– Mahindra has showcased the SsangYong Rexton based 7-seater SUV at the 2018 Auto Expo next month.
– The SUV has been introduced under the Mahindra bagde as ‘Mahindra Rexton’.
– Positioned above the XUV500, the Mahindra Rexton will take on the Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour in India.
– The Mahindra Rexton is available with a 178bhp, 2.2L diesel engine and a 7-speed automatic gearbox.
Mahindra & Mahindra, the homegrown utility vehicle maker has introduced an all-new 7-seater SUV at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo. This seven-seater SUV is essentially a re-badged version of the new SsangYong Rexton. Besides Mahindra Rexton, the company has showcased the 2018 XUV500, a convertible SUV concept and a compact SUV – codenamed S201. 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). To be launched as flagship product, the new Mahindra Rexton will face challenge from the the Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour.
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.
Adding to it, Mahindra has also used the Tivoli’s X100 platform to develop its new compact SUV – codenamed S201. This model will come with in two versions – 5 seater and 7 seater. It will rival the Maruti Vitara Brezza, Honda WRV, Tata Nexon and Ford EcoSport. Talking about Rexton mechanics, the new model will be powered by a 2.2-litre turbo-charged diesel engine paired to a 7-speed automatic gearbox.
Mahindra Rexton (XUV700) Detailed Preview
– 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
– Strengthened body structure with reinforced steel panels
The SsangYong Rexton is currently in its second generation and was first unveiled at the 2017 Seoul Motor Show in Korea. In India, this model wears Mahindra nameplate. The vehicle made its India debut at the 2018 Dehi Auto Expo. While no official launch date or details has been revealed by the carmaker, we believe that the SUV will go on sale by the end of 2018. We will update you on this as soon as we hear from Mahindra Group. Check Out – Upcoming Mahindra Cars in India
|Minimum||Rs 25 lakh|
|Maximum||Rs 30 lakh|
The global spec 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). With Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour in its sight, the India-spec Mahindra Rexton is estimated to be priced around Rs 25 lakh for the base variant and Rs 30 lakh for the top-end model. Whereas, it’s arch rivals – Fortuner and Endeavour – are priced in the range of Rs 26.21 lakh – Rs 32 lakh and Rs 25.65 lakh – Rs 32.09 lakh (all, ex-showroom Delhi) respectively. Read – Mahindra Cars at 2018 Auto Expo
|Engine||2.2-litre turbo diesel|
|Max Power||187bhp @ 4,000rpm|
|Max Torque||420Nm @ 1,600-2,600rpm|
|Drivetrain System||4WD & RWD|
The new Mahindra Rexton SUV will be propelled by a 2.2-litre turbocharged diesel engine that is claimed to “deliver progressive acceleration from a standing start and a strong low end torque typical of SsangYong engines.” This e-XDi220 engine churns out a maximum power output of 187bhp at 4,000rpm along with a peak torque of 420Nm between 1,600rpm and 2,600rpm. The SUV uses a 7-speed torque-converter E-Tronic automatic gearbox sourced from Mercedes-Benz. Drivetrain options will include 4WD (four-wheel-drive) and 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. Suspension setup includes double wishbone upfront and multi-link independent rear unit.
The company might launch the SUV with a new 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine that churns out 225bhp of power. This model is coupled to an 8-speed automatic gearbox, which sends power to either rear or all-wheels. Read About – Mahindra XUV Aero Coupe SUV
The new 2018 Mahindra Rexon is claimed to be 50kg lighter than the previous model, which makes it more fuel efficient than the regular car. The SUV’s second generation model returns a mileage around 17kmpl.
The global-spec SsangYong Rexton exterior styling is inspired by the LIV-2 Concept, which was unveiled in 2016. The company claims that the exterior styling of the 2018 Rexton flows from its concept of ‘Dignified Motion’. The company also claims that the new Rexton’s design is inspired by the polar bear and traditional ‘Korean aesthetics”. Most of its design elements are carried over from the SsangYong LIV-2 concept. Compared to the concept, the new model gets some noticeable changes especially at the front end.
In terms of styling, the India-spec Mahindra Rexton shares most of its design cues from the LIV-2 concept which was unveiled at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. Adding to it, the new model carries the quintessential Mahindra elements to bring it on par with fellow Mahindra models. The front fascia of the SUV comes with Mahindra’s signature styling, which includes signature grille, new headlamps with LED daytime running lights, revised bumper, black body cladding, LED fog lamps and directional indicators. The side profile looks sportier, thanks to its sharp creases, sloping roofline, slim A & B pillars and squared-shaped wheel arches with 20-inch alloy wheels. Towards the rear, the car sports 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
In terms of proportions, the SUV is akin to the SsangYong Rexton G4. It measures 4,850mm in length, 1,960mm in width and 1,800mm in height. The 2,865mm long wheelbase hints at a large cabin and the ground clearance stands at around 230-235mm.
While the vehicle has an aggressive exterior appearance, the cabin looks no-nonsense with rather plain yet functional layout. Unlike the LIV-2 concept that had all-white theme, the 2018 Rexton gets dual tone – Black and Brown – interior scheme. The dashboard gets some premium materials including a wood-finish strip and a diamond pattern leather strip running across the length. It comes equipped with a vertically-placed touchscreen interface, three spoke steering wheel with audio & telephone control buttons and leather seats. The 2018 Mahindra Rexton will have a 7-seater layout with pretty decent boot space even with all seats unfolded. Though, the third-row of seats will come with a foldable option.
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. Other features on offer will include selectable all-wheel drive system, airbags for all passengers, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, dual zone fully automatic, built-in air-clean system air conditioning, etc. The Rexton is one of the safest cars in its segment. The list of its safety equipment include nine airbags, anti-lock braking system (ABS), electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD), hill-assist, lane departure warnings, navigation assist, parking sensors, smart power tailgate warnings and tyre direction warnings.
Upon its launch, the premium SUV will take on the likes of Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour, Hyundai Tucson and Jeep Compass.
This 7-seater premium SUV comes with pretty decent boot space even with all 7-seats unfolded. The rear seats can be folded down completely to further extend the boot space. The SUV will have large glovebox along with several cubby holes to keep your belonging. The second row captain seats will come with cup holders.
Based on the Rexton G4, the new Mahindra 7-seater premium SUV offers several high-end safety and security features. The SUV gets dual front airbags, side and curtain airbags, Hill Descent Control, Electronic Stability Program, Active rollover protection, Anti-Lock Braking System with Electronic BrakeForce Distribution and Brake Assist, and Rear Windscreen defogger, rear parking camera and sensors, etc.
This model will be around Rs 4-5 lakh cheaper than its direct rivals including Fortuner & Endeavour. It will be equipped with several high-end comfort, convenience and safety features. To be launched as Mahindra’s flagship model, the XUV700 could be a great option to large Indian families and SUV enthusiasts.