Mahindra launched their flagship SUV – Alturas in India last year. It is the most premium and most expensive Mahindra car to ever go on sale. The SUV is a rebadged SsangYong Rexton G4, which is also the winner of UK’s best off roader award. Mahindra owns SsangYong, the South Korean car maker.
It’s time for the 2020 SsangYong Rexton G4. The model on sale in international markets now has been available since 2017. 2020 model that will be available is a work of cosmetic upgrades that leaves current power mechanics untouched.
Changes are warranted on the SsangYong Rexton G4 considering it’s been a good few years that the company has paraded the current front face. As the vehicle’s prepped by launch early next year, there’s visible changes to the exterior.
Horizontal slats in the grille casing have given way to a chain mesh radiator design. The front grille is larger than before as it extends lower than before and extends onto the side below the headlight casings. The front grille is fully outlined by a chrome strip unlike earlier.
The front bumper now includes a grey-silver element unlike the all black affair earlier. As such, the front faux skid plate effect is highlighted in silver-grey with a black mesh bit encased.
Rear design changes are concentrated and pronounced effect and the Rexton badging has been lowered in position to ease in the brand logo. On the inside, most of it looks familiar, especially the front console. Change can be seen in the new colour choice for the interior finish with the introduction of a grey and white dual-tone interior finish. Safety features on board now include a blind spot monitoring system, and automatic emergency braking system.
The new Rexton facelift is 4850 mm long, 1960 mm wide, and has a height of 1825 mm. It sits on a wheelbase of 2865 mm. Powering the Alturas in Korea is 2.2 liter diesel engine which now delivers more power. Output has been increased by 3% to 187 PS and 422 Nm torque. Transmission option is via 7 speed DCT.
Price of the facelifted Alturas starts from KRW 34.3 million (Rs 21 lakhs) and goes all the way to KRW 41.3 million (Rs 25 lakhs). In India, Mahindra has started testing the facelifted Alturas. The SUV has already been spied. For India, the updated Alturas is expected to debut at the 2020 Auto Expo, which is where it will also be launched. It is not clear if the Alturas will be offered in diesel or in petrol or in both post BS6 implementation.
Facelifted Alturas will have to comply with BS6 engine norms. But because of BS6, price of diesel Alturas could be increased in the region of Rs 3-5 lakhs. Same is not true if Mahindra decides to launch petrol Alturas. Currently, Alturas diesel is priced from Rs 28 lakhs in India, ex-sh.