2013 Mahindra SsangYong Rexton – Top Speed India

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2013 Mahindra SsangYong

Posted on 05.30.2012 06:05 by

The Mahindra SsangYong’s Rexton. the SUV from the manufacturer which is to be launched in India has been at the Busan International Motor The 2013 model is completely new and to the Rexton II which we had reviewed year. This is the fourth update to the SUV which includes an face and a revised backside.

The W has been using the same since 2001 and changes the years have included a and mechanical upgrades in 2006. The made emission tweaks in SsangYong. which is known for its of SUV manufacturing, is now under the Mahindra

This is the third generation and was completed over a period of two and a years. Speaking at the unveiling, Lee CEO of Ssangyong Motor said, Rexton W, unveiled at the show, is the new SUV, enhancing the dignity of the which has taken the lead in the premium market, and is expected to its position in that market.” Rexton W will follow in the footsteps of the flagship premium SUV brand through advanced and quality.” The SUV is expected to be launched in either end of 2012 or beginning of year.

Design and interiors

According to the the Rexton W, the 3rd generation of the Rexton, ‘harmony between moderated and sides, embracing modern and luxurious charm with its projection headlamps shaped the eyes of an eagle’. Changes been made to the side as and the lines seem to merge the fender with the rear

The rear taillamps are revised as and they too have incorporated

There are changes to the dashboard as which now looks more The instrument console remains the but the manufacturer has added a lot of metallic and on the centre console there are inserts as well. The SUV retains the chunky steering which has for the audio and there is also a LCD screen located in the console can be linked to a digital camera or

The cabin is reasonably well and the gauges and dials are LED illuminated. space is generous, ergonomics are and there are lots of storage which make the SUV practical. The SUV can be in either 5 or 7 seats configuration.

The luggage space is limited all seven seats in position but you can fold both the two rear to increase the luggage capacity to

Engine and performance

The biggest is the all new fuel efficient turbo engine has been developed by The new 2-litre engine replaces the diesel unit which is from the old Mercedes M-class. The turbo charged engine 225PS and 500Nm of torque and the is on low end torque and improved drivability.

The 4 cylinder e-XDi200 Active Diesel engine is upgraded to IV norms. There is a less engine with a single charger version which around about the same as the Toyota Fortuner and the Mitsubishi Sport. According to the manufacturer the combines high fuel low Noise, Vibration and Harshness high performance and reliability.

The engine is matched to a Mercedes 5-speed automatic transmission.

The Rexton W uses a triple-layer frame and chassis structure. The is rigid and the body on frame isn’t ideal for ride The SUV uses a high tech air suspension which is combined electronically controlled air springs for the double wishbones and a multilink setup.

The ride quality is good but the SUV does have of body roll and handling it a handful. The steering is light but it give you much feedback. The ground clearance gives it off road abilities and there is a Hill Descent Control

Competition

The Toyota Fortuner is a runaway in India with its imposing refined and torquey engine with Toyota’s renowned There is now also an option of an gearbox and the cabin space is good as well. Ride and however aren’t the best in the The Mitsubishi Pajero Sport has a engine, the manual gearbox has a feel to it, interiors space is and so is the styling.

The ride is better the Fortuner and the body roll as disconcerting. The Ford Endeavour is a looking SUV, engine is and space is good. Ride and are some of its problems.

Verdict

The SsangYong Rexton now definitely much better. The styling is contemporary and the interiors too have a look and feel to them. space is another of its strengths and the all new is far more refined and the power is than adequate.

It remains to be seen what the manufacturer will bring India but if the Rexton wants to on the Fortuner and the Pajero Sport it will be important for the manufacturer to the power card. Ride be to the liking of most but handling the best around. The SUV will be either in end of the year or early year and it would be imperative for it to be below theFortuner.

The Rexton needs to be marketed aggressively and as a niche SUV.

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