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Mahindra Alturas G4 to get BS6 compliant: SPIED testing!

Mahindra Alturas G4, the all-new SUV, which was launched earlier this year to take on the likes of Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour is currently undergoing testing. Mr Ganesh spotted the car and has sent the pictures to us. The Alturas G4 is currently the most expensive vehicle from the brand in the Indian market. It is a rebadged version of the SsangYong Rexton and was launched in India under the Mahindra brand because there is no brand recognition when it comes to SsangYong.

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The new BS6 emission rules will be implemented in India from 1st April 2019, however, before that many manufacturers have started offering BS6 compliant vehicles in the Indian market. Mahindra is yet to launch a BS6 compliant vehicle in the market but soon the brand will launch new products that will meet the emission compliance set by the government. It will be illegal to sell any four-wheeler or two-wheeler in the Indian market after 1st April 2020 that does not meet the BS6 regulations.

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The Alturas G4, which was caught testing on the public roads can be seen with minimal camouflage. The SUV gets its logo hidden from everywhere. Even the logos on the alloy wheels have been masked. However, it is difficult not to recognise the Alturas G4 since it offers a lot of road presence.

Currently, the Mahindra Alturas G4 is available with only a single engine option. The SUV was launched towards the end of 2018 and is available in 2WD and 4WD options. Both the versions of the Alturas G4 get the same 2.2-litre, 4-cylinder diesel engine that produces a maximum power of 178 Bhp at 4,000 rpm and peak torque of 420 Nm between 1,600 and 2,600 rpm. It gets a 7-speed automatic transmission, which is sourced from Mercedes-Benz.

Mahindra is unlikely to change the engine specifications. The engine option will remain the same and even the power and torque output will remain similar. It should be noted that the 2.2-litre engine powering the Mahindra Alturas G4 is not the same engine that powers the Mahindra Scorpio and the Mahindra XUV500. Mahindra is developing an all-new 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engine that will power the next-generation SUVs from the brand like the Mahindra Thar, Mahindra Scorpio and the Mahindra XUV500.

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Apart from the engine becoming compliant to the new emission compliance, all the other features and equipment available with the Mahindra Alturas G4 will remain the same. The Alturas G4 offers features like a 360-degree camera, 8-way adjustable driver seat with memory function and dual-zone climate control system. There is a 9.2-litre infotainment system that comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay system. The instrument cluster gets a 7.3-inch TFT screen. Just like any other Mahindra car, the Alturas G4 comes loaded with features. There are 9 airbags, Electronic Stability Program (ESP), Hill Start Assist, Active Rollover Protection, Traction Control System, and Hill Descent control and more.