Power has always been synonymous with the SUV segment. Competition only gets stronger when two SUV's compete with a 4x4 drive system. Ssangyong Rexton has been creating a stir in the international market for a over a decade now. The SUV has received quite a lot of technical upgrades since it early inception days. The latest third generation of Rexton has made it to India through collaborative efforts with the Mahindra brand. The new version of Hyundai Santa Fe imbibes a Fluidic-derived Storm edge design philosophy. The SUV has recently been relaunched with a face-lifted version to appeal to the local market.
The Hyundai Santa Fe is powered by the same 2.2 liter diesel engine that produces an impressive 194 bhp with a torque output of 436 Nm. Two-wheel drive/Four-wheel drive pattern shall be available with an option to choose from Automatic transmission or Manual Transmission. Six air bags and all-wheel drive come as standard on the top variant. Design is worth a watch. The SUV has undergone quite some changes, on the exterior front, the Santa Fe features a bolder-looking grill and the headlights are mated to flow through its sides. The sides also feature a smooth contour bringing out the Fluidic design at its best. The SUV's teardrop-shaped fog lamps are integrated into the front bumpers. Single-sided quad shaped exhaust at the rear has been retained along with a large bash plate. The car now features a smaller glass pane between the C and D pillar. The interior in the Santa Fe is stated to be based on Fluidic design. It features a GPS device, leather seats, sunroof and a convenient start-stop system for the engine. Legroom for the rear seats have also been worked upon and can seat up to three people with ease. The interiors look elegant with generous use of beige.
The Ssangyong Mahindra Rexton is available in two variants – RX5 and RX7. The RX5 is powered by 2696cc, five cylinder diesel RX270 XDi engine that generates about 162 Bhp of power with 340Nm of torque. The RX7 is powered by 2696cc, five cylinder diesel RX270 XVT engine that generates about 184 Bhp of power with 402Nm of torque. The RX5 is mated to five speed manual transmission and comes with torque on demand drivetrain, whereas the RX7 is mated to five speed electronic transmission and comes with an all wheel drivetrain. The interiors are super spacious and carry a sense of elegance and luxury. The exteriors look sporty and give out a masculine appeal. The 'Eagle eye' shaped projector headlamps provide with ample illumination under various circumstances. The stylish bumper features well designed fog lamps that also compliment the chrome accented grill. Moreover, the SUV has received chrome side moldings that protect the car against scratches deliberately made by bystanders.