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First look at the new SsangYong Rexton SUV

Published:Sunday | April 30, 2017 | 4:00 AM

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The Rexton is a massive SUV, but compared to its flabby predecessor, the new Rexton is much better looking though still having the hefty old-school SUV proportions. To be called G4 Rexton in Korea and just Rexton internationally, the new SUV is 4,850mm long, 1,920mm wide, 1,800mm high, and has a 2,865mm wheelbase. Developed under the project name Y400 and seen as the LIV-2 concept at the Paris motor show in September 2016, it features the latest design language of SsangYong.

The new front-end will be common to all future SsangYong models and features a large grille and big, yet nicely designed, headlamps. The side gets strong character lines while the rear, with the small yet sporty tail-lamps, brings in a lot more flair compared to the bland earlier model. Twenty-inch wheels are offered along with daytime running lights and LED lamps.

 

INTERIOR

 

Inside though, things have gone up several notches. In fact, compared with its rivals, the interior easily has the best quality and also looks the most premium. The leather, wood, and metal finish give it the look and feel of an SUV that is twice the price. Plus, in terms of features you get, well, everything, including an HD 9.20-inch screen-displays navigation and the usual features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto with device mirroring. Other features include auto-closing doors; dual-zone, fully automated air-conditioning; powered tail-gate; nine airbags. Space is huge, too, with enough space in the second row with excellent comfort.

 

ENGINES

 

On offer is a 2.2 litre turbo diesel engine and Mercedes-Benz 7-speed automatic transmission, while there is also a 2.0 litre turbo petrol engine mated to an Aisin six-speed automatic transmission. There is also 4WD with high/low ratios for when on and off-road conditions demand.

 

INDIA LAUNCH AND PRICE

 

Without doubt, the new generation Rexton is hugely impressive but the question remains as to the price as Mahindra needs to launch it at an aggressive price.

- Somnath Chatterjee