The latest formidable sports utility to join the bandwagon in the Indian car market is the massive and powerfully built Mahindra SsangYong Rexton SUV. This majestic new SUV is being made with collaboration between two automobile giants, which are India’s home grown Mahindra and Mahindra Limited along with the South Korea based multinational car maker, SsangYong Motor Company. The South Korean automobile manufacturer was acquired by Mahindra India in year 2010 and since then the company had planned to bring in this new charming SUV to add to its highly acclaimed fleet of cars, which are prevalent in the Indian automobile market place. The Rexton SUV was first introduced in the global markets way back in year 2001 and since then has even got quite a few changes and was again reintroduced in year 2006 under the name Rexton II. This SUV is being sold in quite a few international automobile markets, where it has been performing very well. The Indian version of this formidable sports utility vehicle has some very impressive and top of the line comfort features. On the other hand, the company has also included some very crucial and highly advanced safety features as well to make this SUV, one of the best in the lucrative Indian car market. The company has equipped this latest sports utility vehicle with a power packed 2.7 L turbocharged diesel power train, which has been integrated with a common rail fuel injection system. This performance packed and fuel efficient engine is cleverly mated with a smooth and efficient five speed automatic transmission gear box. Some very impressive and highly developed comfort features included in this automatic version of Mahindra SsangYong Rexton RX7 are a proficient and commanding air conditioning unit with climate control and air quality system, power windows for all doors, electrically adaptable external rear view mirrors, automatic rain sensing wipers and automatic head lamps. All these and many more such incredible convenience and utility features, which will simply astound the customers. Apart from these practical and luxuriant comfort features, the company has also included the Mahindra SsangYong Rexton RX7 with some crucial and sophisticated safety features such as cruise control, a highly advanced four channel ABS, EBD with brake assist, an engine immobilizer with security alarm and multitudes of such essential and protective features .
The outsides of this formidable SUV have been done up with flamboyance and the designers seem to have done an exceptional job. The complete overall structure of this massive SUV is aerodynamic with a bold and aggressive frontage. The front radiator grille is fantastic with a trendy and new design and a lot of chrome has been used in it. This grille has three vertical slats and is quite large, which has been surrounded by a big head light cluster that has been equipped with powerful high intensity projector lamps. The front body colored bumper is also styled trimly and it has been integrated with a pair of bright fog lamps, which add to the utility of the driver. This bumper also has a large air dam in between these fog lamps, which further assists in cooling the massive diesel engine behind it. The front windscreen is quite large and gives a better view to the driver and is equipped with a couple of intermittent wipers, which has an automatic rain sensing function. The side profile is smooth and lustrous with body colored external rear view mirrors, which have been integrated with side turn LED based blinkers. Then the body colored door handle of all the doors are placed quite aptly and has pull type levers. The pronounced neatly carved wheel arches have been fitted with an exclusive and modish set of ten spoke, 16 inch light alloy wheels, which have been covered with robust tubeless radial tyres of size P 235/75 R16 that have a superior road grip on any terrain. This well built SUV also gets sleek side steps that make the entry and exit from this massive vehicle very easy. The roof gets a pair of stylish roof rails and a panoramic sun roof that adds to the elegance and classiness of this powerfully built SUV. The roof of this SUV is also fitted with a shark fin antenna to enhance the in-cabin entertainment . While the rear end gets a large wind screen that has been fitted with a rear wash and wipe function along with a defogger. The rear tail gate is quite big and the tail lamp cluster is rather large and radiant. This automatic version of Mahindra SsangYong Rexton also gets a sporty rear spoiler, which has been fitted with a high mount stop lamp. The rear exhaust pipe is finished in chrome and adds to the elegance of the appearance of this SUV. On the whole, this all new well built SUV has all the qualities of a rugged mean machine and the Indian customers are surely going to admire it. The overall dimensions of this gigantic SUV are very spacious with a total length of 4755mm along with an overall width of 1900mm, which also includes the external rear view mirrors. Then the total height inclusive of the integrated roof rails is about 1840mm, while the roomy wheel base of this massive SUV is close to 2835mm, which is quite liberal and large. The minimum ground clearance of this SUV is 252mm, which is quite remarkable even for off road drives. On the other hand, the minimum turning radius of this mammoth SUV is 5.7 meters, which is again exceptional and makes it easier to handle this vehicle in peak traffic as well.
