The SsangYong Rexton is a sport utility vehicle based on the Mercedes-Benz M-Class. Initially released in Korea by the SsangYong Motor Company in late 2001, the demand for this type of vehicle in Korea has been huge. This vehicle offers standard appointments such as quiet on-road performance, car-like handling, and rugged off-road capability, and can be configured to seat seven people or as a five seater for more luggage space.
The car is available only with four-wheel drive and three engines: a 2.7 liter 121kW (162hp) / 342N·m (252lb·ft) common rail diesel, a 2.9 liter diesel and a 3.2 liter 162kW (217hp) / 310N·m (229lb·ft) petrol engine, all are manufactured under license from Mercedes-Benz.
Rextons are also assembled by the Micro Cars company in Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan assembled Rextons have at least 30% local content.
In Malaysia, the Rexton II is assembled by Competitive Supreme Sdn Bhd (CSSB), also the sole importer and distributor of Ssangyong vehicles in Malaysia.
In 2006, the model received style changes, along with more comfort and convenience and was then renamed the Rexton II.