Mahindra & Mahindra has a handful of new products for the Indian market. While the Mahindra XUV300 five-seater is ready to launch in coming days, the new MPV will hit showrooms in September, 2018. Interestingly, the home-grown carmaker will foray into fully-flagged premium SUV segment with the all-new Mahindra SsangYong Rexton (Mahindra Rexton). Mahindra’s new 7-seater SUV, which is essentially a re-badged version of the new-generation SsangYong Rexton, will go up against the Toyota Fortuner and the Ford Endeavour rival that are currently leading the segment.
First previewed at the 2017 Seoul Motor Show, the all-new SsangYong Rexton SUV will go on sale in India wearing the Mahindra badge (and not SsangYong). One musst note that the official name of Mahindra’s new flagship SUV is yet to be revealed by the carmaker. Reports suggest that it could be named ‘Mahindra Rexton’ or ‘Mahindra XUV700’ in the country. Read: New Mahindra 7-Seater SUV – 5 Interesting Facts
Just to jog your memory, Mahindra acquired the majority stake (70%) in SsangYong Motor Company (SYMC) in 2010. Aiming to reap the benefits of this move, the carmakers jointly developed engine platform for their products including Mahindra KUV100 NXT and Tivoli hatchback. After eight years of the acquisition, the home-grown carmaker is planning to bring in SsangYong’s iconic flagship SUV – Rexton – in the Indian market.
Mahindra SsangYong Rexton 2018 Features
– Chromed grille
– Projector headlamps and Rexton emblem
– ‘L’ shaped parking lights with LED rear tail lamps
– ORVMs with LED turn indicators
– Stainless steel beltline and chrome moulding
– Three row seats with leather upholstery
– 8-way electrically adjustable seats and easy access function
– Memory function with 3 presets for driver seat and ORVMs
– Infotainment touchscreen
– Automatic climate control
– Speed sensitive steering wheel
– Electric sunroof
– Front and side airbags
– Hill Descent Control (HDC)
– Electronic Stability Program (ESP)
– Active rollover protection
– Rear windscreen defogger
– Rear windscreen wash and wipe Read About – Mahindra Thar 2018 | Mahindra XUV300
– Strengthened body structure with reinforced steel panels
Mahindra SsangYong Rexton 2018 India Launch
Globally, the SsangYong Rexton is in its second generation that first broke cover at the 2017 Seoul Motor Show in Korea. In India, this model will wear Mahindra nameplate and could be christened Mahindra Rexton or XUV700. The 7-seater SUV made its India debut at the 14th edition of the Auto Expo in February, 2018. While the official launch date or details are still under the wraps, we believe that the SUV will see a release during 2018 festive season (i.e. October – November). We will update you the official details once the carmaker announces it. Check Out – Upcoming Mahindra Cars in India
Mahindra SsangYong Rexton 2018 Price in India
|Minimum||Rs 25 lakh|
|Maximum||Rs 30 lakh|
The second-generation SsagnYong Rexton was launched in the UK market in 2017. Available in five trim levels, the SUV carline has been priced between £27,000 (around Rs 22.75 lakh) – £37,500 (Rs 31.02 lakh). In the Indian market, the Mahindra Rexton will face challenge from the segment leaders – the Toyota Fortuner and the Ford Endeavour. Though, it is likely to undercut both of its rivals. The Fortuner and Endeavour are, currently, available in price range of Rs 26.21 lakh – Rs 32 lakh and Rs 25.65 lakh – Rs 32.09 lakh (all, ex-showroom Delhi) respectively. Prices of Mahindra’s 7 seater SUV are estimated to start from Rs 25 lakh (for the entry-level variant) and up to Rs 30 lakh (for the range-topping model). Read – Mahindra Cars at 2018 Auto Expo
Mahindra SsangYong Rexton 2018 Specifications
|Engine||2.2-litre turbo diesel|
|Max Power||187bhp @ 4,000rpm|
|Max Torque||420Nm @ 1,600-2,600rpm|
|Drivetrain System||4WD & RWD|
For power, the new Mahindra Rexton SUV will make use of a 2.2-litre turbocharged diesel engine. This oil burner is claimed to “deliver progressive acceleration from a standing start and a strong low end torque typical of SsangYong engines.” The e-XDi220 motor can develop a maximum power output of 187bhp at 4,000rpm, while producing a maximum torque of 420Nm between 1,600rpm and 2,600rpm. Transmission on offer will include a 7-speed torque-converter E-Tronic automatic gearbox sourced from Mercedes-Benz. The Rexton SUV lineup will come with both the 4WD (four-wheel-drive) and the RWD (rear-wheel-drive) system. While the former with high/low ratios is good for on and off-road conditions, the latter one is for comfort and fuel efficiency under normal driving conditions. For performing suspension duties, the new Mahindra 7 seater SUV will get the double wishbone upfront and multi-link independent rear unit. Read About – Mahindra XUV Aero Coupe SUV
Mahindra SsangYong Rexton 2018 India Mileage
For the record, the company claims that the 2018 Mahindra Rexon is 50kg lighter than the previous global model. The light body-built will surely enhance the overall performance and fuel efficiency of the SUV. The SUV’s second generation model is likely to be more frugal than the old one. It is estimated to return a mileage around 17kmpl.
