In what might be called the ultimate ‘test drive’, five all-new SsangYong Rexton SUVs have completed their 50 day, 13,000 kilometre drive from the SsangYong factory at Pyeongtaek in South Korea, via Beijing and the Silk Road.
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 beautiful Blenheim estate.
Mr Johng-sik Choi, CEO of SsangYong Motor who travelled to Blenheim Palace to greet the teams, said: “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. 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 in style, quality, safety and technology, this all-new SsangYong Rexton will be officially launched in the UK next month. It is a large, D/E-segment authentic 4x4, powered by a 2.2 litre turbo diesel engine delivering maximum power of 181PS 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.
Representing a huge step forward in every area - exterior looks, interior ambience, structure, safety and performance, this new car stays true to SsangYong’s core brand values with extremely competitive pricing from £27,500 on the road.
Notes to Editors
SsangYong cars are manufactured in South Korea by SsangYong Motor, which is 73 per cent owned by the Indian engineering conglomerate Mahindra & Mahindra, and imported into the UK by SsangYong Motor UK. Established in 1954, SsangYong is Korea's oldest vehicle manufacturer and only 4x4 and SUV specialist producer. There are currently some 65 SsangYong dealers covering England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, with new locations being added to the network all the time. www.ssangyonggb.co.uk
Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials is one of the UK’s leading and largest three-star events and attracts over 60,000 visitors each year, as well as the world’s leading event riders and many keen amateur competitors. It takes place annually in September. It is also one of the world’s leading CCI3*s and the British championship CIC3* for 8/9yo horses, and also hosts the final of the Event Rider Masters competition, run at CIC3* level. www.blenheimhorse.co.uk
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