The Hyundai Santa Fe is an amazing package and it is no surprise that competitors are worried. While the best-selling Toyota Fortuner doesn’t have much of a reason to worry, it is the lesser selling rivals like the SsangYong Rexton that need to up their game. Mahindra is now introducing a new RX6 variant on the Rexton. While the SUV already comes with RX5 and RX7 variants, the new variant will be slotted between the two. It will also compete with the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport. The RX6 variant shares some goodies with the RX7 while the mechanicals are shared with the RX5 variant.
Powering the SsangYong Rexton is a 2.7-litre diesel engine that is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission in the RX6 variant. It also comes loaded with 4-wheel-drive. The RX7 automatic variant gets a permanent all-wheel-drive system but the RX6 will get a Torque On Demand system which provides power to the front wheels only when required. The RX6 also gets leather interiors and an 8-way electronically adjustable seat. The driver’s seat also features a memory function. Mahindra has also loaded a sunroof on the RX6 with manual sun blinds. On the exteriors, there are no changes to the vehicle and it looks just like other variants.
The 2.7-litre diesel engine is offered in different states of tune in the RX5 and RX7 variants. While the RX5 churns out 162 HP of power and 340 Nm of torque, the RX7 generates 184 HP of power and 402 Nm of torque. The RX6 variant will get the same state of tune as the RX5 variant. The SsangYong Rexton doesn’t fly off the shelves like the Fortuner but it is a very good and capable vehicle providing a good amount of comfort. The SsangYong Rexton RX6 is expected to be priced at Rs. 21 lakhs (ex-showroom, Mumbai).