India’s largest car manufacturer Maruti Suzuki last year launched XL6 MPV which was basically the premium version of the Ertiga. The manufacturer is now working on another model which is based on Maruti’s famous WagonR hatchback. The WagonR got a facelift earlier last year and became quite popular in the country. Just like any other new-gen Maruti Suzuki vehicle, WagonR is also based on HEARTECT platform which makes it bigger and spacious than the earlier version. The upcoming WagonR based vehicle will probably be known as XL5 and was recently spotted testing on Indian roads under heavy camouflage.
The video has been uploaded by IAB on their youtube channel and shows a heavily camaflouged hatchback being tested on road. From the rear it is quite evident that the car is based on WagonR. Coming to the side the car is now riding on new alloy wheels which are similar to the one that we have seen on Ignis. That is the only noticeable change in the car on the side profile.
However coming to the front, you’ll start noticing more changes. The upcoming XL5 is likely to get a different design from the WagonR. From the video it looks like the car will have a bigger grille and split headlamp set up. It will get a LED DRL like many other modern day premium cars get in the country. The headlamp will be placed below the DRL like the one we have seen in Harrier and other cars.
Lower part of the bumper gets a silver skid plate and fog lamps are also positioned on both sides of the bumper. Changes will not only be seen on the outside but inside as well. The cabin is likely to receive an all black treatment with premium interiors like leather seats. The engine, however, will remain the same. We can expect a higher power-generating 1.2-litre engine that is available with the WagonR to power the premium version of the car too. However, we may also get to see the 1.0-litre engine option to keep the price competitive. As mentioned, this will be a premium version of WagonR and just like XL6, XL5 will also be sold via Nexa dealerships. It is expected that Maruti will launch the XL5 later this year.