Rexton. Sounds a bit ‘Texas’ doesn’t it? You can imagine the ‘Rexton Suite’ at a five-star Houston hotel - all gilt-edged, power operated and BIG. Lots of white leather, too. Is this, then, a tough Texas-like 4x4? Or is it just a ladder-framed off-roader, masquerading as an SUV and fighting for a space on the school run, with a name that’ll have schoolboys sniggering?
Any SUV worth its lofty driving position has to score in the high-street fashion stakes. Ssangyong, - or rather Guigiaro - has avoided the overwrought and ugly styling that afflicts many of its rivals and created a shape that is distinctive yet attractive.
Built on a traditional ladder-frame chassis rather than any new-fangled monoque, the Rexton has low and high gearbox ratios and diesel variants can run with only one axle powered: switchable while on the move. Together with decent-looking approach and departure angles, it looks a bit useful off-road.
Using the old Mercedes-Benz lump up front may give buyers reassurance as to its longevity, but 189lb ft of torque from a 2.9-litre five-cylinder motor is a bit feeble. The Land Rover Discovery’s Td5 engine develops 220lb ft from 2.5 litres.