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- Sep 12, 2019
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Ssangyong has just taken the wraps off the 2020 Rexton facelift. The butch SUV gets a number of small cosmetic tweaks that help it look more upmarket. Considering the fact that the Rexton is sold as the Mahindra Alturas G4 in India, is there any possibility of seeing an updated Alturas G4?
But before that, let’s find out what the updated model brings to the table. Visually, the styling updates in the Rexton facelift are a blink and miss affair. The grille has become larger and now sports a honeycomb mesh finish and the bumper has also received a mild styling update. Apart from the restyled alloy wheels that look more stylish, the Rexton’s side profile remains unchanged. At the rear, changes are limited to repositioned badges.
Inside, the dashboard design of the Rexton facelift remains largely unchanged. This is no bad thing as the Rexton already comes with a premium looking dashboard. What’s new is the redesigned gear lever with the Ssangyong badge and the grey-white colour combo.
The Rexton also comes loaded with features. Notable features include a touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, dual-zone climate control, powered tailgate, cruise control, coloured multi-info display, ventilated seats, and more.
The facelifted model also comes with new safety features like a blind spot monitoring system and automatic emergency braking system. Apart from that, the Rexton packs nine airbags, ABS with EBD, electronic stability program, hill descent control as well as hill start assist.
Under the hood, the Rexton continues with the same 2.2-litre diesel unit that develops 187PS and 420Nm. While torque figures remain unchanged, the engine now develops 6PS more than before. Transmission duties are held by a 7-speed automatic transmission that has been sourced from Mercedes-Benz. The Rexton also comes with an all-wheel drive system if you intend to go off roading.
So will the Alturas G4 get the facelift? We don’t think so. The Alturas G4 is just nine months old and feels ‘fresh enough’. But considering that it's just a badge engineered Rexton, there are chances that Mahindra might toss in an update soon. However it’s more likely that they will be busy working on updating the 2.2-litre powertrain to meet BS6-emission norms first. The Rexton/Alturas G4 rivals the Ford Endeavour and Toyota Fortuner in India.
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