Launched in November last year and priced from Rs 26.95 lakh (ex-showroom, India), Alturas G4 is Mahindra’s best move ever to stake its claim in the premium SUV segment. Alturas G4 is Mahindra’s flagship SUV and it competes with the likes of Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour, Skoda Kodiaq, Isuzu MU-X and Honda CR-V.
It is currently available only with diesel option and comes in 2WD and 4WD variants. Sales have been decent so far, with the company reporting more than one thousand bookings since its launch. To boost sales, there are unconfirmed reports claiming that Mahindra plans to launch a petrol engine option with Alturas, which will bring entry price even lower, and will help in increasing sales even further.
Now, automotive enthusiast from Chennai, Karthikeyan has managed to click a photo of Mahindra Alturas wearing SsangYong Rexton badge. Point to be noted here is that the Mahindra Altruas is in fact a rebadged SsangYong Rexton. It is possible that the Rexton above is a test mule of petrol engine, or upgraded BS6 compliant diesel engine. Chennai is where the R&D center of Mahindra Automotive is located.
In India, Mahindra Alturas G4 gets its power from a 2.2-litre, four-cylinder, BS4 diesel engine that delivers 178 bhp of max power and 420 Nm of max torque. Engine is mated to a 7-speed automatic torque converter sourced from Mercedes-Benz. Internationally, the same SUV is offered with a 2 liter petrol e-XGDI 200T turbo engine, which delivers 225 hp. Transmission options include 6 speed MT as well as automatic. Just like diesel counterpart, petrol Alturas is also offered with 2WD as well as 4WD.
Most exterior features of Alturas G4 are same as Rexton, with the exception of few items such as signature Mahindra grille that comes with vertical chrome slats and company logo in the centre. Other key features include HID headlamps with dual function DRLs, prominent front bumper, ORVMs with turn indicators, large roof rails and 18-inch diamond cut alloy wheels. At the rear, there’s roof mounted spoiler with integrated brake lights, wraparound LED tail lamps, and Alturas G4 badging.
Interiors are designed to be plush and luxurious, featuring dual-tone brown and black colour scheme, quilted Nappa leather upholstery, leather finished dashboard and door trims, premium central console, ergonomic seats, ventilated front seats, ambient cabin lighting, 2nd and 3rd row AC vents, and sunroof with anti-pinch function. Alturas G4 is equipped with an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system supporting Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and a 7-inch fully-digital instrument cluster. Other key features include dual zone fully automatic climate control, 8-way power adjustable driver seat and electronic parking brakes.
Alturas G4 scores high on safety as well with 9 airbags, ABS with EBD, electronic stability program, rear parking assist, rain sensing wiper, 3D around view camera, smart power tailgate, hill descent control, hill start assist, brake assist system, active rollover protection, and ISOFIX seat mounts.