When the Indian conglomerate, Mahindra bought Ssangyong a lot of people were unsure how this would affect the brand that has grown and endeared itself to car enthusiasts. The new 2017 Ssangyong Rexton follows on the heels of the successful Mercedes-Benz ML which became one of the most popular cars to come out of Korea. The new midsized 2017 Ssangyong Rexton is a mid-sized SUV recently previewed at the Paris Motor show. And is set to b designed specifically to make a serious impact in the US market.
2017 Ssangyong Rexton – Exterior Expectations and Luxurious Interior Design
The 2017 Ssangyong Rexton follows hot on the hills of the Tivoli which was regarded as the ugliest car Ssangyong created but a sturdy one for off-road driving. The car is rugged and looks imposing on the outside. According to the manufacturer, the 2017 Ssangyong Rexton’s design was inspired by aesthetics. That are prevalent in the Korean natural landscape with its mountains and pine trees.
It is also influenced by the traditional Korean art and culture. The end result is a creative, cohesive structure. The stronger exterior has chiselled lines and an overall boldness. It is modern and trendy except for the ladder frame chassis that makes it a little boxy at the back.
The exterior might not be awe-inspiring but the interior of the 2017 Ssangyong Rexton is something exceptional. It is reminiscent of the Mercedes-Benz cabin design in terms of the quality and luxurious finishes. The cabin and front console of the Rexton are impressive, but lagging behind SUVs in its class because of its countless knobs and dials. There is a central touchscreen that could have been used as an instrument panel but it seems to be put there for entertainment. There is a lot of leather, wood and chrome finishes that make the interior look opulent and luxurious.
The 2017 Ssangyong Rexton comes as a five seater and a seven-seater SUV with plenty of room for passengers. You can fold two seats in the third row to get more space in the rear. The 5-seater model has a lot of boot space.
Other features in the 2017 Ssangyong Rexton include eight electrically adjustable seats, automatic climate control, a speed sensitive steering wheel and safety features like front and side airbags. Also, the electronic stability program, active rollover protection, anti-lock braking system and hill assist to mention a few.
2017 Ssangyong Rexton – Engine and Performance
The 2017 Ssangyong Rexton comes with 2.0-litre GDi turbocharged petrol engine mated to a Mercedes –Benz 8-speed transmission. It will also be fitted with a 2.2 –litre diesel engine that is compliant with European regulations. The 2.0-liter engine produces a power of 162 hp with a torque of 340lb-ft and a fuel efficiency rate of 38 mpg. The 2.2-liter diesel engine will have a power output of 178 bhp. The car is expected to be able to go from 0-60 miles per hour in 13 seconds.
2017 Ssangyong Rexton – Price and Release Date
In conclusion, the basic Ssangyong Rexton 2017 model is expected to be priced at $33,000. The vehicle has been well received at the Paris auto show. It is expected to be available in the U.S, the UK and the rest of the world before the middle of 2017.