2020 isn't exactly smooth sailing for Ssangyong. But despite that, the South Korean automaker is still pushing hard to roll out new crossovers and SUVs. Ssangyong's most significant launch this year is the all-new Rexton, and they're pulling out all the stops for this model.
For 2021, the mid-size SUV gets new sheet metal, along with new lights and a reworked front end. The new Rexton gains a new hood with a more prominent bulge, along with redesigned headlight clusters to bring it up to date. It also follows the trend of big grilles, with a wider and bolder design. For a wider-looking stance, Ssangyong also gave the bumper more defined corners, along with more intakes to complete the look.
The widened theme continues to the sides with its fender flares bulging outwards instead of inwards. There are new wheel options for 2021, along with more chrome trim pieces. That said, the windows appear the same as the current model with its kicked-up third window at the back. As for the rear, the taillights have a new LED pattern, along with a new bumper.
Inside, it's largely carried over, although there is a new steering wheel. It now has a four-spoke design instead of a three-spoke in the current Rexton. There are also more interior color options, as well as a redesigned electro-mechanical gear selector. But the most significant update here is the cruise control. The Rexton is available with semi-autonomous adaptive cruise control, which includes automatic emergency braking and low-speed follow.
As for the engine, Ssangyong isn't putting out figures yet, but it is likely to be the same 2.2-liter turbodiesel from before. That engine makes 187 PS and 422 Nm of torque, and it sends all of that with a seven-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel-drive is standard, with all-wheel-drive being an option.
What are the odds of it coming to the Philippines? Given that Ssangyong Philippines offers the Rexton locally, there is a good chance of it landing here. Think of it then as a South Korean alternative to the Toyota Fortuner and Nissan Terra. As for the launch date, that's all up to the local distributor, and it might take a while before we see it in local showrooms.