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.
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.
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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