2021 SsangYong Rexton updated and gains more power

Rugged seven-seater given makeover, more powerful engine and new eight-speed gearbox in mid-life facelift

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SsangYong has upgraded the power output of the Rexton as part of an update that also included a number of styling changes and the introduction of a new eight-speed gearbox.

The Korean firm’s rugged seven-seat SUV retains a 2.2-liter diesel engine, but its maximum output has been raised from 178bhp to 199bhp and its torque increased from 310 lb-ft to 324 lb-ft.

SsangYong says the system is tuned to deliver strong low-end torque, resulting in a 0-62mph time of 11.9 sec.

The revised engine is twinned with a new eight-speed automatic gearbox, produced by Hyundai Transys, which SsangYong claims reduces weight and vibrations while improving efficiency.

The Rexton retains a selectable four-wheel drive system that includes high and low-ratio modes and off-road settings.

The car can achieve 32.2mpg on the WLTP combined cycle, with official CO2 emissions of 225g/km. It also has a towing capacity of 3500kg and has gained a new Trailer Sway Control feature to improve towing stability.

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