Increasingly, large luxury SUVs are all about image, all about badge-equity, all about fashion. Or at least most of them are. Here's one that's more practically grounded - SsangYong's Rexton.
Of all this South Korean brand's products, the Rexton is probably the one provoking most familiarity amongst UK buyers. That's because it's been around so long - since 2001 in fact, sold in first generation form until 2006 when a second generation version offered much the same kind of solid, practical proposition - and much the same aging 2.7-litre Mercedes diesel engine. A big step forward though, was made in 2013 with the launch of the 'Rexton W', the end letter a designation for this revised model's worldwide remit. That sales challenge was much aided by the installation of a properly modern 2.0-litre e-XDi diesel engine that was fully Euro5-compliant.
It was a package that reawakened customer interest in this car and created a sales momentum that SsangYong hoped would continue when in 2015, they further improved this large SUV with the installation beneath the bonnet of a cleaner, more powerful Euro6-compatible 2.2-litre e-XDi220 diesel. This could be optionally paired to a smoother 7-speed Mercedes-sourced E-Tronic automatic gearbox. The resulting model, merely badged 'Rexton', also featured an updated interior, smarter looks and added extra equipment. In the Autumn of 2017, it was replaced by an all-new third generation Rexton model.
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