The old SsangYong Rexton when it came to India, didn’t really make any big difference in the SUV segment. Although sold with a SsangYong badge, this was a car brought in to our market via Mahindra showrooms. Now, Mahindra is all set to bring the new generation Rexton to India, but this time, it will be a completely Mahindra badged SUV.
Although this is the new generation SsangYong Rexton is every which way, it is going to be called a Mahindra something. Rumours suggest, that this could be called the XUV700. Mahindra did showcase this car at the Auto Expo earlier this year to gauge customer response, and the brand is now testing it in real world situation to find out if it is any good for our market.
Of course, this is a full size SUV with 4×4, so the new Mahindra XUV700 (SsangYong Rexton) was recently caught undergoing off-road testing in the sand. And, the weather is quite hot as well. So this could very well be an endurance test for the engine and a 4×4 capability check.
Powering the new XUV700 / Rexton will be a 2.2L, turbo diesel motor good for 178 BHP of power and 420 Nm of torque matched to a 7-speed automatic gearbox.
The new XUV700 / Rexton will be a direct rival to the likes of Toyota Fortuner & Ford Endeavour. The Mahindra product will be loaded with features such as LED headlamp & DRLs, LED tail lamps, alloy wheels, body cladding, chrome elements, roof rails, sunroof, leather upholstery, touchscreen infotainment, climate control, electric seats, and a host of safety features.
The question is, how well priced will the new Mahindra XUV700 / SsangYong G4 Rexton be?