Maruti Suzuki has just launched a new MPV in India – the XL6. The XL6 is based on the 2nd generation Ertiga but gets a slew of styling and feature changes to make it quite distinct from its MPV sibling. These changes give the XL6 the stance of a crossover, and Maruti Suzuki even goes to the extent of calling it a SUV. Here is a video that shows what the Maruti XL6 looks like next to a Ertiga. The video brings out the visual differences between the two MPVs. As for the driving performance of the Maruti XL6, you can check out our first drive review here. For now, here’s the video that shows the XL6 next to the Ertiga.
A key difference between the two MPVs is that the XL6 is aimed at family car buyers seeking a plush, 6 seat vehicle that’s not really meant for the cab market. The XL6 is sold from the NEXA chain of Maruti dealerships and is also pricier than the Ertiga. It’s a petrol-only car and uses the 1.5 liter K-Series petrol mild hybrid set up that’s also offered on the Ertiga. This motor is also offered on the Ciaz, and makes 104 Bhp-138 Nm. There are two gearbox options on offer: a 5 speed manual and a 4 speed torque converter automatic.
On the outside, the XL6 gets a bolder front grille, revised bumper with insert and sharper headlamps. There are roof rails and cladding, two other design bits that give the MPV a crossover-ish look. At the rear, the bumper gets a new look with skid plates while a black insert under the rear windscreen is another butch design element. On the inside, the XL6 gets all-black interiors and a key change here is the addition of captain seats with arm rests for the second row. Cruise control is a standard feature across the XL6 variants, which is offered in Zeta and Alpha trims.
Another interesting feature of the XL6 is the low gear mode in the automatic variant, which is meant to allow the MPV to hold onto the 2nd gear to offer more torque for quick overtaking and getting out of slushy conditions. Those who need the lower running costs of a diesel or CNG MPV still have to opt for the Ertiga, which does offer both options. The diesel powered Ertiga is now offered with a 1.5 liter-4 cylinder turbocharged diesel engine that makes 94 Bhp-225 Nm. This engine is paired with a 6 speed manual gearbox. The CNG option on the Ertiga uses the 1.5 liter K-Series petrol engine, and is available in cities where CNG dispensing infrastructure is already available. It remains to be seen if Maruti offers the CNG-Petrol dual fuel option on the Ertiga as well.