2016 SsangYong Rexton- 16

The SsangYong Rexton has received a number of updates including a new engine and Mercedes-Benz-sourced gearbox. The 2016 SsangYong Rexton is now available in the UK in four variants the SE, EX, EX automatic and the top-range ELX automatic.

Engine-wise, the Rexton gains a new 2.2 litre turbodiesel that’s Euro 6 compliant, producing 178 PS and 400 Nm from 1,400 to 2,800 rpm. In addition to that, it emits 184 grams per kilometre of CO2, down from 196 grams per kilometre on the previous 2.0 litre mill. The updated SUV claims better fuel consumption figures of 7.1 litres per 100 km on a combined cycle.

Transmission-wise the Rexton comes with the option of a six-speed manual or a seven-speed automatic transmission; the latter, essentially the venerable 7G-Tronic gearbox, is supplied by Mercedes-Benz. For off-road use, drivers can go into low-range that will split torque equally between the front and rear axles. Furthermore, the Rexton has an estimated three-tonne towing capacity.

Apart from that, not much else has changed – the Rexton is still built on a steel ladder chassis and uses a body-on-frame construction. On the SE and EX models, a double wishbone suspension is in front and a five-link rigid axle with coil springs is on the back. The EX automatic and ELX gain a new multi-link rear suspension instead.

The SUV comes in either a five- or seven-seat layout, while the top-range ELX features new items which include 18-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, parking sensors for the front and rear. Inside, a beige and grey leather interior is featured along with a new multifunction steering wheel, heated rear seats, a navigation system and an auto dimming rearview mirror.

In the UK, all variants are available with a five-year unlimited-mileage warranty. The SE is priced at £22,995 (RM147,270) and the EX at £25,495(RM163,280). As for the EX automatic, it goes for £26,995 (RM172,890), while the ELX automatic costs £28,995 (RM185,715).