SsangYong Motor Company has announced that its new car to be launched this week will be called Rexton. Word has it that Mahindra will launch a badge engineered version of the new Rexton in India to compete with the Toyota Fortuner and the Ford Endeavour. It could be called the XUV700.
Developed under the project name of Y400 and seen as the LIV-2 concept at the Paris motor show in September 2016, the new car inherits the heritage and DNA of the original Rexton as a large, authentic SUV. It will be known internationally as Rexton, and ‘G4 Rexton’ in Korea.
SsangYong expects this new generation Rexton to compete with traditional D & E segment SUVs. Inside, the new Rexton will feature Apple Carplay and Android Auto with device mirroring, 3D Around View Monitoring (AVM) and a wide 9.2-inch HD screen.
Safety kit on the new Rexton is headlined by as many as nine airbags. With a front mounted engine, rear-wheel drive and 4×4, Rexton’s construction uses a Quad-Frame body structure using 1.5Gpa giga-steel – claimed to be a world first. It also features 63% advanced high strength steel (AHSS) to create greatly improved body strength while reducing weight.
The new SsangYong Rexton is 4,850mm long, 1,920mm wide, 1,800mm high, and has a 2,865mm wheelbase. It will be powered by SsangYong’s own 2.2 litre Euro 6 turbo-diesel engine that develops 181 PS of power and a maximum torque of 420 Nm within the range of 1,500 – 2,500rpm This engine is matched to a Mercedes-Benz sourced 7-speed automatic transmission.
Alongside the turbo-diesel engine, SsangYong’s newly developed petrol 2.0 litre GDi turbo engine, good for 225 PS of power and 350 Nm of torque could also be slotted under the new Rexton’s hood, but it still remains to be seen if the same engines power the Mahindra Y400/XUV700.
The Mahindra Y400/XUV700 is expected to retail in the range of INR 26 to 30 lakh (ex-showroom), undercutting the Fortuner’s price but presumably toppling the Japanese SUV’s feature list and playing the value card. The Y400 should be launched in India by the end of this year, while it will go on sale in Korea during the first half of this year, and internationally before the end of 2017.