The new 2018 Ssangyong Rexton will launch in Australia in November with the Korean car maker boasting it’ll “provide a new benchmark for large SUVs in Australia”.

SSANGYONG is making a full-blooded return to Australia with the Rexton set to launch here in November and the Musso and Tivoli joining it. No pricing or final specification has been announced.

“Australia’s desire for SUVs continues to grow and we are confident the new Rexton 7-seater will be a hit with families wanting a combination of performance, safety and outstanding value for money,” said SsangYong Australia Managing Director Tim Smith.

“The new Rexton is tailor made for Australian customers, offering a prestige SUV loaded with the latest technology for minimum investment.

“Rexton is proof that SsangYong is a company ready to make its mark in Australia and demonstrates that the company is Korea’s SUV specialist.

“Previous customers are in for a very pleasant surprise, while new customers will be astonished by the quality evident in the new Rexton,” said Mr Smith.

2018 SsangYong Rexton with 2.2-litre turbo diesel matched to 7-speed Mercedes-Benz transmission.

The Rexton will enter the large SUV segment up against the likes of the Ford Everest, Land Rover Discovery, Toyota Prado and more. It offers “genuine” seven-seat capability with low-range and “true off-road capabilities”. The Rexton gets both a petrol and diesel engine with the diesel mated to a seven-speed automatic from Mercedes-Benz and the petrol getting a six-speed automatic.

2018 SsangYong Rexton with 2.2-litre turbo diesel matched to 7-speed Mercedes-Benz transmission.

All Rextons will be standard with seven seats, the second-row seats are split 60:40 with a 50:50 split for the third-row seats. Fold all the seats and there’s up to 1800 litres of storage; Ssangyong claims even with the third-row in use there’s still storage space for four golf bags.

In terms of safety, Rexton offers seven airbags and come standard with Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and High Beam Assist (HBA). The range-topping Ultimate gets 360-degree camera and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA).

Question: Will the Rexton have what it takes to woo buyers from the existing large SUVs?


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