Maruti XL6 dealer dispatches commence: First live pictures

Here are the first live images of the Maruti XL6, an Ertiga-based luxury MPV. While the Ertiga is sold through Maruti Suzuki’s Arena line up of showrooms, the XL6 is sold through the NEXA dealership chain. Maruti Suzuki has already begun dispatching the XL6 to dealerships across India. Here is one such XL6. These live pictures of the MPV should give you a better picture of what it’ll look like, in the flesh.

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The launch of the XL6 will happen on the 21st of August, which means that we’re just days away from knowing the prices of the MPV. Bookings are open though. Coming to pricing, the XL6 is likely to be pricier than the petrol powered Ertiga variants, owing to the higher level of kit offered on the former.

Also, there will be no diesel powered XL6 launched in India, at least for the next six months. This is because Maruti is yet to produce a BS6 compliant diesel engine for India.

The XL6 is based on the Ertiga but gets a slew of design changes, both on the outside and inside. On the outside, the front of the MPV is quite different from the Ertiga, with a new grille design and sharper headlamps. The XL6 almost looks like a Toyota Innova Crysta from some angles and we’re not sure if the resemblance is intentional.

From here on, the design is quite different. The sides of the MPV get cladding, while the rear gets a black hatchlid applique and revised tail lamps. The front and read bumpers get faux skid plates as well, which is quite odd for an MPV advertising luxury. Probably, Maruti will market the XL6 as a rugged yet luxurious MPV, which is almost a crossover.

On the inside, things get much better. There are 4 captain seats, each with their individual armrests to make traveling in the XL6 very comfortable, especially for longer distances. The interiors get a plum and black colour scheme, another detail inspired by the Innova Crysta. Clearly, the Toyota Innova Crysta seems to be the target of the XL6, and those seeking comfort, luxury and reliability at a significantly lower price tag are likely to opt for the Maruti MPV. We expect the XL6 to be priced at around Rs. 10 lakhs, making it around Rs. 5 lakhs cheaper than the Toyota Innova Crysta.

 

The XL6 will only offer 6 seats though. The MPV will use the 1.5 liter K-Series engine with a mild hybrid powertrain. This motor makes 104 Bhp-138 Nm, and is smooth and fuel efficient. 5 speed manual and 4 speed torque converter automatics are offered, while a front wheel drive layout will be standard. Deliveries of the XL6 will begin on the same day of launch. A CNG-petrol dual fuel option could be in the pipeline for the new Maruti MPV.