Indian roads were ruled by the SUVs that rolled out from the factories of Mahindra and Tata which have made other manufacturers to create these SUVs to attract the SUV buffs. Tracing back the history of this amazing SUV, you will find that it has undergone various phases of transition making it a muscular one. Mahindra Ssangyong Rexton is a SUV with seven seater capacity that hit the SUV segment in India in the year 2012 after the Indian car maker had collaboration with the Korean car making firm Ssangyong Motors. Both these business tycoons have made sure that this Rexton would be a Sports Utility Vehicle with a sturdy body to overcome tough driving conditions.
India’s very own automaker, Mahindra has introduced a brand new variant of Ssangyong Rexton RX6 and has added it as a mid variant to the existing Rexton Range. This modern SUV has inherited the basic mechanics from the entry level variant of Mahindra Ssangyong Rexton RX5 and from RX7, which is a top end variant. This SUV is bestowed with a manual transmission along with an array of features such as electric sunroof, upholstery of premium leather materials, adjustable seat with memory function for the driver and intelligent 4X4 TOD or torque on demand system. This SUV targets those buyers who need a luxurious feel in their SUV but refer a manual gearbox for the same. The Rexton RX6 is constructed on the Mercedes M platform and ranks second in the high end selling models of SUVs in the Indian car segment. It is true that Mahindra Ssangyong Rexton and its variants have earned much appreciation in Indian market and let us dig in more through this road test review.
Mahindra has bestowed this muscular Mahindra Ssangyong Rexton SUV with a flamboyant exterior and its designers have design it in a stunning way. The outer structure of this massive SUV has an aerodynamic look thanks to the aggressive frontage with a bold look. The radiator grille on the front has a trendy design which when teamed up with generous amount of chrome makes it a fantastic choice. The front grille flaunts 3 vertical slats and is much bigger and is complete with a huge head light cluster. The unique projector lamp design that is shaped as an eagle eye offers a better view to the driver when driving on dark roads. The front bumper flaunt the body color and has stylish trim along with a pair of brightly lit fog lamps that are well integrated within it. It also flaunts a huge air dam in between the fog lamps that helps it to the cool the efficient diesel engine that resides behind it. The windscreen on the front is quite big and offers a better view while driving the SUV. It also has a pair of intermittent wipers along with auto rain sensors integrated within it.
The side profile flaunts a much smoother look and it sports a side turn blinkers of LED to make it look very attractive. This new entrant, Mahindra Ssangyong Rexton has side mouldings with a trendy design that compliments the generous treatment of chrome that makes this SUV looks very polished. The rightly placed door handles of body colored look are bestowed with pull up levers. The neatly pronounced carved wheel arches are fitted with a highly exclusive and modish set of 16 inch wheels of light alloy materials and 10 spoke design that are draped perfectly by the robust tubeless tyres of P235 / 75 R16 which delivers an amazing grip on all kinds of terrains.
This well built SUV also has side steps that are of stainless steel materials coupled by rubber inserts to offer better grip that enables you to climb in or out of the huge SUV easily. The roof features a stylish pair of colored roof rails in silver and a sunroof with panoramic ability to improve the elegance of this vehicle. The antenna shaped like a shark fin supports the entertainment features for its occupants. The huge wind screen at the rear has a wipe function along with rear wash feature and a defogger. The L shaped parking lights and the prominent emblem of Rexton make the huge tailgate look good and compliments the tail light clusters and the rear spoiler. The chrome styled exhaust pipe and high mount stop lamp accentuates the rear look. Apart from these features on the exterior, it also has the brand name on its scruff plates that offers a stunning look to this Mahindra Ssangyong Rexton. The total length of this gigantic SUV is 4755 mm with an overall width of 1900 mm that also includes the rear view mirrors on its exterior. The wheel base is 2835 mm and the ground clearance is 252 mm that makes it good for adventurous drivers who prefer off road drives. The turning radius of this Rexton RX6 is 5.7 m, which makes it an exceptional one and helps the driver to manage heavy traffic conditions at ease.
Mahindra has bestowed a remarkable exterior to Mahindra Ssangyong Rexton and has made sure that they leave no stone unturned while designing its elegant interior. One cannot help being amazed at enchanting and plush interior that makes it a class apart from the rest of the SUVs in the Indian market. The Rexton SUV flaunts a dual color scheme in its interior made of beige and black along with dollop of accents in metal making it look urban and classy.
The comfortable seating arrangements boast of luxury in all aspects and it also has premium grade leather upholstery drapes the cushioned seats which are highly soft. The power steering wheel with four spoke is draped in leather along with the hand brakes and gear shift lever that adds to its elegant. The seats are designed to have high class lumbar support, adjustable seats on the front and electrically adjustable driver seat has an eight way adjustment along with memory function that stores different sitting position. Mahindra has tried to impress and pamper its driver seat with auto easy access function and adjustable lumbar support. There is an armrest between the two seats on the front that enables the occupants in the front seats enjoy a comfortable drive. It has a powerful air conditioning unit along with separate blowers for the second row and third row occupants to enable them to have a pleasurable ride. You can fold the rear seats in a ratio of 60:40 as it lets you store many things inside.
