Maruti Suzuki will soon launch the XL6 in the Indian market, which will become the brand’s second MUV in the market. The XL6 will be based on the Ertiga but will look different and will also get a premium cabin. Before the official launch later this year, Maruti Suzuki has released the sketches of the vehicle officially.
Even though the upcoming XL6 has been spotted without any camouflage, this is the first time Maruti Suzuki has confirmed the name of the car. It will be a 6-seater vehicle, which is why it gets the name XL6. It should be noted that the Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara was called XL7 in the Indian market when it was available. Maruti Suzuki aims to target the urban crowd with the new XL6, which is why the design of the vehicle gets slight tweaks. The Maruti Suzuki XL6 will be priced higher than the Ertiga but it will remain cheaper than the Toyota Innova Crysta. Currently, the Ertiga is the best-selling 7-seater in the Indian market and is positioned above the Innova Crysta on the sales chart.
Most of the changes in the XL6 are in the front-end of the vehicle. The car gets a new grille, which is sleeker than the Ertiga. The single-bar grille of the XL6 partially intersects the headlamps, which add a premium look to the vehicle. Also, the pictures of the car that were spotted earlier show that the XL6 will get a thick plastic cladding all around. This will add the crossover look to the vehicle. The front and rear bumpers get the silver skid plate too.
The cabin of the Maruti Suzuki XL6 will offer an all-black theme with leather seats. This will ensure a premium feel inside the cabin. Overall, the shape of the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and the XL6 remain unchanged. The pictures of the cabin also show that the dashboard layout of the XL6 will remain identical to the Ertiga.
Talking about the design of the car, Mr Shashank Srivastava, Executive Director, Marketing and Sales, Maruti Suzuki India Limited said,
“Maruti Suzuki is ready to roll out the next level of excitement with the XL6, a premium MPV, at NEXA showrooms across the country. Apart from the space and functionality that the customers desire for, the all-new XL6 offers a blend of sporty design and premium interiors, which will help it in establishing its niche in the MPV segment.”
The XL6 will be sold through the premium Nexa dealership network on the brand. Engine-wise, it will only get the BS6 compliant 1.5-litre petrol engine. Recently Maruti Suzuki updated the Ertiga with the same engine option and the output of the engine will remain unchanged. The same engine produces a maximum of 103 Bhp and 139 Nm. The XL6 will be available only in two variants and is expected to get both manual and automatic transmission options.