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Mahindra is all set to debut its flagship vehicle at the 2018 Auto Expo. Now, Autocar India reports that the Utility Vehicle (UV) manufacturer will bring the new Rexton SUV to India; however, it will not be badged as SsangYong, but as Mahindra.
Mahindra will retain the 'Rexton' name for its flagship SUV and is expected to be mostly identical to the SUV sold globally. However, Mahindra will tweak the design language by featuring cosmetic changes.
The tweaks could include a new grille, in line with Mahindra's current crop of vehicles, different alloy wheel design, and subtle revision to its interior. The SUV sold globally gets projector headlights, 360-degree camera, powered tailgate, Nappa leather upholstery, cooled seats and 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
We expect Mahindra to skip some of the above features to keep the price of Rexton competitive. The Mahindra Rexton will rival the likes of the hugely popular Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour and will look to undercut the competition with lower pricing.
So expect the Mahindra Rexton to be priced in the range of Rs 24 lakh ex-showroom. The model sold in the global market is built on a ladder frame with a four-wheel drive system. The SUV draws power from a 2.2-litre diesel engine producing 186bhp and 420Nm of torque and comes mated to a 7-speed torque-convertor automatic gearbox sourced from Mercedes-Benz.
It is to be seen if Mahindra will employ the existing engine of the SsangYong Rexton for the India-spec model or will it employ its mHawk engines. Mahindra will look to keep the cost low and position the SUV as a viable option compared to the Jeep Compass, Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour and the Skoda Kodiaq SUVs.
By not just rebadging the SsangYong Rexton, Mahindra is also revising the design language of the Rexton to give the SUV the company's identity. The Mahindra XUV500 is a well-received product in India, and we expect the Mahindra Rexton to feature similar styling as the XUV500.