India’s top car maker Maruti Suzuki will launch the Ertiga-based XL6 luxury MPV within days from now. The automaker has just opened bookings for the XL6 across all its dealerships in India. New details about the Maruti XL6 have also been revealed. The booking amount has been pegged at Rs. 11,000, and the MPV can be booked through the official NEXA website, and even through the NEXA app. Of course, customers wanting to book at their nearest Maruti Suzuki dealership are also free to do so.
Commenting on the occasion Mr. Shashank Srivastava, Executive Director, Marketing and Sales, Maruti Suzuki India said,
At Maruti Suzuki, we have always focused on bringing out products that match the customers’ demand. The XL6 is an exclusive 6-seater premium MPV, designed to meet the aspirations of evolved and discerning NEXA customers. With XL6, we bring NEXA’s first premium MPV, which is high on comfort and convenience along with an array of safety features. The XL6 will further strengthen our NEXA products portfolio and provide our customers with a range of products from hatchbacks, Sedan, SUV and now a premium MPV at NEXA. We hope our customers enjoy the experience of our latest offering.
Coming to the new details revealed about the XL6, it’s now clear that the MPV will be a petrol-only offering, in line with Maruti Suzuki’s strategy of phasing out diesel powered cars by April 2020, when the Bharat Stage 6 (BS6) emission norms come into effect. The petrol engine in question will be the same 1.5 liter-4 cylinder naturally aspirated K-Series unit seen on the likes of the Maruti Ertiga and Ciaz. This petrol engine will be offered with the Suzuki Hybrid Vehicle System (SHVS) mild hybrid powertrain as standard. There will be two transmission options on offer: a 5 speed manual and a 4 speed torque converter automatic. Both gearboxes will drive the front wheels of the MPV.
The Maruti XL6 will get two rows of captain seats, and will get a different interior colour scheme when compared with the Ertiga. The new MPV is expected to be available only on the top-end trim, and will get a slewof safety features as standard, including twin airbags, ABS, reverse parking sensors, a reverse parking camera, speed alerts, seat belt reminder and ISOFIX child seat mounts. The MPV will be sold through Maruti Suzuki’s NEXA chain of dealerships, and will get styling to sufficiently differentiate it from the Ertiga. In terms of pricing, the XL6 is likely to be about Rs. 50,000 pricier than a comparable Maruti Ertiga variant. It’ll be pitched as a luxurious, low cost alternative to the Toyota Innova Crysta.