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-litre diesel engine, but its maximum output has been raised from 178bhp to 199bhp and its torque increased from 310lb ft to 324lb ft.

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

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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