The 2017 SsangYong Rexton which is set to make its world premiere at the Paris Motor Show in October has been caught testing somewhere in Asia. The current gen model which is based on the old ML class has gotten long in the tooth.
Likely to be based on a new platform, the Rexton will be the second major product to be launched by SsangYong after it came under Mahindra’s umbrella (Tivoli and XLV are derivatives of one platform).
The new Rexton appears to be inspired by the LIV-1 concept.
Going by the South Korean automaker’s several design studies over the past few years, we can expect the exterior styling to have absolutely nothing in common with the outgoing car. The basic design direction is expected to be based on the LIV-1 concept which was unveiled in 2013.
The Rexton will be edgier with more expressive sheet metal surfaces than the current car. The interior, as seen in the spyshot, plusher seats, new dashboard and centre console. It’s reasonable to expect a high-end touchscreen infotainment system, dual-zone automatic climate control, automatic headlamps and rains sensing wipers.
The new SUV features an all-new interior.
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The 2017 SsangYong Rexton is likely to be powered by an improved version of the existing Mercedes-derived 2.2-litre diesel engine. A new 2.0-litre petrol engine is also expected to join the lineup. Rexton is the only SsangYong model to be marketed in India. We expect the new gen premium SUV to be launched here sometime in the second half of 2017.