The new second generation Ssangyong G4 Rexton has been known to be preparing for its launch in Indian for quite some time, as it has been caught testing in India several times. Long speculated to be rebadged as the Mahindra XUV700, the Ssangyong G4 Rexton is now finally going to launch in India on 24th of November, 2018, Christened as the Mahindra Alturas G4. The new Alturas G4 is identical to the Ssangyong G4 Rexton and only comes with a new name for the Indian market.
Here, we are comparing the first generation Ssangyong Rexton (which got discontinued in India in 2016) with the all new Mahindra Alturas G4.
Exterior Design: Being the second generation model, the Alturas G4 flaunts a new and more matured styling that looks more premium as well. The new-gen model gets a vertical slatted front grille as against the horizontal slats on the outgoing model. On the other hand, the horizontal headlamp layout replaces the previous model’s vertically stacked headlights. The fog lights remain horizontal, but in the Alturas G4 there are sleek LEDs units replacing the regular bulbs of the first-gen Rexton. The Alturas G4 also looks meaner and sportier with its sharp styling and more raked rear windshield. The Rexton’s vertical tail lights are again replaced by horizontally placed units on the Alturas.
Dimensions: The Mahindra Alturas G4 is larger vehicle and has a longer wheelbase as compared to its predecessor. The Rexton measured 4755 mm long, 1900 mm wide and 1840 mm tall, sitting on a 2835 mm wheelbase, while the Alturas G4 is 4850 mm long, 1960 mm wide and 1825 mm tall, and rides on a wheelbase measuring 2865 mm. Thus, the Rexton was a tad taller, while it also had a slightly better ground clearance at 208 mm, as compared to the Alturas’ 203 mm. The longer wheelbase, increased length and width of the Alturas G4 would mean roomier and more comfortable cabin and a less cramped up third-row.
Features: The Mahindra Alturas G4’s feature list will be revealed only at launch, but it shouldn’t be very different from the global new-gen G4 Rexton. The Alturas G4 will boast of LED DRLs, log lights and tail lights, while the headlamps will be projector units. The Rexton only has LED DRLs. On the inside, the Rexton’s 6.1 inch touchscreen system will give way to a larger 8.0 inch unit will Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support. The Alturas will also get analog and digital instrument panel compared against the Rexton’s full analog unit. The new model is also expected to get an electric tailgate, start/stop button and parking camera among much more.
The new Alturas G4 will also be braced with better safety equipments including 9 airbags as compared against the Rexton’s 4 airbags. The Rexton’s ESP, Active Rollover Protection and Hill Descent Control features will all be available on the Alturas G4, while the Hill Hold feature will also be added.
Engine & Transmission: The all new Mahindra Alturas G4 SUV will pack in a new downsized 2.2L diesel motor as against the 2.7L motor driving the Rexton. Nevertheless, the new oil burner is more powerful offering 181 PS and 400 Nm as against the previous motor which delivered 165 Ps and 340 Nm. The new engine is also BSVI complaint. The Rexton came with 5 speed manual and automation transmission options, while the Alturas G4 will get equipped with a sophisticated Mercedes-Benz sourced 7-speed automatic transmission.