IT’S all gone incorrect at SsangYong. Unceremoniously dumped by Indian proprietor Mahindra, South Korea’s different automobile agency has filed for chapter owing 315billion gained (£194million).
That’s seven occasions the Squid Game prize money. And we all know how that ended up.
Typically, this fifth-gen Rexton is SsangYong’s best vehicle yet.
Tow-car heaven for readers of Practical Caravan journal. And it wins 4×4 awards by the bucket-load.
Weighing in at 2.4 tons, almost 5 metres lengthy and two metres tall, this behemoth will reliably pull 3.9 tons with 440Nm of torque – whereas possible garnering zero furtive glances within the course of . . . except somebody is struggling to drag their very own caravan uphill.
Based on the Musso pick-up, the shared chassis is a rugged ladder body affair and whereas the engine has been upgraded for extra energy, sadly it pumps much more diesel-based unhealthy stuff into the ambiance.
But – and it’s an enormous butt – it has seven seats, the inside area of a penthouse suite and, with costs beginning at £37,000, it is going to prevent £17k on its nearest rival.
Mind you, rivals are more and more laborious to search out. Since Nissan axed the Pathfinder and Mitsubishi, extra not too long ago, ditched the Shogun Sport and the UK market alltogether, its closest competitor is the much more luxurious Land Rover Discovery.
Exclusively obtainable with a Hyundai-sourced, eight-speed automated gearbox, drivability and on-road dealing with will not be the Rexton’s calling playing cards. They by no means have been. However, with its heavy obligation, low-range, 4 wheel-drive mechanicals, the Rexton will be massively spectacular off-road.
Climb inside, actually, and you’ll discover the plushest SsangYong inside you might have ever seen. The 12in totally digital instrument show appears significantly premium and leather-based is utilized liberally, with extra lively security tech than ever earlier than.
Although the beneficiant center row affords a boatload of area, the seats don’t slide – solely tilt – leaving these within the third row with restricted legroom. Luggage area maxes out at a van-like 1,806 litres and with the third-row seats folded away, you’re nonetheless taking a look at a formidable 649 litres with an adjustable ground for simple loading.
Given the plethora of not-too-big identikit faux-by-four crossovers obtainable right now, the Rexton is an elephant within the room. It refuses to adapt in virtually each class and excels in a couple of.
Offering inside area, worth for money and sheer bodily presence, the brand new Rexton may need been born at a foul time however it ensures, in contrast to SsangYong’s bean counters, you gained’t be caught within the mud needing rescue.
KEY FACTS: SSANGYONG REXTON
Engine: 2.2-litre diesel
Power: 202hp, 440Nm
0-62mph: 11.9 secs
Top pace: 115mph