Mahindra Alturas SUV to hit car market on Nov 26

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Mahindra Alturas SUV will take on the Toyota Fortuner
Mahindra Alturas SUV will take on the Toyota Fortuner

New Delhi : Mahindra has decided to launch its new Alturas SUV in India on November 26, 2018. The launch was previously scheduled on November 19, but due to some reasons, the event has been postponed. It is believed that the new Mahindra model will replace the ageing SsangYong Rexton SUV and will become the brand's next flagship model for the Indian market. 

The makers of Alturas say that the vehicle is based on the latest-gen SsangYong Rexton SUV and will sit above the XUV500 in Mahindra's India line-up. The SUV gets a fresh design that's similar to the new Rexton, however, the grille gets a Mahindra family look, along with minor changes on the body. The SUV features a rugged body-on-frame construction, just like its predecessor. 

However, several speculations about the market name of this new SUV were being made earlier and finally it was confirmed that Mahindra will ditch the alphanumeric naming style for its new flagship model. It was also reported that the name of this SUV won’t end with an 'O' either. Sources close to the company have confirmed to us that Mahindra Alturas will be this new SUV’s market name. The meaning of the name ‘Alturas’ is ‘heights’, and according to our source, with this new SUV, Mahindra wants to scale new heights in the market and squarely take on SUVs like the Toyota Fortuner, the Ford Endeavour and the recently updated Isuzu MU-X. 

Coming to the variants, the new Mahindra Alturas SUV will come in two variants – a lower-spec G2 trim that will come with 2WD and a fully-loaded 4WD model, the G4. The SUV will be powered by a 2.2-litre diesel engine that’s good for 180.5hp and 450Nm of torque. While there will be no manual gearbox on offer, the Mahindra Alturas will come with a sole Mercedes-sourced 7-speed automatic gearbox with manual shifting. The SUV comes with a 244mm ground clearance and a 5.5m turning circle. 

In terms of features, Mahindra's top-spec Alturas will come loaded with a large touchscreen system, sunroof, Napa leather upholstery, ventilated seats with memory function and an electronic parking brake. Mahindra had earlier announced that the model will be priced competitively in India and will significantly undercut the Fortuner.