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Ssangyong Rexton Review

By Aditya Chatterjee; 1st June, 2014
Introduction

Ssangyong Rexton Review

There is no debating on the fact that Mahindra and Mahindra has evolved into a diversified brand. From starting as a humble jeep maker, the company has it presence felt across multiple platforms. They have always believed in venturing into challenging terrains. Be it their acquisition of electric car company Reva or the two wheeler maker Kinetic Engineering, Mahindra has often raised its own standards.

Ssangyong Rexton

Even the Ssagyong deal which might have got the critics thinking since it was not a popular brand was a smart move by the company. They wanted to mark their entry in the premium SUV space and thus the Rexton was launched. Toyota Fortuner's success in this range made many jump in but Mahindras were careful to position the Rexton in the most strategic way possible. The result was evident as Fortuner's sales took a dent.

The Rexton offers many features similar to some of the premium SUVs but then it is not priced as much compared to them. We find out more on this flagship offering.

Exterior

The earlier generation Rexton looked very simple with a conventional design. The radiator grille which seemed a direct fit from its German inspiration along with those weird looking headlamps didn't make sense for it to be continued on the new generation and happily the new car got the needed facelift.

Ssangyong Rexton

The Ssangyong Rexton has sufficient street presence when compared to the Fortuner. The larger dimensions of the Rexton really work well. Curvy and wide chrome grille gives it a stylish face with large well proportioned sweeping back headlights. The projectors also get the model name etched on it. The long running bonnet gets smooth lines.

Ssangyong Rexton

Flared side wheel arches and chunky 23575 R16 tyres give it a strong side profile. The ORVMs get embedded turn indicators. There is a subtle chrome lining given to the windows. The upside down rear quarter panel design looks good. Even the rear of the new generation Rexton has been revamped with the use of LEDs in tail lamp. The rear windshield nicely wraps the tail door and merges properly with the D pillar. The only issue is too much of labelling of Ssangyong, RX7, AWD AT Rexton and 'by Mahindra' on the tail door which looks messy. It would have been better with minimal display of names to keep it clean.

The Rexton is a decent looking SUV with enough street presence for a typical chunky SUV fan. The changes that were introduced on this 3rd generation version are impressive.

Ssangyong Rexton

Interior

The interiors of Rexton fair well but will not sweep you over with premium quality. The trims material and finishing are not worth complaining though but then they lack the soft touch of a premium quality interior perhaps they wanted it like that.

Ssangyong Rexton

The leather quality on seats is very impressive and cuddles the occupants with great care. The front row legroom is great with electrically adjustable driver seats. If the front row passengers decide to use the space comfortably then unfortunately the second row passengers might be in soup. The legroom in second row is not sufficient and that paired with its peculiar position makes it uncomfortable. The third row of seats is primarily to keep luggage/groceries and if you decide to replace that with humans it would be a tough job for them to happily hang in there.

Ssangyong Rexton

Touch screen system with pre loaded navigation maps, steering mounted controls, iPod Aux-in connectivity, automatic dimming lights, fully automatic climatic control and many more features makes the Rexton a laden SUV for the savvy generation. The list of features is impressive but then the overall feel is very functional.

Ssangyong Rexton

Performance

 A look at the comparo sheet and the Rexton comes out a clear winner in power and torque figures over the Toyota Fortuner and Isuzu MU7. The Rexton uses a 5 cylinder 2696cc engine producing 184 PS at 4000 rpm and a torque of 402Nm which is greater than the other two. It also comes in two optional detuned manual transmission variants. The one we had was the 5 speed automatic RX7 variant.

Ssangyong Rexton

It might look bigger on specs on paper but is not exactly as quick when it comes to real time situation. At lower initial speeds, it takes great efforts to haul the SUV at a higher speed. The automatic shifts don’t earn any accolades for being crisp on shift. It has an evident lag. While others have moved on, Ssangyong still manages to run the show with a 5 speed torque converter unit. There are no gear shifters but instead buttons on the steering wheel to change gears. 

