We’re just days away from a new car launch from Maruti Suzuki – the XL6, which is based on the new Ertiga MPV. The Maruti XL6 will be a 6 seat luxury MPV that will sit above the 2nd generation Ertiga in terms of price and positioning. It’ll be sold through the NEXA chain of premium car dealerships that Maruti Suzuki has established across the country. The MPV will be promoted by Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh, who has appeared for Ciaz and NEXA promotions in the past. Maruti has just released three more teasers of the XL6, which together will help you piece together what the MPV is all about.
The first new teaser shows the front end styling of the XL6, which reveals that it’ll get a prominent grille that makes the styling similar to that on the Toyota Innova Crysta. Design changes on the XL6 will include roof rails and refreshed bits on the rear as well. Overall, the Maruti Suzuki XL6, which while being based on the body shell of the 2nd generation Ertiga, will look significantly different, giving it a unique identity on the road. This also explains why Maruti is selling the new MPV through the NEXA chain of dealerships rather than the ARENA chain, from where the regular Ertiga is sold.
Two other teasers show the insides of the XL6. The 4 captain seat layout with individual arm rests is a major selling point of the new vehicle, which promises to be a more comfortable people mover than the regular Ertiga, which seats 7. The interiors of the XL6 dump the beige trim of the Ertiga for a plum and black colour scheme. This is another premium touch that seems inspired by the Toyota Innova Crysta, which also offers a similar interior colour scheme on the higher variants. The dashboard of the XL6 will also get a black finish, and the SmartPlay touchscreen infotainment system will form a prominent part of the center console.
Under the hood, no real changes are expected. The Maruti Suzuki XL6 will retain the HEARTECT platform, which makes it light, strong and fuel efficient. The 1.5 liter petrol mild hybrid K-Series engine with 104 Bhp-138 Nm is likely to be the only powertrain offered on the XL6, which is likely to get 5 speed manual and 4 speed torque converter automatic gearbox options.
This engine is likely to be BS6 compliant right from the outset on the XL6 given the fact that the new Ertiga has already received this engine in BS6 compliant trim. The Fiat Multijet diesel and the newly developed 1.5 liter diesel engines are not likely to be offered on this MPV as Maruti plans to phase out diesel engines before the Bharat Stage 6 (BS6) emission norms come into effect from April 2020.
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