Mahindra today launched their firs Ssangyong SUV, the Rexton in India at a price of Rs.17.6 lakh ex-showroom Mumbai. The Rexton is available in two options the RX7 AWD AT variant and the RX5 4WD manual variant.
Here we take a closer look at the Rexton to see what it has to offer Indian buyers in terms of comfort features and more.
Mahindra Ssangyong Rexton exterior
From the front the Rexton looks huge and imposing. Its large grille and angular headlamps give it a classy appearance. Unlike other Mahindra vehicles the Rexton looks sophisticated without any doubts. It is not just butch like the Scorpio, nor is it trying too hard like the XUV500. It is a perfect blend of SUV like presence and the elegance that a vehicle in this price band should have.
The rear of the Rexton is simple in design but isn’t really as boring as it seems in pictures. It has sharp lines and a large old-school tail lamp cluster. The rear windshield has an interesting shape and almost cuts into the window line; completely in-line with the rear quarter glass.
In profile the Rexton look long and has large wheel arches which give it a brawny appearance. Even in profile the Rexton manages to sustain a rounded off appearance and looks pretty attractive. It isn’t nearly as butch as the Fortuner from the side though.
The Rexton RX5 MT is powered by a five-cylinder 2.7 litre (2,696 cc) diesel engine that puts out 162 bhp at 4,000 rpm and 340 Nm of torque at 1800 rpm while the RX7 AWD AT variant churns out 184 bhp and 402 Nm at 1600 rpm.
Mahindra Ssangyong Rexton interior
The Rexton’s large chunky steering wheel is fairly simple in design but it is packed with buttons; ten buttons to be exact! Although Mahindra-Ssangyong has given these buttons to make it easier for the driver to switch through radio stations and tweak volume, they may end up fouling with the hands when taking turns.
The Speedometer looks fairly simple but the rest of the dashboard looks well built and there are no evident panel gaps. Plastic quality also seems to be top notch and the centre console looks simple and utilitarian.
The image you see here is of the Automatic variant which is a fairly traditional layout. The handbrake lever however is too far off to the left almost begging the front left passenger to put it to use. This seems to be one of the minor quirks that have filtered through while turning the Rexton into a right hand drive from a left hand drive.
The middle row seats have a good amount of space, enough even for particularly tall passengers. The beige upholstery compliments the space inside the cabin and makes it look even more airy. Headroom too is sufficient and the front seats have been moulded so as to free up more space in the middle row.
The Rexton has a real surprise in the last row: In the form of decent leg and headroom even for the third row passengers. Apart from the useful storage space on either side the glass area also provides a spacious feel in the rear.
Fold the last row of seats flat and you get an enormous boot, enough for a few large suitcases. It will be useful when owners take the Rexton out of the city for off-road adventures or even for cross country road trips.