It's larger dimensions come into play when the Rexton is thrown around corners at high speeds. The body roll takes over its handling potential. High profile 235/75 R16 tyres will make sure you can drive it over anything possible without being scared but then they are not the best in the business when it comes to controlling this massive vehicle. Even the brakes lack bite.
Ssangyong Rexton
 
You might not complain a lot if you decide to take the Rexton for a long commute. It has sufficient pitching to make occupants doze off on long journeys. Cruising at triple digit speeds is not a task at all and its large engine takes care of it. During overtaking, the automatic might not behave like a whip but then if you can afford to ignore it, it offers a comfortable ride on highways.
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Tech specs
Technical Specifications
 Make Ssangyong
 Model Rexton
Engine Displacement 2696
Power (PS/RPM) 184/4000
Torque (NM/RPM) 402/1600-3000
Gears 5/AT
Groud clearence 140 @ 6400
Length 4755
Width 1900
Height 1785
Wheel Base 2835
Turning circle radius 5.7
Fuel Tank capacity 78
Tyre Rating P 235/75 R16
Features
Features RX5 MT (TOD) RX6 MT (TOD) RX7 AT (AWD)
Dual tone beige & black interiors Yes Yes Yes
Metal grain accents Yes Yes Yes
Premium upholstery Fabric Leather Leather
Leather wrapped steering wheel Yes Yes With additional metalgrain accents
Gear knob Leather wrapped Leather wrapped With chrome and metalgrain accents
8-way electrically adjustable driver seat No Yes Yes
8-way manually adjustable driver seat Yes No No
Driver seat with adjustable lumbar support Yes Yes Yes
Automatic easy access function for driver seat No Yes Yes
ORVMs with electric adjustment + folding and heating Yes Yes Yes
Steering mounted audio controls Yes Yes Yes
Tilt adjustable steering wheel Yes Yes Yes
Day and night IRVM Manual Auto Auto
Power windows with driver side auto up-down Yes Yes Yes
Keyless entry Yes Yes Yes
3 - 12V power outlets (dashboard mounted, below front passenger seat & boot) Yes Yes Yes
Cigarette lighter Yes Yes Yes
Removable ashtray Yes Yes Yes
Front and 2nd row cup holders Yes Yes Yes
Fully automatic climate control system Yes Yes Yes
Rear parking sensors - audible Yes Yes Yes
Automatic headlamps No Yes Yes
Rain sensing wipers No Yes Yes
Cruise control No No Yes
Competition
Specifications
Ssangyong
Rexton
Toyota
Fortuner
Isuzu
MU7
Variant RX7 4x2 AT 4x2 MT HI PACK
Price Ex-Showroom Mumbai Rs. 20,90,374 23,32,095 21,87,000
Engine Displacement 2696 2982 2999
Power (PS/RPM) 184/4000 169/3600 161/3600
Torque (NM/RPM) 402/1600-3000 360/1400 360/1800
Gears 5/AT 5/AT 5/MT
Groud clearence 208 220 210
Length 4755 4705 4955
Width 1900 1840 1800
Height 1785 1850 1805
Wheel Base 2835 2750 3050
Turning circle radius 5.7 5.6 6.2
Fuel Tank capacity 78 80 76
Tyre Rating 235/75 R16 265 / 65 R17 245 / 70 R16
Leather Upholstery Yes Yes Yes
Automatic Headlamps Yes Yes No
Daytime Running Lamps (DRLS) Yes No No
Cruise Control Yes Yes No
ESP Yes No No
Traction Control System (TCS) No No No
CD Entertainment System No No No
Rear Parking With Camera Sensor Camera Camera
Engine Immobilizer Yes Yes Yes
Child Safety Feature Yes Yes Yes
Conclusion

Mahindra has pitched the Rexton to battle it against mainstream players like the Hyundai Santa Fe Toyota Fortuner and even the new entrant in this segment which is the Isuzu MU7. The Rexton is for those who want to just enter the premium SUV space without shelling extra for a premium known brand. The list of features it offers almost makes it for the lows felt in interiors and performance. If you want a Bigger SUV for not a bigger price the Rexton would do a good job.

Ssangyong Rexton