The 2018 SsangYong Rexton first broke cover earlier this year with a completely new look as part of the company’s efforts in renewing brand identity. It’s also SsangYong’s flagship seven-seater model, slotting above the Tivoli and upcoming Korando, which will also be a seven-seater model.

The Korean-made SUV is powered by a 2.2 litre turbodiesel engine (e-XDi220) that’s developed in-house, producing 181 PS and 420 Nm of torque. This is paired to either a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic transmission (the latter sourced from Mercedes-Benz), and a rear-biased all-wheel drive system. SsangYong claims that the Rexton has best-in-class for approach and departure angles of 20.5 degrees and 22 degrees respectively.

In terms of suspension, the front receives double wishbones whereas the rear settles for a 10-link independent suspension. It weighs between 2,095 kg to 2,233 kg depending on trim levels and has a towing capacity of 3.5 tonnes.

The cabin on the other hand, appears to be rather premium, especially with the quilted Nappa leather upholstery seen on the upper section of the seats, door cards and lower dash. It comes with either a 8.0-inch or 9.2-inch touchscreen, both supporting Apple CarPlay and Android Auto with mirroring function as well as reverse camera.

As for equipment, the range-topper (Rexton Ultimate) comes with 20-inch alloy wheels, HID headlamps, LED fog lamps with cornering function, interior mood lighting, three-dimensional around-view monitoring, lane change assist, blind-spot detection, rear-cross traffic alert, heated and ventilated seats and a ‘smart’ electronic tailgate.

Prices in the UK start from £27,500 (RM154k) to £37,500 (RM210k) for the full-spec Rexton Ultimate. Liking what you see here, guys? Do you think SsangYong Malaysia should make a comeback with this? Comment below!