Maruti is readying a premium alternative to the Ertiga. The MPV, called the XL6, has been spotted on multiple occasions testing on Indian soil. Suzuki has already showcased the vehicle in concept form at the 2019 Indonesia Auto Show. However, it seems that the brand will launch the vehicle first in the Indian market on Aug 21, 2019. Following its launch here, the MPV will be launched in other parts of the world. It is likely that the XL6 will be exported from India. XL6 is based on the Ertiga MPV but gets multiple changes inside and out.
The model is expected to get all-new front styling with a much bigger LED headlamps, larger grille and chunkier bumpers. As seen from the spy shots earlier XL6, also gets body cladding along its sides and also on the rear bumper, along with a faux skid plate. Apart from these styling tweaks, the XL6 seems to share most of its body panels, including the doors and tailgate, the alloy wheels and even the tail-lamps with the standard Ertiga. The interior is likely to be all-black for the XL6 and the model, going by its name, will feature a six-seat cabin with two separate captain chairs for the second row. Also, expect Maruti Suzuki to offer the new Smart Play Studio infotainment system on the XL6, along with other premium touches in order to differentiate it from the standard Ertiga.
Under the hood, the XL6 gets Maruti’s newest 1.5-litre petrol engine that also does duty on the Ciaz and the Ertiga. There are talks that the BS6-compliant version of this 1.5-litre engine will debut on this model. Our sources tell us the model will not get a diesel engine variant. There will be a sole 5-speed manual transmission; but a 4-speed torque-convertor automatic could join later.