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2016 Ssangyong Rexton promises bigger performance and smaller fuel bills

South Korean car manufacturer Ssangyong has announced the 2016 Rexton, which promises to be more efficient, more powerful but still cheap.

The 2016 Rexton sports utility vehicle has ditched its old 2.0-litre Euro 5 diesel in favour of the Euro 6-compliant 2.2-litre e-XDi220. Power is now 178PS (an increase of 15 per cent) while torque is up to 400Nm (up 11 per cent) on its predecessor.

0-62mph takes 9.9 seconds, while the top speed is 119mph for the manual. Fuel economy and CO2 emissions, meanwhile, sit at 40mpg (an improvement of 1.8mpg) and 185g/km (down 12g/km), respectively.

Another new addition is the option of Mercedes-Benz seven-speed automatic in addition to the six-speed manual. Either way, the driver can select low range to see power evenly split between the front and rear axle for improved traction.

Three trim levels will be available: SE, EX and ELX. Double wishbone and coil spring suspension is standard on all but the EX automatic and ELX cars, which come with multi-link rear suspension for an allegedly improved ride.

The range-topping ELX also benefits from a leather interior, multi-function leather steering wheel, 18-inch Diamond cut alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, front and rear parking sensors, auto-dipping rear view mirror, navigation and heated rear seats.

Another choice buyers will have is whether to go with five or seven seats. As for towing capacity, the maximum is three tonnes.

Like all Ssangyong cars, a five-year, limitless mileage warranty is standard. Prices start from £22,995 for the SE rising to £28,995 for the ELX automatic.

The old Rexton was by no means the best sports utility vehicle the world has ever known, but the revisions for the 2016 model could make it that little bit more tempting.

2016 Ssangyong Rexton pictures

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