The external rear view mirrors are developed in such a way that it can be adjusted electrically or fold it and have heating function too. The central console of Mahindra Rexton RX6 is equipped with a brilliant infotainment system with touch screen and has many features. This muscular XUV also has an internal rear view mirror that can be adjusted to any position based on the convenience of the driver. The car maker has bestowed this SUV with premium quality floor mats on the front and rear; dash broad mounted 3 powers outlets of 12V below the passenger seats and boot space. This ragged four wheeler also has immense storage packets behind the front seats and doors, sunglass holders overhead, centre console armrest with storage space, storage compartment beneath the boot floor, mobile holder in dash board, tail gate with flip up feature and an internal tail gate. In addition this sport utility vehicle also has three row reading lamps, illuminated front glove box, sun visors along with vanity mirrors for the front occupants and drivers illuminated ignition key hole, cigarette lighter, coat hook and detachable ash tray. Though the interiors of the Mahindra Ssangyong Rexton is spacious and roomy with high end plastic quality with Rexton finish, the knee room of the third row seats are highly disappointing, as it can give a tough time to tall occupants who are seated there as their knees might get hurt by scratching on the second row seats.
HEART OF THE MATTER
Mahindra Rexton RX6 derives the power from a totally different power mill. It is bestowed with 2.7 LRX270 XDi engine that can delivers a torque of 340 Nm and a power of 162 bhp. This cylinder engine offers excellent drivability both on city roads and on highways it has a negligible turbo lag and the motor pulls off in a clean manner with 1800 rpm while offering good torque wave. Though the overall NVH is under control the oil burner is a bit audible and offers a premium feel while driving we also felt that the low range and mid range of this SUV is quite strong and the top end offers a punch that enables the SUV to go strong but at the high end, it is mated with the manual transmission gear box of 5 speed that makes it easy to use on slick shifts but it requires a bit of effort sometimes.
We felt that the in gear acceleration is best in this Mahindra vehicle, as there is no need to work much with the gear box. The first gear lets the SUV to accelerate up to 40 kmph, the second gear up to 70 kmph, the third gear up to 100 kmph and fourth gear up to 140 kmph. The fifth gear lets the SUV cruise at 100 kmph at the rate of 2000 rpm while keeping its motor calm. You will find a shift on fly 4WD modes that enables the massive four wheeler to stay much capable off the road when compared to its automatic mode. You can expect a decent fuel economy of about 10 kmph.
The Mahindra Rexton RX6 is a double tone SUV that arrives with a good amount of body roll. The SUV responds to steering input in a better way but you have to slow down the vehicle while dealing with sharp ends and turns. The steering feedback is very light at slow speeds and when the SUV gather speed, it weighs a bit and then stays lighter. The riding quality of Rexton RX6 is quite decent even while driving at slow speeds and its suspension absorbs the undulations, potholes and rough surfaces in a mature way. The high commanding speed stability and the cabins vertical movements are minimum, which needs the special mention. Though it has an effecting braking system along with a linear pedal bike, there is a bit of nose dive as the front is quite heavy. The presence of EBD and antilock breaking system prevents the wheel from locking and skidding.
The efficient suspension system, which is similar to the ones boasted by its rivals which comprises of dual wish bone coil spring on the front and the 5 link coil spring suspension with rigid axle on the rear helps it to deal with all potholes and uneven roads. However the suspension system is softer and does not match up to the rivals such as Mahindra Bolero or premier Rio in the premium SUV segment. The steering wheel with power assistance enables you have a better handling and are easy to drive it on road with heavy traffic. The SUV also has an array of safety features like engine immobilizer, traction control, air bags on the front and collision avoidance system that enables the occupants of the car to stay safe even during the accident.
The Rexton RX6 looks promising while considering all its aspects as the car maker hopes to make its presence much stronger in Indian car market that ever before. This Mahindra Ssangyong Rexton SUV has a comfortable interior with additional features and non comprised safety features that makes it standout in the SUV segment in India. The slick and smooth manual transmission is easy to operate and makes it capable vehicle off the road than the ones with auto variant. This is a best vehicle for those buyers who wish to travel on chauffeur driven cars as they can enjoy the luxuries feel sitting at the back and avoid paying a premium some for the auto variant. The RX variant misses cruise control features and the rear parking camera which is a must have for an SUV of this size. We think that Mahindra Rexton RX6 is positioned by its manufacturer at the sweet spot for SUV buffs who wish to enjoy the feel of RX7 but are satisfied with a manual transmission to control their gear box and enjoy off broad driving occasionally at affordable price tag. The Rexton RX6 is priced at Rs. 19.96 lakhs according to the ex-showroom price in Delhi.
Style & Substance 4/5 Ride & Handling 3.5/5
Interiors & Ergonomics: 4/5 Safety & Equipment 3.5/5
Power-Plant & Transmission 4/5 Fuel Efficiency 3.5/5
Value for Money 3.5/5