Ssangyong has revealed details of its facelifted, Australian-specification 2021 Rexton seven-seat large SUV ahead of a March on-sale date.
Local specs were released on the company’s Australian website, detailing a two-variant range and updated specification to combat large SUV rivals such as the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, Ford Everest and Toyota Fortuner.
The local line-up drops the previous base-model EX, soldiering on with just the once-mid-level ELX and range-topper Ultimate variants.
Did SsangYong rush its Australian relaunch?
Pricing is still to be revealed, although we expect it to mostly match the outgoing Rexton ELX which sold for $46,990 driveaway, with the Ultimate grade costing an extra $6000 at $52,990.
By way of comparison, the 2021 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport range begins at $47,490.
The updated Ssangyong Rexton ELX kicks off the line-up with dual-zone auto climate control, ventilated front and rear seats, front and rear fog lights, 18-inch alloy wheels, an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and power adjust front seats.
The Ultimate features all of the above, but also adds a 360-degree surround view camera, heated steering wheel, sunroof, leather seats, wireless phone charging, 20-inch chrome wheels and illuminated scuff plates.
Common to both variants is a suite of safety features including autonomous emergency braking, lane-departure warning, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, hill descent control and driver attention monitoring.
Additionally, both the ELX and Ultimate are powered by a single 2.2-litre turbocharged diesel engine, producing 148kW/441Nm. These figures are 15kW and 21Nm up from its predecessor’s powerplant.
The engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, which provides power to a selectable four-wheel-drive system.
Fuel consumption is listed at a claimed 8.9L/100km on the combined cycle.
Ssangyong also says the ladder-frame chassis “provides a substantial towing platform capability of 3.5 tonnes.”
The South Korean manufacturer is currently in some strife on its home turf, after filing for bankruptcy late last year.
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