SsangYong, the maker of extra-ugly cars and SUVs that has for years been torturing us with their bombastic, deliberately exaggerated (but in a bad, lack-of-good-taste exaggerated kind of way) vehicles that were seemingly designed for the Asian market, but still somehow managed to find their way to other regions, is going to drop a bomb on us. Possibly trying to impress prospective investors that may help the struggling company survive the ongoing economic turmoil, SsangYong plans to present a diesel-hybrid-powered version of its old Kyron mid-size SUV.
The Chinese-owned brand plans to launch their new 2006 Ssangyong Rexton II AWD SUV on the Korean market a trifle ahead of schedule.
While this news could mean both good (i.e. they managed to polish the manufacturing process sooner than expected) and bad (i.e. they didn’t manage to do that, but something presses them to start sooner), it is clear that the vehicle at least doesn’t look crude. For the ex-Korean company that was always plagued by its inability to make a presentable car, this second-gen Rexton looks quite nice.