Thursday, 5 January 2012

Mahindra Rexton SUV revealed at Auto Expo – To be launched by middle of 2012

The acquisition of Korean auto maker, SsangYong has started bearing fruit for Mahindra as the auto maker today revealed the Rexton SUV using the platform of the 2012 Delhi Auto Expo. Other than the Rexton, Mahindra has also showcased two of its concept cars, the latest concept XIV 1 SUV as well as the Actyon Sports from SsangYong, which is going to compete with the Xenon from Tata Motors.

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Mahindra has also declared that it is going to launch the Korando E SUV from SsangYong in the Indian market but it did not reveal any prospective date of launching the same. An executive, speaking on behalf of the Indian auto giant, has said that Indian consumers were eagerly waiting to see what benefits was in store for them following Mahindra successfully acquiring SsangYong Motors. Keeping this sentiment in mind, the company has finally unveiled its Rexton SUV using the platform provided by the 2012 Delhi Auto Expo.

 The Rexton will come here with a 2.7-litre CRDe engine that makes 182 bhp of peak power. It’s aimed square at the premium SUV market, with an estimated price range of Rs. 16 - 20 Lakh. The price range and the fact that it is a seven-seater means it’s direct competition for the Chevrolet Captiva. The Rexton has some off-road credentials to boot! It should be an interesting alternative to the CR-Vs and Vitaras when it comes here.

Also of importance is the global unveiling of the Actyon Sport pick-up truck. It is a stylish sports utility truck that is ideal for loading purposes and for leisure activities like camping, cycling, rafting, etc. It comes with a 2.0-litre diesel and is loaded on the inside with everything from a sunroof, bluetooth stereo system, rear-view cameras and even a hinge-sprung tailgate at the rear. The car is Euro 5 ready and is being launched in South Korea next week.

Apart from those, they’ve also showcased an electric vehicle, the Korado E, which will come with a 120 kW motor, have a range of 180 km. For an electric vehicle it doesn’t seem to be lacking in power at all, the car has a top speed of 150 kph. That’ll be one to look out for. Then there is the XIV-1 which is a crossover that seats four. One of its most unique features is that it can rotate 360 degrees on the spot. Now that will come in handy in the next traffic jam!

Mahindra had completed the process of acquiring 70% stake at SsangYong Motors, through an authoritative agreement signed in November 2010. Mahindra had to spend $463 million (amounting to Rs.2,015 crore) for acquiring the same. The company has also made plans of introducing the electric variant of its very popular Mahindra Verito sedan and for its latest offering, the Mahindra Reva NXR.


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