It may not seem like it, but it’s nearly seventeen long years since the current SsangYong Rexton was revealed to the world. An all-new model is just around the corner, and SsangYong has released the first teasers in the form of sketches of the mid-size D-segment SUV.

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The next-generation Rexton will be launched with the Mahindra badge in India.

The next-gen Rexton is a production model based the SsangYong LIV-2 Concept showcased at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. Borrowing design cues from the concept, the production-spec model gets a mild tone-down on the exterior styling and interior layout. This new SUV, codenamed Y400, is scheduled for world debut at the 2017 Seoul Motor Show next-month.

In India, the Y400 will be sold under the Mahindra brand name and will be positioned above the XUV500. The Mahindra-badged version will get a few design tweaks, the most obvious change is the Mahindra family face, which will incorporate a new grille with vertical slats, reworked headlamps, new fog lamp surrounds and bonnet creases that run to the grille.

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The interiors have a premium feel and the equipment list will be long.

Under the hood, the Y400 irrespective of brand is likely to be powered by a 2.2-litre diesel engine producing 184 HP and 420 Nm. The engine will be offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 7-speed automatic transmission. There will be a 2.0-litre petrol engine too with 225 HP output, which is likely to join at a later stage.

This is Mahindra’s answer to the upcoming Q501 (premium SUV) from Tata Motors which is based on Land Rover Discovery Sport. The initial reports suggest that the India-spec SUV is most likely to use ‘XUV700’ nomenclature. Company sources also say that this full-size, seven-seat SUV could undercut the Fortuner by a massive Rs 4-5 lakh.

This new flagship SUV from Mahindra’s range will play a key role in brand building for the company.

 
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Also see: Mahindra S201 Compact SUV confirmed, slots above KUV 100

 

  • shane William

    Now mahindra have to workout how to make there plastic more uv resistant, especially on the side cladding eg- XUV500 W8. And better quality paint. As nobody wants their car to look old at only 3 years old due to the Australian sun mixed with poor painting. Come on M&M .. Build them to last. I love my Xuv500, but the cheap plastics and no mahindra extended warranty for the original series which came with just 3 years warranty, unlike the new model that has 5 years. Mine was built 2014 and sold new in 2015. Im not ready to upgrade as ive only done 36000kms, but with my warranty about to run out and the plastics looking like they are 10 years old, im going to have to trade it on the new model long before i would like.

  • Please write your review to Mahindra & Mahindra (customercare@mahindra.com) and look forward for their reply on it.

  • shane William

    I did review xuv500 with the name Wills, Long ago

  • Hope you had a positive reply from Mahindra & Mahindra.