The day the Ssangyong Rexton was unveiled, it was obvious that this story just had to be done. Although this Head To Head was a no-brainer, the results threw up plenty of surprises. Read on to get the lowdown on who trounced whom and why!
ENGINE, GEARBOX & PERFORMANCE
Well, like the old hot rod adage goes, there’s no substitute to cubes. But surprise, surprise, that wisdom doesn’t really apply in this case. The Fortuner Automatic, launched nearly a year ago, retains the same 2982cc four-pot motor, with its 170 bhp and 34.98 kgm, from its manual transmission sibling. The Rexton, on the other hand, gets its jollies from an older Mercedes-Benz M-Class derived five-cylinder motor displacing 184 bhp and 40.9 kgm of torque from its 2696 cubes.
It becomes even more obvious when you rope in the weight of the two SUVs, or so it seems. The Fortuner AT tips the scales at 1,885 kg at the kerb, while the Rexton weighs in at 1986 kilos, the extra heft contributed by the Ssangyong’s all-wheel drive gear. But if you’ve quickly concluded that the Fortuner’s the rocket amongst the two, you’ve obviously forgotten about a crucial aspect called the ‘power-to-weight’ ratio. When you’ve got that factor dialled in, with the Rexton making 92 bhp per 1000 kg of weight, as compared to the Fortuner’s 90 bhp per tonne, it’s plain to see why in this department, the Rexton whacks the Fortuner clear out of the water. The numbers only confirm that, with the Ssangyong pegging a 0-60 kph run at 3.84 seconds, while the tonne comes in
at 9.66 seconds; compare this to the Toyota’s 4.32 secs and 10.35 secs respectively. Pinnacle velocities also differ substantially, of course. The Fortuner maxes out at 168 kph. The Rexton, however, smashes past, and attains its top whack at 174 kph.
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