Following last week’s teaser, Ssangyong has confirmed that its latest SUV model, codenamed Y400, is indeed the Rexton. This 2017 Ssangyong Rexton will make its official debut at next month’s Seoul Motor Show before hitting showroom floors around the world at the end of the year.

The new Rexton will become Ssangyong’s mid-size SUV contender, sitting above compact SUVs such as the Korando and Tivoli. The Ssangyong brand was never synonymous with design, but the new Rexton is neatly packaged and is pleasantly good looking. Things appear even better inside, with brown leather upholstery and quilted trims. There’s also a new 9.2-inch HD screen that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as 3D Around View Monitoring (AVM).

In terms of dimensions, it is essentially longer, larger and roomier than both the Toyota Fortuner and Isuzu MU-X. The Rexton measures 4,850 mm long, 1,920 mm wide, 1,800 mm high, and has a 2,865 mm wheelbase. It also has nine airbags!

Right off the bat, there are two engines to choose from: a 2.2-litre turbodiesel and 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol. It can be had with either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Ssangyong claims the new Rexton will boast a rather balanced weight distribution with commendable towing capabilities. They’ve also gone as far as to say it will handle brilliantly on-road and off-road. Refinement is also said to be greatly improved.

Suddenly, the idea of getting a Rexton sounded just as good as when it was sold here in Malaysia over a decade ago. Perhaps it’s time for a comeback.