically operated tailgate swings open. Incidentally, you don't have to wag your foot wildly, as is the case with many competitors, the car recognizes its master waiting behind the flap and automatically opens the gate after a short waiting time. The load space of the Ssangyong Rexton is over 800 liters even with the rear seats up; with the seats completely folded down, the storage space increases to 1,997 liters. So there is enough space for family holidays and bulk shopping.

Classic, functional and clearly structured: The interior of the Ssangyong Rexton.

This is how the new Ssangyong Rexton drives

In addition to the ladder frame already mentioned, there are above all a lot of assistance systems: Brake assist, lane warning and lane assist as well as blind spot warning are available at least at an additional cost, but distance cruise control is currently not available. For the engines, Ssangyong relies on units developed in-house. The new turbo gasoline engine, a two-liter four-cylinder, will not debut with the pickup until 2018. In the Rexton, we will only have the already well-known 2.2-liter diesel with 181 hp, which transmits its power via a six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed automatic.

The diesel does a decent job with the Rexton, which, including all-wheel drive and automatic transmission, has a considerable curb weight of up to 2.3 tons. The four-cylinder copes well with this, however, it accelerates the large SUV quite appropriately, supported by the logical and gently shifting seven-speed automatic. Incidentally, Ssangyong buys them from Mercedes, known there under the name 7-G-Tronic.

During the first few kilometers with the new Ssangyong Rexton, the great progress in noise insulation is noticeable. Special engine bearings, insulation materials and seals reduce engine and rolling noise to a low level of background noise. At a similarly high level is the full-looking suspension set-up, which is not impressed by large or small bumps and offers suspension comfort appropriate to the vehicle class. Curiosity on the side: As a 2WD version, the Rexton has a rigid axle at the rear, the tested 4WD model drives up with a rear independent wheel suspension.

New Rexton: Price from 31,000 euros

Die Very direct steering makes it easy to direct the large SUV precisely, but it leads to a slight nervousness at very high speeds on the autobahn. Not dramatic, but noticeable. However, this remains the only point of criticism of the vote on the first trip with the new flagship, because otherwise the Rexton drives extremely calmly and comfortably.

In Germany, the new Ssangyong Rexton starts in November 2017 at prices from 30,990 euros for the Basic equipment Crystal. The 'Quartz' equipment is offTo have 35,490 euros, the top equipment Sapphire costs from 39,190 euros. The 7-speed automatic is charged with 2,500 euros extra, the switchable all-wheel drive with 2,000 euros. With the other equipment packages such as the nappa leather option, sunroof or 20-inch rims, the threshold of 50,000 euros can be easily reached, which is also a novelty for Ssangyong. In view of the significant jump in price - the predecessor started at around 27,000 euros - they refer to the extended standard equipment. Accordingly, the medium “Quartz” version should be the best-selling model in the future.


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