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SsangYong Rexton I, II, III & Current Models:

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SsangYong Motor Company

Also called
Micro Rexton (Sri Lanka)


Pyeongtaek, South Korea
Peliyagoda, Sri Lanka

Mid-size sport utility vehicle

Body style
4-door SUV

Mercedes-Benz M-Class
SsangYong Kyron


The SsangYong Rexton is a sport utility vehicle based on the Mercedes-Benz M-Class, initially released in Korea by the SsangYong Motor Company in late 2001. This vehicle offers standard appointments such as quiet on-road performance, car-like handling, and off-road capability, and can be configured to seat seven people or as a five-seater. The car's design was also styled by Giorgietto Giugiaro’s Italdesign studio.

In 2006, the model received style changes, along with more comfort and convenience and was then renamed the Rexton II.

1 Rexton I
2 Rexton II
3 Rexton III 3.1 2010 Rexton
3.2 Rexton W
4 Tuning 4.1 Rexton R-Line
4.2 Intercar RX 400
4.3 S T O R M's Projects S/A
4.4 Rextonhub Projects

Rexton I

The SsangYong Rexton was produced from 2001 to 2006. The car was available only with four-wheel drive and one of three engines: a 2.7 liter 121 kW (162 hp) / 342 N·m (252 lb·ft) common rail diesel, a 2.9 liter diesel and a 3.2 liter 162 kW (217 hp) / 310 N·m (229 lb·ft) petrol engine, all manufactured under license from Mercedes-Benz.

In the summer of 2003, the Rexton was introduced in Europe. Technically, it is based on a slightly extended chassis of the SsangYong Musso. Initially, it was only available with a choice of two engines: a 2.9-liter five-cylinder diesel with 120 hp (89 kW) and 3.2-liter gasoline engine with 220 hp (164 kW). Both engines were borrowed from the Musso which were licensed from Mercedes-Benz.

The transmission options for the diesel model were originally either a five-speed manual with a gearbox from the American company Tremec or a four-speed automatic with a gearbox from the Australian company BTR Automotive. The petrol model was only offered with the automatic transmission. In 2004 with the introduction of the 2.7 litre motor, a 5 speed Tiptronic gearbox (provided by Mercedes-Benz) became an optional extra with that engine.

Rexton II

Also called
Micro Rexton II (Sri Lanka)


Pyungtaek, South Korea
Peliyagoda, Sri Lanka

The Rexton II was released in 2006 as a replacement for the original Rexton. In Malaysia, the Rexton II is assembled by Competitive Supreme Sdn Bhd (CSSB), also the sole importer and distributor of Ssangyong vehicles in Malaysia.

Rexton III

In the beginning of 2010, SsangYong unveiled the upgraded 2010 Rexton. Codenamed the Y300, the vehicle features numerous technologies to reduce carbon emissions, such as a catalyzed diesel particulate filter and a variable geometric turbine turbo charger. Based on these upgrades, the South Korean Government classifies the 2010 Rexton as a low-emissions vehicle, making it eligible for an exemption from a quasi tax related to environmental standards for five years after the purchase of the vehicle.[1]

Other improvements include enhanced parking brake technology, a tire pressure monitoring system (as seen on the SsangYong WZ concept car), an electronic toll collection system and a forward collision warning and avoidance system.[1]

Rexton W

Ssangyong Motor(President & CEO Lee Yoo-il;, a part of the USD 14.4 billion Mahindra Group, unveiled the New Premium SUV, the Rexton W, for the first time at the 2012 Busan Motor Show held at Bexco on May 24. With its modern, sophisticated look and powerful engine, the Rexton W continues the legacy of Ssangyong’s flagship Rexton SUV.

The Rexton W is the third generation of the company’s Rexton family of SUVs -the Rexton and the Rexton II being the first two models with brand slogan of ‘Top 1% in Korea.’ Focusing on customer needs, the Rexton W boasts of a superior on and off-road driving performance and is reborn in a modern and sophisticated style.

The new Rexton W incorporates premium elements, in line with the development concept of ‘performance tells the style of an SUV.’ Equipped with a Korean style diesel engine and a sleek look, the Rexton W offers high fuel efficiency, strong performance, convenience and economy.

For Ssangyong Motor, the Rexton W is the next generation flagship premium SUV with a focus on matching various customer needs with its modern and luxurious styling. Loaded with a high-performance Korean-style diesel engine rejecting meaningless competition for higher horse power, the Rexton W boasts of enhanced driving efficiency and NVH (Noise, Vibration, Harshness) as compared to previous models.

