The all-new SsangYong Rexton boldly re-defines the SUV segment with its rugged good looks and genuine capabilities.
TCY Motors recently announced the arrival of the seven-seater with major advances in style, quality, safety and technology further re-establishing SsangYong’s brand identity.
It is when you sit inside the SUV, you will be able to appreciate and experience first-hand the strength and solid performance of the Korean automobile.
The Bruneian team had the chance to take the vehicle for a drive recently which kicked off at t-Lounge by Dilmah at Little Soho, Batu Bersurat.
Our test vehicle was the top-of-the-range Rexton and it was the petrol version of the Korean model.
The bold and rugged exterior of the SsangYong Rexton stands out among the traffic. The pronounced body sculpting over the wheel arches further gives the SUV an aggressive stance on the road.
Moreover, its curvy and wide chrome grille gives it a stylish face with large well-proportioned headlights and headlamps that resemble the eyes of an eagle.
While disguised in its tough and rugged exterior, the interior of the high-end SUV, however, offers prestigious cabin for both drivers and passengers to travel in supreme comfort.
The first thing we noticed is how spacious the driver’s seats are. We had an abundance of space to move around and also plenty of options to make adjustments to our seats.
Furthermore, the interior retains its utility and user-friendly layout but adds a dash of premium design – brighter and more exuberant.
The comfort of driving is well-ensured with its top quality, sumptuous Nappa leather seats and its spacious design.
Rear passengers, meanwhile, would not feel claustrophobic with the abundance of space and legroom. Its five or seven-seat configuration offers the highest level of flexibility and convenience for passengers.
On the other hand, when it comes to technology, the All-new Ssangyong Rexton is ahead of its segment.
Its advanced infotainment system includes DAB radio, excellent connectivity with Apple CarPlay for device mirroring, a rear view reversing camera, all displayed on an 8.0-inch HD screen.
Other features include a supervision instrument cluster with a particularly large 7-inch LCD display for driver information and a ‘smart’ electronic tailgate for added convenience
Moreover, when it comes to performance, the SsangYong Rexton seems to be in a league of its own.
Next, we took the SUV to the landscapes of the Berakas Forest Reserve hoping to experience all its performance.
Once the car is in motion, the engine sound is silent within the cabin, and both passenger and driver can enjoy the noise-free drive.
Furthermore, the engine of the SUV comes with a 5-speed E-tronic automatic transmission, built with Mercedes-Benz Technology making the journey not only hassle-free but smooth.
Even after a few minutes of driving along the Jerudong highway, we are confident that the SsangYong Rexton has a lot of potential for a long-distance drive.
When tested around the area, the engine of the SUV is just as seamless and refined as ever even when it begins roaring across the steep hills.
One of the highlights of our drive was that we got to test out the Hill Descent Control of the vehicle. This feature identifies steep inclines and also helps to assist the vehicle down a steep slope with ease.
In addition, the Rexton also maintains its confidence and control over potholes and puddles at the Berakas Forest Reserve.
The Rexton comes with most of the safety and driver-assist features that include an electronic stability programme, nine airbags with knee airbags for the driver, active rollover
The top-of-the-range Rexton’s safety features also include the front and rear cameras, blind-spot detection to provide a better view of the surrounding of the SUV which was helpful during low-speed driving and parking.
Redesigned to offer pure comfort, safety and satisfaction, overall, the SsangYong Rexton is a well-built family wagon that is bold, confident and full of personality on the road.
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