Maruti Suzuki XL6 2019 - First Drive Review
- Aug 25, 2019
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Maruti Suzuki has finally launched the XL6 premium MPV in India. It is offered in two trims- Zeta and Alpha- with manual and automatic gearbox options that make it four variants in total. It is based on the Ertiga and will be sold via Nexa outlets. But how much does it differ from the Ertiga? Here’s a closer look at the premium MPV in detailed pictures.
While it is based on the Ertiga, the XL6 is far more than just a dressed up version of the MPV. At the front, the XL6 gets a revamped front fascia with highlights like a hexagonal front grille, all LED headlights and black cladding with silver inserts giving the MPV a premium look.
One of the main highlights for the MPV is that there is a wide chrome strip that splits the grille and merges into the DRLs and the LED headlamps.
In terms of size, the XL6 is longer by 50mm, wider by 40mm and taller by 10mm than the Ertiga. But since it is based on the same platform as the Ertiga, both models have the same wheelbase (2740mm) and boot space (209 litres).
A closer look at the sides reveal that the black cladding that was present in the front extends to its side profile towards the rear, with a silver insert along the skirt area.
The XL6 shares the same 15-inch alloy wheels as the Ertiga. However, they are given an all-black shade which matches the black cladding and gives it a sporty look. Even the wheel arches with the matte black cladding look rugged.
At the rear, the XL6 shares design cues from the Ertiga like its tail lamp design. But they are LEDs. The other differentiating factor at the rear is the black-cladding with silver inserts. The silver insert is also featured in the roof rails.
Like the Ertiga, the boot space in the XL6 is divided into 3 sections. In its standard trim with all 3 rows up the boot space available is 209 litres. With the 3rd row seats folded the space extends to 550 litres and with the 2nd row folded as well the space goes up to 692 litres.
Step inside, and you see the dashboard layout of the XL6 remains similar to the Ertiga. However, the black-beige colour combo has been replaced with a sportier all-black theme.
A closer look at the dashboard layout also reveals that the light wooden trim on the dashboard present in the Ertiga has been replaced by a darker trim with silver inserts in the XL6 to give it a premium look.
Coming to its feature list, the XL6 gets gizmos like a 7-inch Smartplay Studio touchscreen infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Other tidbits include climate control, push button start/stop with keyless entry, coloured multi-info display and electrically adjustable and foldable ORVMs.
As the name suggests, the XL6 is a 6-seater MPV that comes with a pair of captain seats with individual armrests for the middle row occupants.
The XL6 packs a host of safety features that include dual airbags, ABS with EBD, cruise control, rear parking sensors and camera, ISOFIX mounts in the second row, driver and co-driver seat belt reminder and high speed alert. Automatic variants also get Electronic Stability Program (ESP).
Powering the MPV is the same BS6-compliant 1.5-litre K15B petrol engine that delivers 105PS of power and 138Nm of torque. This engine also comes paired with Suzuki’s Smart-hybrid tech which provides a torque boost during acceleration.
The sole 1.5-litre petrol engine is mated to a 5-speed manual and a 4-speed torque converter automatic gearbox as options.
The XL6 premium MPV is priced between Rs 9.80 lakh and Rs 11.46 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). It is offered in six colour options - Nexa Blue, Pearl Arctic White, Pearl Brave Khaki, Prime Auburn Red, Metallic Magma Grey and Metallic Premium Silver. It will rival the likes of the Mahindra Marazzo and the Renault Lodgy in the Indian market.
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