The SsangYong Rexton has been in our market for quite some time now but it hasn’t particularly made a splash in the segment considering how tough the competition is as it has to compete against already established Japanese manufacturers. Following Tivoli that has set new standards for the compact SUVs, the launch of all new Rexton has announced SsangYong’s revival of the large-sized premium SUVs with traditional SUV values.

As the flagship SUV of SsangYong, the size of the 2017 Rexton has been enlarged compared to previous models, and has been greatly enhanced with a blend of off-road capability, on-road comfort, and refined interior. The all new SsangYong Rexton has a lot to do in order to take over the throne. So are the changes enough to do that?


The all new SsangYong Rexton excels in the styling department from all quarters. The SUV now looks even more muscular and boxier than before. Built on a new ultra-rigid ‘Quad frame’ body, the new Rexton looks impressive with its sheer presence and dynamic lines enough to command good attention. The dynamic and voluminous front-end employs LED daytime running lights, high-intensity headlamps for better night vision, LED fog lights, positioning lamps and directional indicators.

There is a chrome bar that runs high on the grill and slopes down and tucks just under the headlight. The new Rexton also features a welcome feature where the Outside Rear View Mirror (ORVM) folds out while you unlock the car and folds in when you lock it. The locking and unlocking of the new Rexton is made easier with a button on the door handle, this only works when you have the key with you. From the sides, the SUV’s character lines deeply run along the extended body to lend it a beefier look.

The rear of the car has LED rear combination side lights, spoiler with high-mounted LED stop light and LED number plate lights. The smooth A-pillar and the wider D-pillar show a contrast to give a pleasant and yet a strong image. From all angles the car is enhanced by the road-owning 18-inch alloy wheels.

The new Rexton also has a smart tailgate system that automatically opens the tailgate when the driver with the key is in the rear side of the vehicle for approximately three seconds. This comes in especially handy when you are out shopping and can’t get the key out to open the boot. Furthermore, the power sunroof adds that touch of luxury and lets in extra light into the cabin.


The interior has gone through a drastic overhaul and looks nothing like the previous model. Everything about the interior of the new Rexton oozes elegance from advanced climate control and intelligent seating to supervision instrument cluster, keyless start, heated steering wheel and leading-edge infotainment system.

The whole approach to the cabin is to simply make everything around the driver feel wonderfully instinctive and refreshingly enjoyable. While entering the car, the new Rexton will make sure that you won’t step into any puddles or anything similar as the puddle lamp installed under the mirror illuminates the ground. Once inside, you will be generously greeted with quilted black leather trim that looks premium and upmarket.

Both the front seats are electronically adjustable but the driver’s seat has more features. There is a memory function where you can save you preferred driving position so that if someone changes the seating position you don’t have to go through the hassle of trying to find the perfect position all over again and you can get back to you position with a press of the memory button. The driver side seat also has the option to move the seat back when you shut down the vehicle to make it easier to get out of the car.

The supervision cluster displays an ingenious array of essential information and safety features on a large 7-inch LCD screen. It provides quick, easy access to a whole range of important info. Including a whole range of safety warnings such as lane departure warnings, parking sensors, navigation assist, tyre direction warnings and smart power tailgate warnings. The new Rexton doesn’t just offer real advances on-road and off-road, it also offers them on-screen.

The smart audio system comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to connect your smartphone and rear-view reversing camera. It offers excellent connectivity with the mobile device and thus, ensures quality of entertainment and enjoyment while on the move. The new Rexton also provides the highest level of passenger convenience and the largest cargo space in the segment thanks to optimized interior space designing. The largest leg rest area in the segment for the rear and a large interior space ensure highest level of comfort for the passenger.


The new Rexton is one of the strongest and safest cars in its class. It’s packed with a whole range of the latest driver assistance safety tech features. It’s built on a newly developed quad frame made of advanced high-strength steel to provide class-leading safety for passengers and features a comprehensive suite of the latest electronic safety aids.

The SUV has 9 airbags for maximum passenger protection on impact. These include a knee-airbag for the driver and rear passenger side and curtain airbags – safety features normally only found in prestige vehicles. Another feature is the Anti- Rollover protection where the car automatically adjusts the brake force while entering a tight turn to prevent the car from rolling over. The Rexton will flash the emergency lights if it is brought to a sudden stop. The brake assist system will help bring the car to a halt by increasing the brake force in emergency situations.

Hill-descent control makes it safer while going downhill as the car does the braking for you. Hill-start assist will make sure that the car doesn’t roll back while starting on an inclined surface. It also automatically holds the car in place after coming to a complete stop with having to engage the parking brakes or press the brake pedal (This feature has to be turned on each time the vehicle is restarted).

It also has a tire pressure monitoring system that informs the driver if the tires are not running on optimum tire pressure. In case your tire pressure is not right, the car comes with a tire repair kit take make it easier to replace the spare wheel.

Also, the rain sensing wipers start to wipe as soon as it sense rain drops on the windscreen. The new Rexton also takes the safety of children seriously with ISOFIX child-seat mountings to the rear outer seats to ensure that child seats are attached firmly and rigidly.


The new Rexton offers plenty of brawn and brain. It is powered by a 2.2 litre diesel eXDi 220 engine producing 181 PS @ 4000 RPM and of torque from 1600 to 2600 RPMs. This engine is mated to a 7 speed automatic transmission sourced from Mercedes Benz. Although the gear shifts are smooth, at times it takes a while to shift into the right gear when instant power is needed to make an overtaking manoeuvre.

Something that I feel is really lacking in such a feature packed SUV is the availability of paddle shifters, having so much of torque on the tap; it would be really nice if paddle shifters were a part of this car to make full use of the engine potential. The otherwise smooth and not so loud diesel engine does get a little bit throaty over 4000 RPMs but it is something one should expect while pushing cars high in the rev band.

Most people will be driving this massive beast on the road but if you opt to take it off-road, it is equally capable as well with a host of electronic aids to make your journey easy. The 4 wheel drive system is based on SsangYong’s know-how and experience in the 4WD technology. It also has a rotary dial to select the mode which you want to drive in ranging from 2WD, 4WD L and 4WD H.

This can be selected on the fly to make it more convenient. The new Rexton takes every surface in its stride. A smooth combination of double-wishbone suspension at the front and a multi-link independent suspension at the rear enables the car to deliver great ride-quality across a range of terrains – from city roads to serious off-roading.


The new SsangYong Rexton is priced at Rs. 1, 11, 99,000/- for the manual version while the top spec automatic version is priced at Rs. 1,19,99,000/- This pricing makes it a lot cheaper than the top spec versions of its closest competitors which gives it a real advantage.

With all the new changes to make it more premium and plush & with a price tag that is substantially lesser than its rivals, the all new SsangYong Rexton surely makes a strong case for itself! So, if you are in the market for a luxury SUV just above the 1 crore range then the all new Rexton is definitely something that you will have to take a look at!

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