The replacements for SsangYong’s flagship MPV and SUV were unveiled at the recent CATS CARnival.
Despite being built and advertised with well-proven technology (in particular, Mercedes-Benz running gear), SsangYong has long been derided for its range of ‘uniquely’ styled vehicles. However, they have been trying to change that perception with their recent concepts and models, even roping in Italian design house Giugiaro to design the new Korando. But even though the new Stavic MPV and Rexton SUV have not yet received the Italians’ magic touch yet, they do at least look much improved compared to their predecessors.
Looks aside, one criticism you'd never level at the Stavic is a lack of space. At more than 5 metres long with a 3 metre wheelbase, it’s one of the biggest MPVs around, and can be had either as a 7 or 9-seater.
Standard equipment includes a dealer-fit DVD-capable entertainment system, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, cruise control, air-con vents for all rows of seats, and a plethora of storage spaces to lose your belongings in.
The new Rexton W is nominally also a 7-seater, but this being an SUV, the last row is really only suitable for very small people. This updated model is the result of massive investment and over two years of development, and thanks to its sharper, more modern design, you’d scarcely be able to tell that it can trace its underpinnings all the way to the Mercedes M-class of the late ‘90s.
The list of features for the Rexton are pretty much par for the course, with cruise control, ESP, ABS, hill descent control, electric seats, keyless entry and steering wheel shift buttons and audio controls all coming as standard.
Both cars are powered by SsangYong’s new e-XDi200 2.0-litre diesel engine that offers up 155 bhp and 360 Nm, and is mated to (what else?) a 5-speed automatic also sourced from Mercedes.
Prices for the Stavic at press time starts from $148,888 for the 7-seater version, with the 9-seater costing $5,000 more. The Rexton is on sale for $159,888.