South Korean carmaker SsangYong has been known to make big cars. Locally, they have the crossovers Korando, Tivoli, and Tivoli XLV, as well as the large SUV-looking Rodius MPV. They also have a midsize SUV in some countries and it’s called the Rexton.
However, SsangYong has revealed an all-new pickup truck called Rexton Sports. As the name suggests, it’s greatly derived from the midsize SUV, which tells us that it will rival the segment that’s populated by lifestyle trucks like the Nissan Navara, Ford Ranger, and Toyota Hilux.
When we said rival, we meant that the Rexton Sports will compete the market…but not exactly the functionality of its mentioned competitors. The Korean pickup truck is said to be equipped with double wishbone front suspension and multi-link at the back, which means it focuses more on road comfort rather than sturdiness as a utility vehicle.
Plus, with the size of the Rexton Sports’ rear bed, it may be too small if you’ll use this truck for your business. As we see it, the Korean pickup truck will more likely cater to pickup truck buyers who have active lifestyles, but not necessarily have the need for commercial use.
Let’s put it this way: If there will be a ranking as to which is the most lifestyle-ish pickup truck in the market, the new South Korean vehicle will most likely be on top.
There’s no official release as to what’s under the Rexton Sports’ hood but some reports said that it will inherit its SUV counterpart’s 2.2L turbodiesel engine that puts out 185 hp and 420 Nm of torque. And of course, it will have the body-on-frame structure as expected from a midsize pickup truck.
The SsangYong Rexton Sports is scheduled to be revealed at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show in March. It’s still unclear if the all-new pickup truck will make its way to the Philippines after its launch. We don’t have the Rexton SUV yet so we’re not on high hopes as of now, but who knows?
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