Ssangyong Rexton facelift, India launch awaited
Despite SsangYong operations moving smoothly, breaking even financially will take a wee bit longer than earlier projected owing to last year’s Supreme Court ruling in South Korea to include bonus salary as part of wages. Ssangyong Tivoli, the company’s first new product after Mahindra took charge is expected to boost overall company sales, so the company can reach set financial targets by 2016. 2016 SsangYong Rexton facelift will launch in India with several updates to its exterior and interior while there will be no mechanical changes.
The new Rexton facelift will be seen with a distinctive new radiator grille and HID projector headlamps with integrated LED daytime running lights while it will sit on a new set of alloy wheels. Interiors will be dominated by a new central console while seats are heated or cooled and the cabin is lit with LED lights. Interiors also sport a new four spoke multifunction steering wheel while safety features include ABS, EBD, tyre pressure monitoring system, rain sensing wipers, keyless entry, cruise control and a new state of the art infotainment system with Bluetooth connectivity.
No mechanical modifications will be seen on the 2016 SsangYong Rexton facelift which continues to be powered by a 2.0 litre diesel and 2.7 litre five cylinder diesel engine or a 3.2 liter petrol engine mated to either 6 speed manual or 5 speed automatic transmission.
2016 SsangYong Rexton facelift will be assembled from CKD kits from the company plant in Chakan. Once launched in the country it will compete against the Toyota Fortuner which is also offered with a 2.5 liter engine. New Ssangyong Tivoli 7 seater crossover could also launch in India by the end of 2015. Ssangyong global sales in 2014 stood at 141,047 vehicles.