SsangYong Philippines has just unveiled the facelifted “2020.5” SsangYong Rexton. This three-row body-on-frame SUV prides itself in being developed as an SUV first rather than being based on a pick-up. And that in itself brings a number of advantages to SsangYong’s traditional pickup-based passenger vehicle (PPV) rivals.
For this “2020.5” update, the most prominent exterior change is the new mesh grille. Apart from that, the Rexton’s handsome design remains largely the same. It still features strong lines, bold creases, and an imposing front end, Automatic HID headlights with LED daytime running lights, 20-inch chrome alloy wheels, and LED foglights comes as standard for the 4×4 variant. The 4×4 Rexton also features a smart automatic power liftgate which opens automatically if you stand next to it for a couple of seconds.
The 2020.5 Rexton’s plush and premium interior remains largely unchanged, though a new set of LED ambient lights on all variants uplift the premium vibe even more. Leather upholstery, electronic adjustable front seats, and heated front and rear seats are standard on all variants. Moving up to the 4×4 variant adds cooled front seats, plush brown quilted leather upholstery, and a sunroof. For everyone’s infotainment needs, an 8-inch touch screen infotainment system is standard, and it also comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Additionally, power-hungry devices can be charged through a 220V outlet at the second row seats.
SsangYong is also particularly proud of the new smart key fob design for the 4×4 variant. Apart from the usual lock, unlock, and remote tailgate opening, this new key fob now lets you turn on the headlamps to help you find your Rexton much easier in dark places.
Under the hood of the Rexton is the same 2.2-liter inline-4 turbo diesel engine found in the Musso pick-up, producing 181 hp and 420 Nm of torque, with power sent through either the rear (for the 4×2 variant) or all four wheels (for the 4×4 variant) via a 7G-Tronic 7-speed automatic transmission from Mercedes-Benz. In case you’re still not aware, SsangYong has a long-standing partnership with Mercedes-Benz for quite a while now.
In terms of safety, the SsangYong Rexton has dual SRS airbags, electronic stability control, and a reverse camera for the 4×2 variant, while the 4×4 variant has six airbags.
SsangYong is also being handled by the same company handling Mazda Philippines. It is no surprise then that the same free 5-year/100,000-kilometer free maintenance program has also been extended for the 2020.5 Rexton. This comes on top of SsangYong’s already impressive 5-year warranty.
“We are proud to reveal the most exclusive SsangYong SUV yet – the 2020.5 Rexton,” shares Japheth Castillo, president of SsangYong Philippines. “Our customers deserve a nameplate that not only comes with the confidence-inspiring ability of driving through any type of road surface, but doing so in style and refined comfort. The new SsangYong Rexton will surely deliver a more luxurious presence on the road and an even more value-laden ownership experience for our most discerning SUV clientele.”
Pricing for the SsangYong Musso starts at P1,760,000 for the 4×2 variant and P2,260,000 for the 4×4 variant, which represents a P30,000 increase over the previous Rexton.