Ssangyong adds budget van to Rexton range

Originally Published: July 2016 Words: Alan Kidd Pictures: Ssangyong Press Office

£19,495 plus VAT | New 2.2-litre diesel | 176bhp | 40.4mpg

The Ssangyong Rexton is one of the last proper trucks left in the 4x4 market. And the Korean manufacturer’s UK importer has just launched a new commercial version of the big off-road machine - with prices starting at less then twenty grand.  Called the Rexton CSE, the newcomer features a new 2.2-litre turbo-diesel engine developing 176bhp and 295lbf.ft, the latter from 1400rpm.  Mated to a six-speed manual gearbox, the Euro VI unit returns 40.4mpg and an improved CO2 emissions rating of 184g/km.

Equipment includes alloy rims, automatic air-con, cruise control, heated mirrors and a multimedia system with iPod and Bluetooth features, as well as ESP and hill descent control.  Competent off-road drivers shouldn’t need the latter as the manual-only CSE is equipped with a dual-range transfer case to go with its ladder chassis and live rear axle.

Load-carrying credentials come courtesy of a 1.7-metre cargo bay with 107cm between the inner arch blisters. This equates to a cargo volume of 2.2 cubic metres; payload is 740kg, while the CSE’s braked trailer limit is a decent 3000kg.

Off-road, the Rexton runs approach, breakover and departure angles of 28, 22.5 and 25.5 degrees respectively. Its standard tyre size is 235/75R16 - meaning owners shouldn’t struggle for a choice of all-terrain and mud-terrain patterns should they intend to use their vehicle to anything like the full extent of its capabilities.

The CSE joins a Rexton range which has recently been freshened up inside and out. It comes with an unlimited-mileage five-year warranty and is available now at a price of £19,495 plus the VAT.

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