New Car: 2013 Ssangyong Rexton

Mahindra has launched its SsangYong Rexton premium SUV with a price tag of Rs 17.67 lakh (ex-showroom Mumbai) for the manual variant while the automatic costs Rs 19.67 lakh. Assembled at Mahindra’s Chakan plant, the company’s first SUV from the SsangYong stable will compete with the likes of the Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour, Hyundai Santa Fe and Mitsubishi Pajero Sport.

The new Rexton is powered by a five-cylinder DOHC 2.7-litre turbo-diesel motor, sourced from Mercedes and will be offered with 5-speed manual and 5-speed automatic variants. The engine has been tuned differently for the two gearboxes, so the manual version will have a power and torque rating of 162bhp and 34.7kgm while the automatic version will produce a far more substantial 184bhp and 41kgm.

The Rexton comes in two variants, RX5 and RX7.

The RX5 is available with a 5-speed manual gearbox. The interiors get premium fabric upholstery, leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear knob, and 8-way manually adjustable driver seat.

The RX7 comes with a 5-speed E-tronic automatic gearbox with manual mode and winter switch. There are E-tronic shift buttons on the steering wheel and it also gets a shift position indicator, memory function with three presets for the driver seat and OVRMs, electronic sunroof with sunblind, automatic headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, cruise control and all-wheel-drive system. It also has premium leather upholstery, leather-wrapped steering wheel with additional metal grain accents, gear knob with chrome and eight-way electrically adjustable driver seat.

Thanks to: Autocar India


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