Ssangyong launched its first product in India with the Rexton, and it comes in at a great price point.
The Rexton, which has underpinnings borrowed from a Mercedes-Benz M-Class of a few generations ago, comes with a 2.7-litre Mercedes-derived engine as well, so you know the chassis and powertrain are going to be pretty reliable.
It's available in two trim levels, the lower spec one is called the RX5 while the top-level trim is called the RX7.
The RX5 comes with a 162 bhp version of the 2.7-litre engine mated to a 5-speed manual transmission, and a switchable four-wheel-drive unit. It gets fabric seat upholstery, leather wrapped steering wheel and gear knob, touchscreen audio system with built-in GPS.
While the RX7 comes with an uprated engine, which now makes 184 bhp of peak power, and a full-time all-wheel-drive system on board, mated only to the 5-speed automatic transmission and in addition to the features on the RX5, it also gets leather interior upholstery, electrically adjustable driver's seat, a sunroof, automatic headlapms, rain sensing wipers, cruise control and a whole set of safety features like ABS, ASR, roll protection, hill descent and even the addition of side curtain airbags.
To bring the Rexton to the market, Mahindra has made an investment of Rs 63 Crores on just the Rexton project and hopes to sell 500 units a month initially.They've got the capacity to produce 5000 units though, for when the demand rises.
Prices for the Rexton start at Rs 17.67 Lakh, ex-showroom, Mumbai for the RX5 manual version and go up to Rs 19.67 Lakh, ex-showroom, Mumbai for the RX7 all-wheel-drive automatic version. You'll have a choice of four colours which are, patient white, moondust silver, volcano black and opulent purple, so get your bookings in soon. The Rexton will initially go on sale in Mahindra dealerships in the Mumbai, Delhi and NCR regions and will be sold alongside the XUV 5oo.
Check back here soon for our initial impressions of the Rexton!