The outgoing model wears the ‘Ssangyong’ badging. Despite a few years since introduction, Ssangyong remains a name largely unknown in India and stands out for it’s price tag, especially since associated with Mahindra.
This time around, the company is borrowing the car, and doing away with the Ssangyong badging, while also renaming the vehicle. Mahindra took-over Ssagyong back in 2010, and first showcased vehicles from the Ssangyong lineup at the 2012 Auto Expo. This time around, the company is attempting a new approach by marketing the vehicle under it’s own brand name. Popularly dubbed as XUV700 / Y400.
With a fat money pouch discount, a top of the line Rexton RX7 is now cheaper than a Mahindra XUV500 or Toyota Innova Crysta. Rexton RX7 is listed at a price of Rs 25.99 lakh (ex-sh).
The discount offer shatters that price tag and lets buyers walk away with a new Rexton for about Rs 16.5 lakhs. Which is about Rs 20 lakhs on-road, and this includes expenses (road tax, registration and insurance) required to take the vehicle on road.
Rexton AWD gets power from a 2696cc diesel engine and returns max power of 186 bhp of power and 402 Nm of torque, mated to an automatic gearbox. Segments rivals Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour fare well in the market, and Ssangyong Rexton has been unable to make a much necessary dent owing to limited sales.
New generation Rexton was first showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo and has been testing diligently since. To be available with a 2.2-litre diesel engine that returns 187 bhp power and 420 Nm torque, it’s likely to be available at a more competitive price point in today’s relatively mature market as compared to the first attempt. It rivals Toyota Fortuner.