Completed over a period of two and a half years with investment of about 130 billion won for research and development, the Rexton W continues the brand heritage of ‘Top 1% in Korea’. Ssangyong explains that the name Rexton W combines the meaning of a New Premium SUV with a Work of Art (adding initial “W”), improving its world class standards. ▲ The front of the Rexton W represents the harmony between moderated lines and sides, embracing modern style and luxurious charm with its aggressive projection headlamps shaped like the eyes of an eagle. ▲Its side-lines complete the look of stable style connecting the front fender to the rear quarter. ▲The rear design applies practicality to refined dignity, enhancing the sense of balanced finish. The luxurious rear lamps emphasize visibility and distinctiveness with the bar-type tail light guide, a first in the Korean SUV segment.

In addition, the symmetric structure of the Rexton W’s interior combines driving convenience and passenger comfort, matching the dignity of a new premium SUV and bringing its interior space to the luxury level of a top-notch sedan with modern sense.

The center dashboard is simple but luxurious with its combination of splendid chrome lines and silver paint which gives the feel of aluminum to demonstrate modern and unified system elements. By connecting to the power jack on the upper dash, passengers can mount digital devices such as navigation and smart phones, resulting in greater convenience.

In particular, the Rexton W’s e-XDi200 LET (Low End Torque) diesel engine offers high fuel efficiency and quiet NVH with higher performance and reliability. With reinforced middle and low-speed torque, it is optimized for the Korean driving environment, which often features curved roads and mountainous highways. Additionally, cutting-edge Mercedes 5-speed automatic transmission is equipped to guarantee the best driving experience by sensing the driver’s driving pattern and the state of the vehicle.

As a result, the Rexton W offers excellent fuel efficiency of 13.7 km/ℓ(2WD A/T), improved over 20% as compared to the existing Rexton, as well as output performance of maximum 155 ps and maximum torque of 36.7 kg•m, improved over 15%, as compared to existing engines. It also ensures driving efficiency as maximum torque is kept at the engine driving area and is most frequently used during actual driving (1,500~2,800 rpm).

The Rexton W uses a triple-layer steel frame and chassis structure with high rigidity applied, with the best frame production technology achieved by Ssangyong Motor. This helps minimize the impact of vehicle crash on passengers, maximizing safety. ▲ESP (Electronic Stability Program) and ▲ARP (Active Roll over Protection) ▲TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System) ▲UWS (Ultrasonic Warning System) greatly contribute to the driving experience.

The Rexton W also provides key features such as ▲smart key system ▲ eco cruise control system▲ Rain sensor wiper system ▲ECM room mirror & Hi-pass system as well as ▲MP3&WMA music player ▲ Bluetooth audio streaming that enables safe use of mobile phone during driving, guaranteeing best convenience as well as comfort.

Manufactured with attention to detail as well as modern specifications to meet the lifestyle of sophisticated and safety-oriented customers, the Rexton W will be available at Ssangyong dealers across the country through various launch events this June.


The SsangYong Rexton has been tuned by two tuning companies:

Rexton R-Line

In 2008, British car modification studio, Project Kahn, famous for tuning luxury and sports cars, presented a modified Rexton 270 SPR at the 2008 British International Motor Show. It was so well received that in 2009, it became part of the British SsangYong range. It features added kit, chrome highlights and a 'sportier' interior, but unusually, in the initial models, it does not have a radio/CD player, as it is intended that those that potential customers would want to put their own sound system in. However, the R-Line later gained a Kenwood double-din touch screen navigation system with steering wheel-mounted controls. The R-Line also has a more powerful version of the SsangYong 2.7 five cylinder turbo diesel engine producing 186 PS and 402 Nm torque at 2,400rpm.[2]

Intercar RX 400

In 2007, Italian tuning firm, Intercar Design, created a pickup truck version of the Rexton, called the Intercar RX 400. The truck is 6.15 meters long.

S T O R M's Projects S/A

Started from 2010 in Malaysia one German engine tuner offer the upgrading of the Rexton's diesel and gasoline engines to a higher performance and lower run temperature. The original name of the tuning process is "R e C o v e r"

Rextonhub Projects

In Year 2011, ECO map engine tuning has been introduced, it was ecu remaping project by REXTONHUB Malaysia, bring D27DT engine to higher performance and better MPG.