A couple of years ago, South Korean car maker SsangYong made its foray into India with the Mahindra-SsangYong Rexton. But despite being positioned as a premium vehicle with good features and a roomy interior, the Rexton never really took off in India.
The car came in two variants - the RX5 and the RX7. The top end variant had a lot more features than the base version, a more powerful engine, an automatic transmission and permanent 4 wheel drive. Now, to give the customers some middle ground in terms of choice, the company has released the RX6 variant of this car to slot in between the existing variants.
Powering the RX6 is a 162 bhp version of the 2.7 litre, 5 cylinder turbocharged diesel engine which makes driving this vehicle in the city quite effortless. However, on the highways, due to the rather soft suspension setup, the car doesn’t feel reassuringly stable. The Rx6 variant comes only with a manual transmission, shift-on-the-fly controls for the AWD system, a sun roof, soft touch plastics on the inside and leather upholstery.
But that isn’t all. The car also gets features such as a touchscreen for the audio system and navigation module, automatic headlamps, rain-sensing windshield wipers, rear parking sensors, electrically adjustable driver’s seat which includes a memory function and so on. Safety wise, the Rexton RX6 gets ABS, ESP, front and side airbags, hill descent control and anti-roll protection. The Rexton might not have the brand value that some of its rivals have but truth be told, it is a very capable car that can more than match its competition.