SsangYong's 50 day, 13,000km 'test drive' of new Rexton SUV
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In what SsangYong call the ultimate ‘test drive’, five all-new SsangYong Rexton SUVs have completed a 50 day, 13,000km drive from the SsangYong factory at Pyeongtaek in South Korea, via Beijing and the Silk Road, and arrived in their final destination England.
All five cars arrived in Frankfurt in time for press day at the IAA motor show, with two of the cars completing their epic journey at the SsangYong Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials in Oxfordshire.
Designed to test the vehicles in extreme conditions, the Rexton Trans Eurasia Trail travelled through ten different countries, including China, Kazakhstan and Russia, before arriving at the Blenheim estate.
“This all-new, fourth-generation Rexton is a major step forward for the brand. The Trans Eurasia Trail gave us the ultimate test drive opportunity, and a superb way to launch the car in Europe," said Mr Johng-sik Choi, CEO of SsangYong Motor who travelled to Blenheim Palace to greet the teams.
"This was a huge challenge for the cars and their drivers, and the ultimate test of performance and reliability. The cars equipped themselves brilliantly.”
Heralding major advances for the Korean brand in style, quality, safety and technology, this all-new SsangYong Rexton will be officially launched in the UK next month.
A New Zealand release of the fourth-generation Rexton has not yet been announced.
In European specification, Ssangyoung's latest SUV is powered by a 2.2-litre turbo diesel engine delivering maximum power of 133kW and maximum torque of 420Nm, with a 6-speed manual or 7-speed Mercedes-Benz automatic transmission, and with a 3.5 tonne towing capacity.