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2021 SsangYong Rexton revealed: New-look Toyota Fortuner and Isuzu MU-X rival confirmed for Australia

The SsangYong Rexton will get a major update next year with new tech and a tough new design.

SsangYong has thrown the covers off its 2021 Rexton large seven-seat SUV, debuting a new styling language for the brand.

While social media posts by the brand claim this incoming update to the Rexton is “all new” it would appear that the current chassis, technology, and interior is largely carried over from the current car.

While SsangYong has been light on details thus far, the pictures reveal an entirely new front fascia with LED light clusters, new alloy wheels, styling elements down the doorcards (although these largely appear the same shape as the current vehicle) and new LED tail-light clusters.

The interior receives an updated seat design, revised centre console with a new shift lever, a new (Audi-look) steering wheel, and a fully digital instrument cluster. The overall dash design, including locations and designs of buttons, as well as the multimedia screen appear to be carried over from the current car.

A new wheel and dash cluster headline interior changes. A new wheel and dash cluster headline interior changes.

The Rexton will also receive adaptive cruise control for the first time as part of an update to its existing safety suite which already includes auto emergency braking, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert.

CarsGuide can also confirm the new Rexton will hit Australian shores with a target of Q2 of 2021, but brand representative, John Taylor, said: “We’d like it earlier.”

Currently the Rexton is available in three grades in Australia ranging from $39,990 to $52,990 (MSRP). It is available with either a 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine in the base EX (165kW/350Nm), or a 2.2-litre turbo diesel in the ELX and Ultimate (133kW/420Nm).

The interior receives a styling update and new centre console but retains the same multimedia screen. The interior receives a styling update and new centre console but retains the same multimedia screen.

SsangYong also has a 2021 update to the Tivoli small SUV on the way featuring a new interior and engine options and is still eyeing off the Korando EV for an Australian arrival but can’t confirm anything yet.

The brand had funding woes revealed earlier this year, when it was announced its Indian parent company Mahindra and Mahindra pulled its long-term funding plan for the brand. Mr Taylor says these woes haven’t had an effect on the local operation, however.