Car will make its racing debut in January in Peru

The Ssangyong Rexton DKR has been unveiled a month before it enters the 2019 Dakar Rally.

Apart from the badges and doors, the Rexton DKR seems to share very little with the showroom-ready Rexton. The race car's body is welded to a chrome-molybdenum multi-tubular chassis.

The Rexton DKR is powered by a V8 petrol engine generating around 335kW of power. Weighing around 1900kg, the Rexton DKR can reportedly complete the 0-100km/h standard in 4.4 seconds, and hit a top speed of 195km/h.

Mounted in a rear-central position, the engine is connected to the rear wheels via a six-speed sequential Sadev SL90-23 transmission and a Torsen self-locking differential. The car's tri-disc clutch can reportedly cope up with up to 1500Nm.

The DKR rides on a 17-inch alloy wheels with Yokohama Geolandar tyres, which can be self-inflated from inside the cabin. It also features AP brakes, King shock absorbers and helical extension springs.

The Rexton DKR will be entered in the T1-3 class for two-wheel drive petrol-powered cars, and will replace the Tivoli-based car that finished 32nd overall in this year's race.

The 2019 Dakar Rally starts on January 6, and concludes on January 17 after 10 stages and 5000 kilometres. All stages will take place in Peru.