Maruti Suzuki XL6, a new people mover from the country’s largest-selling carmaker, is all set to hit the country on August 21, 2019. However, the model has already been teased online via a surfaced image. As reported earlier, here in India, the XL6 will go on sale via brand’s premium Nexa dealerships. The brand did the nomenclature of this new model based on its six-seat architecture. Other than this, a seven-seater SUV based on Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza is also underworked. It is named as XL7 and was on sale in India a few years ago before the model was phased out from the lineup.
To recall, the upcoming Maruti Suzuki XL6 is based on the Ertiga MPV but the new model receives several updates at exterior and interior as well. From the leaked images, the XL6 seems to feature a much larger grille, bigger LED headlamps and beefier bumpers. In addition to this, there are body cladding on the sides, rear bumper and a faux skid plate as well. The ride height on the XL6 has been improved, which shares its body panels like doors, body panels, tailgates, body panels and alloy wheels from the standard Maruti Suzuki Ertiga model.
Inside the cabin, the XL6 gets an all-black theme with a six-seat sitting arrangement comprising two separate captain chairs in the second row. In addition to this, we expect the introduction of a new Smart Play Studio infotainment system along with other premium features to stand it apart from the standard Ertiga.
In terms of power, the XL6 will get the brand’s all-new 1.5-litre petrol engine. It is the similar powertrain that performs propelling duties on the models on sale in the country like the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz and the Ertiga. But there are chances that the XL6 will get the BS-VI compliant iteration of the engine in question. According to the sources, the company would not roll out a diesel engine variant of the XL6. If the gearbox is being considered, initially, the XL6 will be launched with a 5-speed manual transmission but in the coming future, we could expect the introduction of a 4-speed torque-convertor automatic transmission.
It is being expected, the XL6 would be launch with multiple variants and the company will use the similar nomenclature methodology as used for its other Nexa models. But the aspect that would be pretty interesting to notice how the company would place this model in the Indian market. In its segment, the XL6 would see the competition with the likes of the Hyundai Creta and other soft-roaders available on sale in India.