Ssangyong Rexton Review
Value for Money Premium SUVFriday, September 20, 2013
Ssangyong Motor Company is one of world's most indigenous automobile manufacturing companies. Since 1954, it provided its customers with better engineered and designed SUVs and crossovers. Recently, it combined with Mahindra & Mahindra to bring its proud legacy to Indian market as Rexton. It is a 7-seater SUV that was first showcased at Delhi Auto Expo 2012. Rexton is a great companion for those who likes boulder and rough driving experience. It is a third generation Rexton that made its way in Indian market in the starting of 2013.
The exterior of Rexton gives an exceptional and aerodynamic look with its trendy and aggressive, chromed and large front radiator grille with three vertical slats, bright headlight cluster with powerful and high intensity eagle-eye shaped projector lamps to give a crystal clear view of the road along with the Rexton emblem command presence and elegant L-shaped parking lamps, stylish front body colored bumper integrated with a large air-dam in between the pair of bright fog lamps and turn signals, huge front windscreen with a couple of intermittent wipers for a better view and an automatic rain-sensing function, stylish body colored ORVMs with LED based side turn indicators, aptly placed body colored door handles with pull type levers, sleek and trendy chromed side mouldings, nicely carved wheel arches with 10-spoke 16-inch alloy wheels covered with sturdy tubeless radial tires, stainless steel made sleek side steps with rubber inserts for better grip and thus easy entry and exit from the vehicle, premium silver colored roof rails and an elegant panoramic sun roof, a shark-fin antenna at the rear of the roof, large rear windscreen with wash and wipe function along with a defogger, large tail-gate, sporty rear spoiler with a high mounted stop lamp, chrome finished rear exhaust pipe, Rexton branding on the scuff plates gives a sign of elegance, 'W' emblem denoting work of art and stylish LED based rear tail lamps with L-shaped parking lights.
This ravishing and macho SUV has a length of 4755mm, width of 1900mm and height of 1840mm including the roof rails as its dimension and has a large wheelbase of 2835mm for a stable ride. It also has a great high ground clearance of 252mm for a bump-free off-road experience and a minimum turning radius of 5.7m for easy cruising in city traffic and tight parking spots. Its gross vehicle weight is 2760kgs and the fuel tank capacity is 78 litres.
The interior of this stylish and remarkably comfortable SUV gives an enchanting and elegant look with dual-toned beige and black interiors having some classic touch of metal grain accents, well-cushioned soft seats with premium quality leather upholstery, leather wrapped gear shift lever with chrome and metal grain accents as well as hand brake, all seats with great lumbar support, adjustable front two seats and 8-way electrically adjustable driver's seat with automatic easy access function, nicely designed armrests between the front two seats with proper storage spaces, 60:40 split foldable 2nd rear seats and foldable 3rd row seats to create extra space, a powerful AC with Automatic Climate Control and independent blowers for second as well as third row seats, electrically adjustable ORVMs with folding and heating functions, a quality touchscreen infotainment system with CD, MP3, DVD, USB port, AUX-in and six speakers, automatically adjustable day and night IRVM, all power windows with driver side Auto Up-down function, speed sensitive leather wrapped four spoke power steering with tilt function and audio controls, premium floor mats for front and rear ends, three 12V power outlets which includes one dashboard mounted, one below the front passenger seat and one below the boot, navigation system with pre-loaded maps, Electronic shift buttons on steering and a shift position indicator, lots of storage spaces which includes an overhead sun-glass holder, cup holders, door pockets and behind front seats pockets, storage compartment under the boot floor, a mobile or MP3 holder in dash, an internal tailgate assist handle and a flip-up tailgate glass, key-less entry, audible rear parking sensors, cigarette lighter, removable ashtray, reading lamps in all three rows, cruise control, coat hook, key hole illumination, automatic headlamps, driver and front co-passenger sun visors with vanity mirrors and lights and an illuminated front glove-box.
Ssangyong Rexton has a powerful 2696cc, 2.7L, Intelligent 4x4 Torque-on-Demand System with low ratio, 5-cylinder, 10-valve, BS-IV compliant diesel engine with a maximum power of 162 bhp at 4000 rpm and a maximum torque of 340 Nm at 1800-3250 rpm and has a five speed manual gearbox transmission with the top speed of 180kmph and an ARAI certified mileage of 12.4kmpl. The five speed automatic variant with All Wheel Drive provides a maximum power of 184 bhp at 4000 rpm and a maximum torque of 402 Nm at 1600-3000 rpm and has a top speed of 194kmph with the ARAI certified mileage of 11.18kmpl.
Ssangyong Rexton has ventilated disk brakes at both the front and rear wheels. The suspension system is a Double-wishbone Coil Spring with Anti-Roll Bar at front and 5-Link Coil Spring with Anti-Roll Bar at rear for superior handling. For the utmost safety of its passengers, it includes ultra-rigid steel frame with triple-layer construction, ABS, ESP with off switch, Anti-slip regulation, Active Rollover protection, Hill Descent Control with On/Off switch, Dual front and side Airbags, Traction Control, 3-Point ELR seat belts for driver, co-driver and 2nd row seats with every row seat belt having pre-tensioners and load limiters, seat belt warning, headlamps levelling system, engine immobilizer, power door locks, door ajar warning, side impact beams, strengthened body structure with reinforced steel panels, front and rear crumple zones, rear windscreen wash, wiper and defogger, audible rear parking sensors, cruise control, tubeless tires and tinted glass.
Mahindra Ssangyong Rexton is available in two variants named RX5 Manual Diesel and RX7 Automatic Diesel. It has four beautiful shades to choose from which includes Volcano Black, Satin White, Moon Dust Silver and Opulent Purple. The approx. ex-showroom, Delhi price range for this marvellous SUV is INR 18.77-21.00 lakhs which may differ in different states.
Overall, Mahindra Ssangyong Rexton is a perfect combination of style, design, fluidity, performance, speed, safety, entertainment, innovations and price and is an ultimate gem of automobile industry and is the advent of a new era for Indian automobile market.