Due to be previewed in Paris, the next-gen Ssangyong Rexton will be launched in Geneva

The 2017 Ssangyong Rexton has been spotted testing in southern Europe ahead of its first reveal at the Paris motor show next month.

Ssangyong has previewed the 2017 Rexton with its LIV-2 concept.

The large SUV will first be shown in pre-production guise, before its maker launches the finished production model at the Geneva motor show in March 2017.

The latest spy pictures confirm that the Rexton will retain a boxy shape and conventional SUV profile. Despite being covered in heavy cladding, it’s likely the car’s light designs will be influenced by the 2014 Liv-1 concept (shown in the gallery).

Inside, the four-wheel drive will get a new dash layout, likely taking influence from that of the new Tivoli and featuring Ssangyong’s latest infotainment system.

Under the bonnet at launch will be a turbocharged 2.2-litre diesel engine; a turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol is likely to be offered later on.

The four-wheel-drive model will come with driver assist features, such as lane departure warning and autonomous braking.

Ssangyong’s Range Rover-sized SUV will rival the Hyundai Sante Fe when it lands in spring next year with a starting price below £30,000.

The new SUV will spawn a pick-up version in 2018 to rival the Ford Ranger and Toyota Hilux. Available in two different wheelbases and with a choice of two load bay lengths, the model will be powered by the same powertrains as the new Rexton.

New Ssangyong Rexton to lead sales push from 2017

Our Verdict

Ssangyong Rexton

The Ssangyong Rexton gets a refreshed look and far more luxury to go alongside its durability and cheap pricepoint, but overall it remains a determinedly old-fashioned SUV

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24 August 2016
For a car "breaks cover" it sure has a lot of cover on it!

24 August 2016
They are finally getting it style wise. The name 8 think is quite strong here in the UK.

24 August 2016
Interesting it's being touted as a Ssangyong - some of the detail looks decidely VW - roof rails, wheels, window lines - they have 3x new SUVs in development (Tiguan LWB, Cross-blie and Touareg).

24 August 2016
SsangYong could have just tested it undisguised. Based on previous models nobody is going to be copying it.

24 August 2016
The market needs down-to-earth products like these as the antidote to pretentious, pretend-to-be-premium but in reality mass-market JLR products.

I for one wish them well!

24 August 2016
XLR8 wrote:

The market needs down-to-earth products like these as the antidote to pretentious, pretend-to-be-premium but in reality mass-market JLR products.

I for one wish them well!

Me too. I'm encouraged to see a good number of new Tivolis on the road, and it will be good to see what the XAV concept-based model looks like when its introduced. From what I've seen it will be an interesting alternative to the oh-so-dreary generic SUV look that everyone else is adopting.

24 August 2016
XLR8 wrote:

The market needs down-to-earth products like these as the antidote to pretentious, pretend-to-be-premium but in reality mass-market JLR products.

I for one wish them well!

The market does indeed need a range of products to meet different budgets and requirements. No one will begrudge Ssangyong if they can produce a cost effective SUV, especially if they can manage to make the vehicle look half decent. Sadly some of their past vehicles would have been better had the heavy disguise cladding been left on!
But then this is just the pretentious view from a privileged driver of a JLR product!

24 August 2016
Muttering rotters are disappointed to learn that this is a picture of the vehicle without any disguise. Ssangyong has retreated to its styling of previous generations as it wishes to "stay unique" in the car world.

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