Previewed by the LIV-2 Concept, the second-generation SsangYong Rexton entered production in 2017 and it’s now time for the Korean midsize SUV to get a facelift.
Likely due at the end of the year or in early 2021, the Rexton facelift was spied undergoing testing in Northern Europe. SsangYong covered up the front and rear ends in thick camouflage, making it impossible for us to see the refreshed design.
Nonetheless, it is expected to follow the traditional recipe for mid-cycle makeovers, meaning headlight and taillight revisions, new bumpers and a tweaked grille – perhaps slightly bigger than its predecessor’s. The Hyundai Santa Fe, Nissan X-Trail and Volkswagen Tiguan rival will probably see the addition of new paint colors and wheels as well.
The interior design is likely to carry over, albeit with a few minor revisions. We don’t have any clear pictures of the cabin yet, but we can expect a software update of the infotainment system for increased responsiveness. The entry-level model should soldier on with an 8-inch screen, with higher-end trims keeping the 9.2-inch display.
Choosing the top grade will still get you high-quality leather, front memory power seats with heating and ventilation, electric tailgate and several safety assist systems. The outgoing Rexton is available with seven seats from the mid-level grade and that should not change with the arrival of the new iteration.
Details regarding the engine lineup are scarce, but the current Rexton comes with a 2.0-liter petrol and a 2.2-liter diesel, depending on the market. The latter makes 181 PS (178 HP / 133 kW) and 420 Nm (310 lb-ft) of torque, and is paired to either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed automatic transmission supplied by Mercedes-Benz.