While the launch of Grand Vitara is just around the corner, the facelifted XL6 continues to serve as one of the most premium offerings from Maruti Suzuki. With the XL6, Maruti Suzuki tried to have a sporty and rugged-looking take on the popular Ertiga. And why not, for SUVs are the flavours of the season. With the facelift received at the beginning of 2022, the six-seater Maruti Suzuki XL6 has become more premium and desirable than before.
The most noteworthy change in the Maruti Suzuki XL6 is its new heart. It continues to have a 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine under its hood, however, this engine is a new K15C Dualjet mill, which produces a slightly lower 103 PS of maximum power and 136.8 Nm of maximum torque. While the 5-speed manual gearbox continues to be the volume driver, the more comfort-oriented and new 6-speed automatic gearbox feels like a breeze against the old 4-speed torque converter.
Maruti XL6 gets paddle shifters
What adds icing to the cake is the addition of paddle shifters behind the steering wheel in the automatic variants. Maruti Suzuki continues to use the famed ‘Smart Hybrid’ technology for the XL6, which is essentially a mild hybrid system with an auxiliary battery under the front co-driver’s seat. In addition to the new engine, the Maruti Suzuki XL6 also received minor tweaks all around the exterior. The changes include a new prominent chrome garnish for the front grille, a new and larger 16-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels and a clear lens effect for the revised LED tail lamps.
The new Maruti Suzuki XL6 feels more desirable with a host of new feature additions, a couple of which were first for the car brand. The XL6 gets Suzuki Connect telematics system with remote AC and ventilated front seats, which were seen for the first time in a Maruti Suzuki car. Apart from these features, the revised XL6 also gets a new 7-inch Smartplay Pro infotainment system with advanced vehicle information and voice assistant and cruise control. Furthermore, Maruti Suzuki has taken the angle of safety a bit more seriously with side airbags, tyre pressure monitoring system and 360-degree parking camera.
With the additional features and visual tweaks, the new Maruti Suzuki XL6 feels more like a distinguished product in comparison to the Ertiga. Available as a petrol-only model, the new XL6 is now available in three variants – Zeta, Alpha and Alpha+, with all three variants being offered with both manual and automatic versions.