The SsangYong Rexton, the Korean brand’s rival for the Isuzu MU-X, is getting a boost in power and a fresh face for 2021.
It’s set for a March 2021 launch.
The Rexton’s standard 2.2-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine has been given a bump in power and torque, up 15kW and 21Nm to 148kW of power and 441Nm of torque.
The uprated turbo-diesel is now mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, replacing the old seven-speed.
SsangYong’s teaser page lists fuel consumption at 8.9L/100km, which makes it thirstier than the current car’s combined fuel economy of 8.3L/100km, as well as the MU-X (7.9-8.1L/100km) and Pajero Sport (8L/100km).
Braked towing capacity remains unchanged at 3500kg, besting the MU-X (3000kg) and Pajero Sport (3100kg).
The 2021 update brings a more upscale new grille and revised headlights, along with a new LED tail light signature designed to help the Rexton stand out.
All 2021 Rexton models will continue to come standard with the following safety features:
- Nine airbags
- Autonomous emergency braking
- Blind-spot monitoring
- Lane-departure warning
- Rear cross-traffic alert
- Front and rear parking sensors
The base ELX will come standard with the following features:
- 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with wired Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
- Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter
- Ventilated and power-adjustable front seats
- LED headlights
- Dual-zone climate control
- Keyless entry and start
- Tyre-pressure monitoring
- Automatic high-beam
- 18-inch alloy wheels
The Ultimate adds:
- Surround-view camera
- Leather upholstery
- Wireless phone charging
- Heated steering wheel
- Power tailgate
- Single-pane sunroof
- Illuminated sill plates
- 20-inch alloy wheels
The Rexton has its work cut out for it in a large SUV segment brimming with options.
Last year, SsangYong sold just 323 examples of it, though sales were up 51.6 per cent.
While the H9 is petrol-only, its fellow countryman from LDV offers both turbocharged petrol and diesel engines.
The latter puts out 160kW and 480Nm from its twin-turbo 2.0-litre, putting it closer to the likes of the Ford Everest, though its 3100kg braked towing capacity falls short of the Rexton’s.