Mahindra unveiled the Mahindra Rexton (G4 SsangYong Rexton) at Auto Expo 2018 last month. The company is yet to confirm the name, however. Some media outlets refer to is as the Mahindra XUV700. The upcoming Mahindra SUV was spotted road testing as revealed by the spy shots published by Autocar India.
The Mahindra Rexton is just a rebadged fourth-gen SsangYong Rexton, with a design a little more akin to original Mahindra models. It is distinguished with a unique radiator grille comprising six vertical chrome slats and featuring a gloss black frame, and a full-width chrome stripe above this grille. The test mule is not the Mahindra-badged model, but the original SsangYong model sold internationally.
The G4 SsangYong Rexton is available in 5- and 7-seat versions. Mahindra has decided to bring the 7-seat version to India. The Mahindra Rexton is powered by a 2.2-litre diesel engine that develops 178 bhp and 420 Nm of torque. A 7-speed automatic transmission and a 4WD system are confirmed, but there’s no word on the availability of a 6-speed manual transmission.
Mahindra will import the Rexton from South Korea in CKD form. Assembly of the SUV’s CKD kits will take place at the Chakan plant. SsangYong will start exporting the CKDs in the third quarter of this year. The Mahindra Rexton will compete with the likes of Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour and Isuzu MU-X.
[Image Source: Autocar India]