SsangYong Rexton, developed in association with its South Korean subsidiary SsangYong Motors, the Rexton is being hailed as the next big game changer for Mahindra. The 3rd generation Rexton is built on the Mercedes Benz M-class platform and uses an ultra rigid frame and an intelligent torque vectron system. Rather massive in size, this big and imposing SUV with its plush interior and smart-looking exterior is expected to be yet another impressive value-for-money-proposition from Mahindra. Looking at the size and specs of the Rexton, it's likely to compete against the Ford Endeavor, Toyota Fortuner, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport and Hyundai Santa Fé. But will it succeed to carve a niche for itself? Well, that is only for time to tell.
An off-roader at heart, this mammoth-sized SUV gets a 2.7 litre direct-injected common-rail diesel engine under the hood that makes 165 bhp @ 4000 rpm and 402 Nm of torque at 1800-3250 rpm. The five speed automatic transmission coupled with the 2696 cc engine seems just ideal for an SUV of this gargantuan size and is expected to give a cracking mileage of about 9.1 to 9.8 kmpl. Given the imposing dimensions and weight of the SUV, the figures don't seem that bad, do they? The car does 0-100 in 11.6 seconds flat. Plus, Korea's top selling SUV now comes with reduced a noise, vibration and harshness rating that doubles up its driving delight manifold. The Rexton SUV is expected to come in both two-wheel and four-wheel driving options. For an SUV of such enormous proportions, it's important that it has a robust suspension system that has enough power to soak up potholes and rough surfaces. The Rexton SUV, however, is expected to get a double wishbone coil spring suspension on the front and a rigid axle with 5-link coil type spring suspension in the rear.
The 4.72 m long Rexton is certainly going to rank among the few bigger SUVs that we have in India. The Rexton has a clean profile with a generous glass area and a tough-looking running board. But apart from that, there's not much visual drama to the car. The overall styling is nice and crisp, but nothing new or exciting. To cut the long story short, it has no stand-out styling element to set it apart. The fit and finish of the car is reasonably good. The plastics, though not of top-notch quality, feel and look impressive. The interior styling is unusually restrained. The dashboard is kept pretty simple with straight lines and simple surfaces. The Rexton comes with a seven-seat configuration. Like most body-on-frame cars, the seats are mounted high. The middle row is pretty spacious and there is ample legroom, head room and shoulder space in the car. The luggage space is again quite enormous. On the flipside, the load lip is quite high.