Mahindra’s most expensive vehicle in India – the Alturas G4 is likely to get discontinued in the coming months. Due to Mahindra’s decision to stop investment in the struggling automaker – SsangYong, the Korean manufacturer is likely to stop the supply for components required to manufacture the Alturas G4. Mahindra and Mahindra is a major stakeholder in SsangYong.
According to T-BHP, Mahindra currently has components that are enough to build about 500 units of the Alturas G4. Post the exhaustion of the materials, Mahindra will discontinue the flagship SUV in the Indian market. Currently, Mahindra imports the Alturas as Completely Knocked Down (CKD) units from Korea and assembles it in its Chakan plant to keep the cost low.
Mahindra launched the all-new Alturas G4, which is based on the SsangYong Rexton in 2018. Earlier this year, updated BS6 version of the SUV was launched too. However, due to the low sales, there is a discount of about Rs 3 lakh on the vehicle.
Since the last SsangYong Rexton did not do very well in the Indian market, Mahindra decided to rebadge the vehicle and sell it under the Mahindra umbrella. Mahindra did a few India-specific changes like smaller tyres to reduce the cost and launched it last year to take on the well-established Ford Endeavour and Toyota Fortuner.
The Alturas G4 gets only a diesel engine in the Indian market. It gets a 2.2-litre four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine that is good for 180 PS and peak torque of 420 Nm. The torque peaks from low rpm of 1,600 rpm, making it quite an enjoyable drive. The Alturas also gets a proper 4X4 system with a low-range transfer case. To shift the drive mode, a rotary dial has been provided too. Mahindra only offers an automatic transmission in the Indian market but SsangYong also offers a manual transmission in the domestic market. The transmission unit is sourced from Mercedes-Benz
The vehicle gets a long list of features including dual-tone Nappa leather, which makes it extremely premium and luxurious. The SUV also gets leather finish on the door trims and soft-touch dashboard. The cabin only gets LED lamps and the sunroof gets anti-pinch function. Mahindra offers a 7.0-inch fully-digital instrument cluster and an 8-way power-adjustable driver seat. The climate control system has three ones and there is also an electronic parking brake. The vehicle gets rear parking assist, rain-sensing wiper, powered tailgate, 3D camera view and more. Safety-wise, the vehicle offers 9 airbags, ABS+EBD, Electronic Stability Programme, ARP, HDC, HAS, BAS and ESS.
Mahindra has a lot of plans in the coming months. This year, the brand launched the all-new Thar and next year, Mahindra plans to launch a slew of all-new vehicles. Mahindra will launch the all-new XUV500, which will become more expensive than the current version and is likely to fill the void left by the Mahindra Alturas G4. Also, the all-new XUV500, which will also be sold as a Ford product will be manufactured at the Chakan plant, where the Alturas is manufactured.