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South Korea's Ssangyong previews facelifted Rexton SUV

The Rexton is about to get the second facelift of its 11-year career.

Over the last decade South Korea's Ssangyong has built up a small but loyal clientele in several European countries.

One of its most popular models on the old continent is the Rexton, a mid-size SUV that was introduced in 2001 and facelifted for the first time in 2005.

Ssangyong is not planning on replacing the Rexton any time soon but it has released two sketches that give an idea of what to expect when the SUV is facelifted for a second time.

The sketches depict a Rexton that has taken on a much more aggressive look than the current model. Oddly enough it does not borrow very many styling cues from other recently-redesigned members of the Ssangyong lineup.

The SUV's front grille is still inspired by Mercedes-Benz but this time around it is more modern and it proudly wears a chromed Ssangyong logo.

The redesign is much less obvious out back. The most noticeable aesthetic differences are slightly different taillights and a more sculpted bumper.

Ssangyong will likely equip the Rexton with roughly the same engines that power the smaller Korando. The entry-level offering will be a e-XDi 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel that will be mated to either a manual or an automatic gearbox. Customers will be asked to pick whether they want power sent to two or four wheels.

The revamped Rexton will bow on May 24th, 2012, and will go on sale in several European countries a couple of months later.