SsangYong Motors UK has introduced the new 21-model year SsangYong Rexton into the UK market. The Rexton facelift boasts a new look front end and a revamped rear and changes to its drivetrain too – with a more powerful engine and the introduction of a new 8-speed automatic transmission.
The Rexton powertrain employs a newly uprated 2.2 litre turbo diesel engine manufactured by SsangYong, which now delivers maximum power of 199 bhp and maximum torque of 325 lb ft. The e-XDi 220 engine achieves a CO2 emission level of 225 (WLTP), economy of up to 32.9 mpg on a combined cycle (WLTP) and achieves 0-62mph in 11.9 seconds.
The Rexton is now equipped with an all-new 8-speed FR-type automatic transmission produced by Hyundai Transys – also supplied to Genesis, Hyundai, and Kia. Its improved weight and efficiency delivers reduced noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH), thanks to wider gear ratios and a pendulum damper. It has an advanced shift-by-wire (SBW) system by which the transmission modes are engaged/changed through electronic controls without any mechanical linkage between the gear shifting lever and the transmission.