Admittedly, to North American ears, 'Ssangyong Rexton II' sounds like the sequel to some kind of science fiction monster movie. The reality is that it's the oven-fresh replacement for... wait for it... the Ssangyong Rexton, a popular if ill-styled SUV. Alberto Ballestin (aka 'Our Man in Madrid') was at the Madrid Auto Show press conference for Autoblog Spanish, and he came away with a few snapshots and impressions.

Powered in the market by a 2.7-liter Xdi diesel giving 165 horsepower and a stout 250 lb.-ft. of twist, the new Rexton was introduced with the assistance of Spanish NBA baller Pau Gasol, who will be the new 'face' of the brand in Spain. Aesthetically, one might be hard-pressed to call this Ssangyong 'attractive,' but it is a marked improvement on the original, and leagues ahead of other company offerings like the Musso and Rodius, the latter of which has been dubbed the 'Ugliest of them All' by UK publication Pistonheads.

Critically, Alberto informs that peculiar design or no, "...the quality/price is nearly unbeatable, and this has propelled the sales to a gigantic 210 percent last year (in Spain)," so this is obviously a package to be taken seriously.

Although Ssangyong didn't provide any English language press packs, interested parties are advised to click here to learn more about the Rexton II.