The company has made the exteriors of this SUV very remarkable and striking, while they have left no stone unturned in adding elegance as well as lavishness to the interiors as well. The insides of this commanding SUV are enchanting and magical and are exude luxury from all corners. To begin with the seating arrangement is very comfortable and lavish with well cushioned seats, which are covered in premium quality leather upholstery. All the seats have superior lumbar support, whereas the front two seats are adjustable and the driver seat also has a memory function to store the position. The rear seat can be folded in a 60:40 way, so as to accommodate more things inside it. The company has given this SUV stylish premium floor mats for the front and the rear end, while it also has a front as well as a rear 12 V power outlet for added convenience for the passengers. This sports utility vehicle also has a lot of storage spaces such as an overhead sunglass holder, a center console armrest that has some storage as well as cup holders. Then there are storage pockets in the doors as well as behind the front seats, there is also a storage compartment under the boot floor, a mobile or MP3 holder in the dash board, an internal tailgate assist handle and also a flip up tailgate glass for easy access of the boot compartment as well. All these and many more such impressive features make this SUV, one of the best in class vehicle in the Indian car market.
Engine and Performance
The company has equipped this powerfully built SUV with a massive and power packed diesel engine of 2.7 L, which has five cylinders and can displace an incredible 2696cc that is remarkable for the Indian roads. This performance packed diesel power train has a common rail diesel injection based fuel supply system as well as a turbocharger. This commanding engine has also been equipped with a dual overhead cam shaft (DOHC) as well. This diesel mill has been cleverly mated with a smooth five speed automatic transmission gear box and has the capacity to churn out a peak power output of 184 Bhp at 4000 Rpm in combination with a maximum torque yield of a colossal 402 Nm at 1600 – 3000 Rpm. This well built SUV has a fuel tank capacity of 78 litres , which is remarkable and is said to generate a mileage in the range of 11.18 kmpl , when driven under standard conditions. The total gross weight of this well built SUV is approximately 2760 kgs, which is quite remarkable.
Braking and Handling
The all new Mahindra SsangYong Rexton RX7 has been equipped with one of the most proficient braking system along with a well balanced suspension mechanism. The front as well as the rear wheels of this automatic SUV has been fitted with ventilated disc brakes for efficient braking on any terrain. On the other hand, the front axle of this massive SUV gets a double wish bone type of suspension along with a coil spring for added stability. The rear axle of this Mahindra SsangYong Rexton RX7 gets a rigid axle with eight link coil springs. Apart from these mechanisms, this powerfully built SUV also gets a four channeled anti lock braking system along with a highly advanced electronic brake force distribution (EBD) system that has also been equipped with a powerful brake assist system as well. The company has also integrated an electronic stability system along with a hill descent control for better grip and sturdiness on hills and other terrain. Apart from these, there are a number of other features as well, which assists in better handling and maneuverability of this formidable sports utility vehicle.
This muscular SUV, Mahindra SsangYong Rexton RX7 is one of the most premium SUVs from the company and is incorporated with quite a number of safety and protective features. The list of these features include front and rear parking sensors for simplified parking of this mammoth vehicle, door mounted side impact beams for added protection from the sides, a sturdy ladder frame chassis, child safety door locks for the rear doors, rear seat anchorage points for three children along with a three point lap sash seat belts, front seat belts with height adjustment along with load limiters as well as pretensioners as well. This latest entrant also has driver and front co-passenger front airbags along with side curtain SRS airbags as well, a traction control system, an active roll over protection, hill descent control, ABS with EBD along with a BAS and ESP. The other essential security features also include a sophisticated engine immobilizer with an alarm, a dual remote keyless entry system with a vehicle locator lamp that helps in finding the vehicle easily in bigger parking lots. This remote keyless entry has also been equipped with a panic alarm as well for added protection . The central locking system of this SUV comes with a speed sensitive activation as well.
The company has loaded this automatic SUV with all the top of the line features existing in the market. The list comprises of a climate controlled air conditioner that also has an air quality system and ducted rear zone separate blowers along with control buttons, power windows for all doors, electrically foldable heated external rear view mirrors, automatic rain sensing wipers, a leather wrapped chunky power steering wheels with mounted audio buttons and cruise control, automatic head light illumination along with a headlamp leveling device, automatic dimming internal rear view mirror, heated front seats that can be customized according to the drivers need, an advanced music system with CD player and FM Radio that also has varied input options such as a USB port and Aux-in interface . This SUV has also been given a remote fuel lid opener along with a tail gate release system to add to the convenience of the driver.
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