Rexton is a premium high-end SUV manufactured by South Korean auto major SsangYong. The first generation of this vehicle was launched in South Korea in the year 2001. The 2nd generation of Rexton was launched in 2006 and then the 3rd was launched in 2012.
In India, Rexton was launched in 2012 by Mahindra & Mahindra in association with SsangYong. With its premium and state of the art features the SsangYong Mahindra Rexton is competing to the likes of Toyota Fortuner, Mitsubishi Pajero and Ford Endeavour. The vehicle is being offered in 2 different variants namely RX5 and RX7.
In terms of engine, Rexton comes with RX270 Xdi and RX270 XVT engines, displacement of 2696cc, has 5 cylinders and 5 gears. The RX5 variant can deliver a maximum power of 162 BHP @4000 rpm and a maximum torque of 340 NM @1800-3250 rpm while the RX7 variant can offer maximum power of 184 BHP @4000 rpm and maximum torque of 402 BHP@1600-3000 rpm. The RX5 variant comes with manual transmission while the RX7 variant comes with automatic transmission. The vehicle has BS IV compliant emission. The RX5 and RX7 promises to deliver fuel efficiency of 12.4 kmpl and 11.8 kmpl respectively (As per Arai).
The SsangYong Rexton has a length of 4755 mm, width of 1900 mm and height of 1785 (1840 with roof tails). The vehicle has a wheelbase of 2835 mm, ground clearance of 252 mm and turning radius of 5.7m. The tyre size is P 235/75 R16 and fuel tank capacity is 78 L.
When it comes to the exterior look, the classy chrome grille design gives a bold and aggressive look to the SUV. The projector headlamps are configured in a way that resembles the eagle’s eyes and the Rexton emblem makes the vehicle look appealing while the L shaped parking lamp adds more to it. The SUV has a stylish bumper, integrated fog lamps and turn signals. While the ORVMs with integrated turn indicators help enhance road safety it also makes the design look sophisticated. On the side, it has chrome body mouldings. The 10-spoke 16” alloy wheels make the vehicle look more stylish and contemporary. The premium silver coloured roof rails emphasize the sophistically designed SUV. In the rear, the Rexton has an L shaped parking lights and LED rear tail lamps.
Moving further, the interior has a three row seat concealed with superior dual tone, beige and black colours. The high quality leather upholstery enhances the luxurious feeling inside the SUV. It has an ultra convenient 8-way electrically adjustable driver seat with automatic easy access function that brings the driver seat to the default position. The ORVMs can be electrically adjusted and folded as per the driver’s convenience. The steering wheel comes with tilt function and audio controls. It is also equipped with touch-screen infotainment system with MP3, DVD, USB port & Aux-in and 6 speakers. Other features include day and night IRVM, keyless entry, AC vents in all the three rows, and a sunglass holder.
The SsangYong Rexton is loaded with host of technological features like video theatre that gives the feeling of a car theatre. It has a navigation system with preloaded maps, E-tronic gearbox with sporty manual mode and winter switch to enhance driving pleasure in various road conditions, E-Tronic shift buttons on steering wheel and shift position indicator. The speed sensitive power steering enhances the drivers control on the vehicle in different driving conditions. Other technical features include rear parking sensors, memory function with 3 presets for driver seat and ORVMs, automatic headlamps that turn on when it senses darkness, rain sensing wipers and cruise control.
The premium SUV is loaded with host of safety features like ABS (Anti-lock Braking System), ESP (Electronic Stability Program) with off switch, Active roll over protection to keep you grounded by mitigating body roll with the help of sensors, Hill Descent Control (HDC), dual front and side airbags and an immobilizer. Other safety features include rear windscreen defogger and washer.
Overall, my verdict is that the SUV is here to give the competitors a tough time. The combination of excellent features and design is surely giving it an edge.