Mahindra SsangYong Rexton 2018 Exterior
Design inspiration of the SsangYong Rexton (global-spec) is said to be come from the polar bear and traditional ‘Korean aesthetics”. Based on the concept of ‘Dignified Motion’, the new Mahindra Rexton retains most of its styling bits from the SsangYong LIV-2 Concept that was previewed in 2016 at the Paris Motor Show. The production version of the SUV looks more aggressive and sportier than the concept. It carries the quintessential Mahindra elements that bring it on par with fellow Mahindra models.
With hefty body-built and bold stance, the SUV appears masculine and sporty. Its dual-tone black/chrome upper grille has a chrome appliqué with thick chrome slats gloss black frame and gloss black thin vertical slats. The HID new headlamps with LED daytime running lights (DRLs), revised bumper, black body cladding, LED fog lamps and directional indicators further enhance aggressive look of its front fascia. The new Mahindra 7 seater SUV also comes with an electric sunroof. Compared to its global old model, the SUV appears sportier from the sides thanks to its sharp creases, sloping roofline, slim A & B pillars and squared-shaped wheel arches with 20-inch alloy wheels. Round the back, the Mahindra Rexton features LED rear combination side lights, spoiler with high-mounted LED stop light and LED number plate lights. Read – Mahindra U321 MPV – All You Need To Know
Mahindra Rexton Dimensions
With respect to dimensions, the SUV is akin to the SsangYong Rexton G4. While the Mahindra Rexton measures 4,850mm in length, its width and height stand at 1,960mm and 1,800mm respectively. The SUV comes with a long wheelbase of 2,865mm that will ensure a spacious cabin for front and rear occupants. It has ground clearance of around 230-235mm.
Mahindra SsangYong Rexton 2018 Interior
While the vehicle has an aggressive exterior appearance, the cabin looks no-nonsense with rather plain and functional layout. Unlike the LIV-2 concept that had all-white theme, the 2018 Mahindra Rexton features dual tone (Black and Brown) interior scheme. The dashboard has neat design with premium materials including a wood-finish strip and a diamond pattern leather strip running across the length. The SUV also comes equipped with the vertically-placed touchscreen interface, three spoke steering wheel with audio & telephone control buttons and leather seats.
What further enhance its comfort and convenience levels are selectable all-wheel drive system, airbags for all passengers, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with GPS navigation, dual zone fully automatic, built-in air-clean system air conditioning, nine airbags, electric parking brake etc. While the driver’s seat is 8-way power adjustable, the front passenger seat comes with 6-way power adjustment options. Both the front and rear seats are heated. Read – Mahindra TUV Stinger Convertible SUV Details
Mahindra Rexton Competition
Designed on the ladder-frame chassis, the new Mahindra Rexton SUV will lock horns against the Toyota Fortuner and the Ford Endeavour in the Indian market. It will also take on the Isuzu MUX. With affordable pricing, however, the new Mahindra 7 seater SUV might take a lead over its rivals.
Mahindra Rexton Practicality
Featuring the 7-seats configuration, the 2018 Mahindra Rexton will have generous boot space to offer even with all seats unfolded. The third-row of seats will come with a foldable option for creating more luggage space. You will also get several storage compartments for keeping your kick-nacks including a large glovebox, multiple cubby holes, bottle holders, etc. The second row captain seats will come with cup holders. Check Out – Mahindra ROXOR Off-roader Pictures & Details
Mahindra Rexton Safety Features
Based on the Ssangyong Rexton G4, the new Mahindra 7-seater premium SUV will come with a host of advanced active and passive safety features. The SUV will offer dual front airbags, side and curtain airbags protection along with Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist. Other key safety fitments will include Hill Descent Control, Electronic Stability Program, Active rollover protection and Rear Windscreen defogger, rear parking camera and sensors, lane departure warnings, navigation assist, smart power tailgate warnings and tyre direction warnings.
Should You Wait For This Car?
Sporting masculine and bold stance, the Mahindra Ssangyong Rexton G4 will offer a commendable road presence. The SUV will be packed with several advanced comfort and convenience features. It will also offer a range of high-end safety equipment including airbags, ABS with EBD, ESP, etc. To be launched as Mahindra’s flagship model, the XUV700 will undercut its arch rivals – the Toyota Fortuner and the Ford Endeavour. It is estimated to be around Rs 4 lakh – 5 lakh more affordable than its competitors. With all these attributes, the new Mahindra 7-seater SUV will make a great deal for the large Indian families and SUV enthusiasts.
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Mahindra Rexton Preview
Mahindra Rexton will be a seven-seater premium SUV that will be stacked up against the Toyota Fortuner and the Ford Endeavour. The SUV will make use of a 2.2-litre turbocharged diesel engine paired to the Mercedes-Benz sourced 7-speed torque-converter E-Tronic automatic gearbox.