Mahindra and Mahindra have launched the SsangYong brand in India with the new Rexton W SUV.
To be assembled at Mahindra%u2019s Chakan plant, the SsangYong Rexton W will have two variants depending on the transmission.
The Rexton W is 4.75 metres long and nearly 2 metres wide. That means you get a generous amount of space within the cabin, generous enough to seat up to seven passengers.
The RX5 manual is priced at Rs 17.67 lakh and the RX7 auto at Rs 19.67 lakh ex-Mumbai.
Both the variants are powered by a 2696cc 5-cylinder common rail direct injection diesel engine but with varying power outputs %u2013 the 6-speed manual gets 165PS while the 5-speed auto has 186PS.
The automatic transmission gets a full time 4WD system with torque on demand while the manual allows one to select between the 4H and 4L drive mode for rigorous off-road sessions.
Another area that impressed us was the braking. Even from 100kmph the brakes were sharp and the ABS kicked in quite strongly, though the associated noises may make the whole emergency situation sound a lot more disturbing than it actually is.
It's a cheerful cabin and will keep you cozy on any drive.
The interiors are also quite pleasantly styled, the large glass areas make this cabin look spacious, and the bright upholstery adds to the sense of luxury.
On the whole there are very few areas of criticism in the Rexton. The weak handling and steering will disappoint only those who love driving and understand good engineering.