Mahindra Alturas G4 is an all new SUV that has made its way into India. This was earlier called as the Ssangyong Rexton by Mahindra. The new-generation has been re-named and re-badged as a Mahindra. The Indian utility manufacturer invited us, first to Amby Valley to drive it and then to Jaipur for a quick off-road experience. This is an all new SUV that has come to India through the CKD route. So, how good is the SUV? We share our quick review on this new SUV.
The exterior styling of this new SUV is good. Mahindra has given it a brawny front end. The front gets the signature Mahindra front grille with chrome, there are HIDs too with daytime runnings LEDs even on the fogs. The lower variant gets projector lights instead. From the side, it looks boxy and bulky. There are roof rails, 18-inch wheels and even a thin chrome insert of the vehicle. The side profile displays the massive ground clearance that the vehicle possesses. The rear looks a bit different from the rest of the sides. The thin leaf-like tail lamps look different, but the entire package has been well put together. There is minimal use of chrome on the vehicle and the styling is spot-on. For those looking to step out of the car, this will be an exciting product to consider for the Indian car market.
On the inside, the dashboard does feel premium. It gets leather on the dash along with nappa leather seats. The steering wheel gets controls for audio and cruise. Apparently, the cruise control doesn’t have anything mentioned on it. On the inside, the other first-in-class features are ventilated seats, 360deg camera and even nine airbags when compared to its biggest rivals. The Skoda Kodiaq has two of them not all. The other features on offer are touchscreen, dual-zone climate control and coloured screen for driver information system. The seats are supportive and offer good space, and the same goes for the second row too. The rear AC vents are on the floor only and three can sit abreast. Second row passengers even have 12V charging socket. The third row also has good enough space and it is decent enough for 5’7″. The boot space is also decent and the third row seats fold flat.
The 2.2-litre engine on offer provides good punch and it has good enough performance too. The new engine is a Daimler one and is currently available in diesel only. This churns about 180bhp of power and comes mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission. This oil burner has been made available with 2WD and 4WD options. This makes it an exciting offering for the Indian car market. The engine size is small, but the power it churns is similar to the bigger engines of the competition. Even the power they produce is fantastic. The overall engine power is good and even gear shifts are smooth and quick.
The steering wheel is light in the city and as the speed goes up, it does weigh up nicely. In terms of handling, we didn’t get to experience it a lot but it did feel good. So did the ride quality also. As a complete package it is a great option to consider. We reckon this is one of the best options to pick up as it is about Rs 35 lakhs (on-road) about Rs 6 lakhs cheaper than the competition.