SsangYong Rexton rolls: Highway to the hillside

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SsangYong Rexton rolls: to the hillside

Hrithik Kiran and Puneeth Nagarajaiah, August 21, DH New Service#8200;

The call of rain the dark clouds above, the cool weather and the open in front beckons anyone to up and drive. The conditions seem to explore the areas out of the noisy, precincts of Bangalore.

We hit upon an to not just drive out, but to the behaviour and performance of one of the recent on the Indian auto block.

Not too ago, in November 2012, sports utility vehicle behemoth Mahindra Mahindra a part of the $15.9 billion Group, had unveiled the SsangYong proclaiming it as a premium global which promised both and power. It is this vehicle we have decided to test and see makes the Rexton so unique and in the face of burgeoning competition.

we shall introduce the brand. The Motor Company is the fourth automobile manufacturer in South and the name ‘SsangYong’ means dragons in Korean. In February MM acquired 70 per cent of the company, brought the Rexton to India.

and developed by SsangYong in South itself, this is the third Rexton, and the model that we are is the SsangYong Rexton RX7.

Massive exteriors

One of the earliest after looking at the Rexton RX7 is this car is big. Covering a of 4755 mm, combined with a of 1900 mm and a height of 1840 mm roof rails), the kind of specifications of the Rexton RX7 ensures you could admire the massive from a distance and it heralds you arrived.

Above all, it is a statement that you make you step out of the car.

Sporting the chrome radiator grille to the headlamps, with L-shaped lights, configured to resemble the of an eagle, the SsangYong Rexton RX7 to be in a league of its own. The auto and rain sensing wipers without having to be told. with this, is its stainless beltline and chrome moulding creates a well-balanced flow apart from the stylish with LED turn indicators and 16-inch alloy wheels.

The of the car, with the name being engraved above the line and the LED tail lamps, adds more seriousness to the

Once seated in the RX7, the makes all occupants feel at as the seating ergonomics on the car are comfortably to everyone’s requirement. We shall describing the interiors as we drive.

We switch on the ignition and lo! The driver’s begins moving forward itself, in order to help the get the perfect driving position. The car is of an 8-way driver seat system, and if further adjustments are the RX7 also provides electrically controls on the right-hand side of the seat.

The seat adjusted, we the electronic gearbox to D (drive) and head out. The rains just set in and the road is getting with mud and dirt. But the roomy make sure we are not intimidated by the of bad weather outside.

Sit inside the Rexton RX7 and you are transported into a world altogether.

Starting the premium, dual-tone, beige and interiors complemented by metal accents and plush leather the interiors look fresh and For a driver, it is delightful to behold a wheel wrapped in leather additional metal grain and a gear knob wrapped in as well. The automatic gear in the centre is large and easy to and the modes can be dexterously shifted.

The dashboard is composed of a large steering wheel, which contains conveniently placed system controls and switches for control.

The large 6-inch infotainment system in the centre for DVD, CD, MP3, USB and FM entertainment.

It proves to be a good guide long drives into areas, thanks to its inbuilt GPS system with preloaded

In addition to the elegant centre the convenient centre armrest and the AC and rear cup holders give the interiors a world-class feel.

is coupled with Automatic Control ensuring the drive is a An electric sunroof is also of the package, which helps in the car feel more spacious and

Time to punch it

Once the car is in the engine sound is down to a within the cabin, and occupants can a noise-free drive.

We take the car on Road, and when we arrive at a of roughly 85 km from Bangalore, it is way past sunset and the highway is bustling with traffic. But the interiors just do not seem to us feel the chaos while on the The large slanting headlights of the are powerful and help in easily it in darkness.

The Rexton RX7 runs on a strong 2696 cc RX270 XVT powertrain, an impressive 184 bhp with 402 Nm torque. We sense the acceleration of the car especially it whizzed past traffic within a short time, was way of the pack of vehicles that be seen through the rear mirror shrinking into the

The RX7 dominates the highway. Day or night, the car can find its way through pockets of and then finally emerge of it in no time. As already mentioned, the is meshed with a 5-speed automatic transmission, built Mercedes-Benz Technology, which driving not only hasslefree but a pleasure.

After a few hours of driving on Mysore Road, we are that the Rexton has a lot of potential as a monster, and the RX7 delivers a top speed of 194

But once back in Bangalore, as for big cars, we must admit the RX7 does get caught in the din of the urban with the constant traffic that are experienced here day. It becomes a little for it to punt through traffic, and to its automatic transmission, sudden while at high speeds some deft handling and

Safety first

Next we to take the car on the steep climb of Hills, hoping to experience the All-Wheel Drive. The engine is as as ever when the Rexton roaring across the steep pin curves that are found on the With a wheel base of mm, a ground clearance of 252 mm and a turning of 5.7 metres, the car is easily able to its grip over the road, and the few and puddles that dot the landscape, and the burst of rain is no match for the

It is during such drives can one the true essence of an SUV and the RX7 not only up the challenge with panache, but safely defeats it. The car comes with multiple advanced and passive safety systems. At the of the Rexton RX7 is the Electronic Stability (ESP), which constantly the movement and direction of the car and initiates action as soon as it detects of control.

On the descent, the Hill Control identifies steep and engages itself to assist the down a steep slope caution. That aside, the also has Anti-Rollover Protection, closely monitors a range of and identifies potentially dangerous conditions that could to the vehicle rolling over. before the situation becomes it causes the ESP system to intervene and the vehicle speed, thereby stability.

We will note here the RX7 superbly passes all these while at Nandi Hills.

all this and more, the Rexton a mileage of 11.18 kms per litre, the aid of a sturdy 78-litre tank.

are too many players today in the SUV and almost all of them offer the promise. But if the Rexton stands out in way, it is for its overall package, at a price. The Rexton RX7 automatic by offers performance, road comfort, space, and feel of a SUV.

But as a brand, SsangYong have to contend with from major players it aim at grabbing a share of the already Indian SUV markets. For the enthusiast and buyer alike, an RX7 can be had for a price of Rs. lakh (ex-showroom Bangalore), and it is the drive.

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