Mahindra's first product from its Ssangyong stable, the Rexton is now out, priced at Rs 17.67 lakh, ex-showroom Mumbai for the RX5 manual version and Rs 19.67 lakh for the RX7 automatic trim. The pricing is rather wonderful, the automatic is a good Rs 2 lakh cheaper than the equivalent Toyota Fortuner while the manual is now the cheapest of the lot, making life tough for not just the Fortuner, but the Ford Endeavour, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport and even the Chevrolet Captiva and Hyundai Santa Fe.
For starters, the Ssangyong Rexton uses a lot of underpinnings as well as the powertrain from the first-gen Mercedes-Benz W163 ML. The body-on-ladder chassis lends it a certain sense of robustness, its two-tonne plus weight isn't making matters easy though. It looks contemporary, especially this the W version that was launched just a few months ago in Busan. In fact we were the first automotive media outfit to report that the W and not the Rexton III, which it replaced would be coming to India many months ago.
This third generation Rexton, will create a strong connect with premium SUV buyers in India thanks to its sophisticated styling, luxurious interiors, superior handling and on and off-road performance. Indian buyers can also look forward to a high-performance diesel engine powering the Rexton.
The plush, powerful and sophisticated Ssangyong Rexton by Mahindra. You could admire it from a distance like the rest of the world. Or you could arrive in it. The Rexton is much more than an automobile. It's a masterpiece of technology and a tribute to your success. Every component, from the engine to entertainment system is state-of-the-art. Every square inch of the passenger cabin is plush and crafted. All to give you a superlative driving ...
Space is just about okay for seven persons. The second row is decent but lacks some underthigh support, the driver and passenger seats are better designed and offer some more comfort while the third-row is strictly for kids. With the last-row up, there is just space for a small shopping bag or two, flip them forward and it's good enough for a couple of days out of town for a family of four or five. Quality is decent in some places, not up to the mark in others, especially the way certain controls are finished. It's a bit plasticky, but then again the price tag also works accordingly.
Start it up, get rolling and you are greeted with a typical, five-cylinder whoosh and turbo whine. It isn't as refined as most other four-cylinder units, even the mHawk motor on the XUV is much better. But there is ample torque. In the automatic version that we drove, the near 41 kgm of torque made matters very easy. Step on the throttle and the motor is willing to propel you into three-digit speeds fairly easily. The fly in this ointment is the five-speed auto. It is slow, hangs on to gears for a bit too long and isn't as smart as most other modern automatics, let alone dual-clutch units.
Three row seats concealed with premium, dual tone, beige and black interiors, complemented by metal grain accents and plush leather upholstery enhances the luxurious feeling.High quality plush leather upholstery enhances the luxurious feeling.Frontal and side airbags will instantly inflate to ensure your safety when required.Drive the Rexton in the most comfortable position and enjoy entertainment at your fingertips.
Like with every other launch from Mahindra, the trump card of this vehicle is its price and the robust underpinnings that go with it. Ignore the average dynamics and slightly poor plastics and the Rexton makes for a sensible purchase decision. Mahindra has an installed capacity of 5,000 units per annum and looks to sell about 500 units a month. Will that be easy? We'll have to wait and see.
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